Torii Gates

Photographer Unknown, “Torii Gates, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Mount Inari, Japan”

In the seventh century the Hata family began construction of the Fushimi Inari shrine. A shrine dedicated to Inari, the god of rice and sake. Over the centuries, as Japan slowly transformed itself from an agricultural nation to an industrial one, the shrine became important for providing luck in business. It is now one of Japan’s most visited shrine.

One of the main attractions is the climb to the top of the mount which is lined with over 4000 Torii gates. They form a glowing red tunnel that winds itself up the narrow mountain path. The oldest gates are from the 8th century, and new ones are added constantly. Each of the gates has been donated by a Japanese business to insure them luck.

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