Motonosumi Inari Shrine is located in western Japan, far from the rest of the world. The nearest city, 80
I go there with my parents to watch the sunset. Surprise, surprise: around thirty cars queuing for a space in the small parking lot. I find a secluded spot a kilometre from the entrance to hide the car, in cheeky rascal mood. Don’t want to miss this sunset!
My obsession with torii is satiated: 123 of them stand here, snaking gracefully along the reef. We’re captivated by the beauty of the site! The sea is beautiful, the torii blazing red, the sky fabulous. My father performs the
But don’t you particularly notice the freshness of the site?
There’s a good reason. This shrine is recent! It only dates back to 1955 …
… when a white fox appeared to a local fisherman, promising him the earth if he erected this shrine. No mention of these famous torii at the time.
Indeed, the torii were built during the last renovation, between 1987 and 1997, by a solitary workman! A colossal effort but a touristic stroke of genius, no doubt about that 🙂
Isn’t the result just perfect?
As for me, I just wish that all the humans could be replaced by deer, or better still by foxes. Oh, if only I had a magic wand.
Of course, we don’t visit a shrine just for the pleasure of gazing upon it, do we? Those who want their wildest dreams to come true have to try and throw their offerings (small coins, not fruit and veg!) into the little box you can see at the top of the torii below. Someone’s just having a go.
We don’t catch the sunset, but the view from the top of the shrine is so sublime that I admire the changing colours from there. I can’t get enough of it.
This was the starting point for an incredible two-week trip with my parents, which they’ll never forget. And me neither!
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