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The impressive entry of Red Torii "gates" that lead to the Fushimi Inari Taisha Jinja.  This awe inspiring Shinto Shrine is dedicated to the Inari Kitsune Spirit.  It's located in the town of Fushimi-ku, which is about 2 kilometers southeast of world-renowned Kyoto, Japan.

The impressive entry of Red Torii "gates" that lead to the Fushimi Inari Taisha Jinja. This awe inspiring Shinto Shrine is dedicated to the Inari Kitsune Spirit. It's located in the town of Fushimi-ku, which is about 2 kilometers southeast of world-renowned Kyoto, Japan.

Shinto Inari Kitsune Shrine

Shinto Inari Kitsune Shrine

Two Custom-made Kitsune Masks by "Merrimask" displayed on www.deviantart.com

Two Custom-made Kitsune Masks by "Merrimask" displayed on www.deviantart.com

The Hokaido Fox of Northern Japan.

The Hokaido Fox of Northern Japan.

The  Echigo Naruse (越後名寄; Encyclopedia of Echigo (1751-1764) describes a traditional Japanese Kitsune Procession, which later became associated with weddings:  “On dark and quiet nights, in secret places, strings of lanterns or torches can be seen stretching out single file in an unbroken chain more than two miles long. It is a rare site, but an unmistakable one. It can be seen most often in Kanbara county, and it is said that on such night young foxes claim their mates.”

The Echigo Naruse (越後名寄; Encyclopedia of Echigo (1751-1764) describes a traditional Japanese Kitsune Procession, which later became associated with weddings: “On dark and quiet nights, in secret places, strings of lanterns or torches can be seen stretching out single file in an unbroken chain more than two miles long. It is a rare site, but an unmistakable one. It can be seen most often in Kanbara county, and it is said that on such night young foxes claim their mates.”

Kitsune no Yomeiri – The Fox Wedding

Kitsune no Yomeiri – The Fox Wedding

The Kitsune Wedding Procession.

The Kitsune Wedding Procession.

Kitsune stands guard by the "Kimon," the gateway where demons gather to enter this world and prevents them from coming in.

Kitsune stands guard by the "Kimon," the gateway where demons gather to enter this world and prevents them from coming in.

Omamori - Japanese Amulets: Inari - Fox Deity

Omamori - Japanese Amulets: Inari - Fox Deity

uma nori kitsune 馬乗り狐 inari fox riding a horse  The horse as the messenger of the fox-deity is used by the god from the Inari Fox Mountain...

uma nori kitsune 馬乗り狐 inari fox riding a horse The horse as the messenger of the fox-deity is used by the god from the Inari Fox Mountain...