Japanese fox masks for festival

Japanese fox masks for festival. Tradition said that foxes from all over the Oji area of Kita-ku gathered to visit Oji Inari-jinja Shrine on New Year's Eve. Now, people gather and visit the shrine in fox masks for a parade inspired by the legend.

Noh mask concept given to Robert to wear with the Okassa tribe.

Ghost mask concept given to Robert to wear with the Okassa tribe.

Noh 能 | shows how mask is worn accentuating the 'high brow' look.

Noh 能 | shows how mask is worn accentuating the 'high brow' look.

Japanese  mask. Japón.

Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox. According to Japanese traditions, foxes are thought to be the messengers of the goddess Inari. In Japanese myth, the gods themselves may appear as foxes.

The festival started sometime between 1716 and 1735 and was celebration that coincided with Kurosuke Inari festival at the Yoshiwara Shrine. The courtesans as well as patrons would wear fox masks and play music, dance, put on skits and then proceed in a procession with paper lanterns as the day melted into night in the heat of the 8th month.  Photography and text by  Rekishi no Tabi on Flickr.  Image taken August 3, 2014

The festival started sometime between 1716 and 1735 and was celebration that coincided with Kurosuke Inari festival at the Yoshiwara Shrine. The courtesans as well as patrons would wear fox masks and.


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