Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Fushimi Inari Shrine

We went to see the Fushimi Inari Shrine two days ago. It was pretty amazing. One of the most incredible things there are the thousands upon thousands of arches That form a tunnel to near the top of the mountain. Almost the entire path is covered by these gates taht were purchased by both companies and individuals (at great expense) in the hope of incurring the blessings of the gods.

There is no dout that this giant shrine was incredibly expensive, not just to build, but to maintain. Many of the arches are in need of repair. As we were walking around, I couldn't help but wonder if something like this could actually be feasibly build because of the great expense it would occur. Parts of it definatly look like they are privatly owned, and although it would be possible for one family to put it together, it would take a lifetime or two or if they actually are privately owned, several generations must have built thir home and yards bit by bit over the decades that pass.

This is definatly something that people should see if they come to Japan, especially because it seems so much different than other historic sites which can blend together after seeing more than a few of them.


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