Episode 485 – Outfoxed!

This week: how did Japan’s most popular god develop a following around the country, and why is that god–Inari–associated with everything from farming to fire prevention? How come you see Inari worship in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines alike? And what does all of this have to do with foxes, anyway?

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A fox statue at Fushimi Inari Shrine. The whole ‘is Inari a fox’ thing is, well, complicated.
The top of Mt. Inari. You can climb the mountain pretty easily; there’s even a train station across the street from the shrine.
The Reikozuka, or Spirit Fox Mound, of Toyokawa Inari.
Taira no Kiyomori confronted by an apparition of Inari, by Kuniyoshi.

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