Events:

Light displays(Japanese version only):

https://illumi.walkerplus.com/ranking/

https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/illumi/

https://www.rurubu.com/season/winter/illumination/

https://weathernews.jp/s/illumi/


Ice and Snow Festivals(Japanese version only);

https://www.rurubu.com/season/winter/illumination/list.aspx?FestFlg=1

fall foliage forecast for 2018:

https://tenki.jp/forecaster/y_nakagawa/2018/09/11/2051.html (Japanese version only)

The fall colors have begun in the Taisetsu mountain range, Hokkaido. (September 16, 2018)

Daisetsuzan National Park Sounkyo Visitor Center:

http://sounkyovc.net/

when and where to see fall foliage:

https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/weather/koyo/

https://qnew-news.net/tour-town/momizi-news.html

https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/leaf/ (Japanese version only)

http://www.rurubu.com/season/autumn/koyo/ (Japanese version only)

https://koyo.walkerplus.com/ (Japanese version only)

http://www.discovernippon.jp/autumn/


seasonal flowers:




Wednesday, February 9, 2011

the first horse's day of February (Hatsuuma)

Rituals for agricultural fertility are practiced at Fushimi Inari Taisha(伏見稲荷大社 :the head shrine of Inari in Fushimi) and its sub-shrines throughout Japan on the first horse's day of February (初午, Hatsuuma). The day corresponds to February 8th this year.

A torii is a symbolic Shinto shrine gate which marks the entrance to a sacred area. It literally means "a perch for birds," but its exact origin is unclear.


This is called "1,000 torii(千本鳥居, senbon-torii)," but in reality 10,000 torii line up.
Inari(稲荷) is the god grain, agriculture, trade and manufacture.  Followers of Inari have a custom of donating a wooden torii to Inari. It is said that the custom started from the Edo Period. As a result, 10,000 torii has lined up.


The date of dedication using Japanese traditional era name is written on torii. A visitor estimates that a wooden torii have a useful life-span of 20 years.  It seems that many followers dedicate torii every year.

photos: 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙(Japanese version only)


At Inari shrines, foxes are regarded as the messengers of the god. They hold a key, a gem, ears of rice and a scroll (Buddhist canon) in their mouths.




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