Saturday, December 26, 2009


Technically, the statues at the Fushimi Inari shrine complex in Kyoto are foxes not dogs, but they sure looked like pooches to me.

Cultural note: "Inari" is the Shinto god of success and prosperity; the fox is Inari's messenger, and therefore stationed all over the temple grounds. The red bibs were tied on by families seeking protection for deceased children in the afterlife.

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