For the last of my series on the details of Fushimi Inari-taisha, I feature a torii. At least a portion of one. A torii is a gate, typically large and painted in Vermillion. They stand at the entrance of Japanese Shrines and mark sacred spaces.
Buddhism and Shinto are the two main religions in Japan. While a Buddhist Temple and a Shinto Shrine may look similar architecturally, to the unfamiliar, the easy rule of thumb is, Shinto Shrines have a torii.
As you can see from the six detailed posts, Fushimi Inari-taisha is a beautiful, renovated landmark. However, I have yet to show what makes this place truly special. Today’s post is a hint but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get the full breadth of what makes this place worth visiting.
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