Ahead is my third post for the 10 Day Travel Photo Challenge from my Friendly Friday co-host Amanda and I’m back with my two-a-day-maybe-more-than-one-photo post of a single destination.
Travel Photo – Day 5
If you’ve ever watched the movie “Spirited Away” by Hayao Miyazaki, you’ll remember the scene where Haku’s dragon gets viciously attacked by flock of sharp paper-like birds. Imagine my delight when I saw the inspiration for the imagery at the Fushima Inari shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
The papers, called O-mikuji, have fortunes written on them and are typically placed in boxes close to a Shinto or Buddhist shrine. For a small offering, believers can choose a random fortune. If it is a good fortune, they’ll take it with them. If it is a bad fortune, they’ll tie it to a nearby tree hoping that the bad luck will remain there rather than follow them.
Travel Photo – Day 6
Fushimi Inari is a destination point in Kyoto, Japan. The main temple is at the base of the Inari mountain with many smaller shrines up the mountain itself. The highlight of the shrine are the rows of torii gates, known as Senbon Torii. During the Edo period (1603 – 1868) it was customary for business men to donate torii gates to have wishes come true or in gratitude for having had a wish come true. Along the main path there are around 1,000 torii gates and it is a spectacular sight.
Toronto, Canada. December 2020