Tokyo Re-Discovery

Shrine on a Street Corner : Yurakucho

Feb 19 2015

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A quiet shrine in the business district.

Meet God's messengers who watched Tokyo grow 

10 minutes walk from Tokyo station/ Ginza will take you to a small shrine with a vermilion torii, the sacred arch, at the foot of the 20-story building.

It is "Yuraku Inari Shrine" which was established here 160 years ago.  

 

Why are fox statues often offered to Inari shrines?

Japanese have regarded the animals as messengers of God as they catch rats that eat grain and their tails look like rice stalks.

 

The foxes have watched and will be watching people who come and go in the business area.

 

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Miss Echo (Translator)


Born and grew up in downtown Tokyo, she is the true lover of Tokyo’s traditional & unique culture. She does researches as she finds something interesting on streets.

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