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「毎日楽しいの為に」 Flawless Passion

伏見稲荷大社 Fushimi Inari-Taisha – May 27th, 2012

In Kyoto, there are many historic shrines and temples worth visiting. To be honest, I’m not a person that is very interested in historic places, but if I had to choose one place to visit in Kyoto, I would choose Fushimi Inari-Taisha (wiki). The reasons why are relatively simple. One, seeing thousands of Torii and walking through them is utterly cool. Two, a few scenes of Kamen Rider Fourze in episode 33 took place here. Seriously, those are reasons enough for me to come here as the last spot for me to visit in Kyoto.

This trip could also be subtitled as “We are lost, but it’s ok, I think I know which way we should go but not where we are”.

On a sunny day, me and my friend made our way to the entrance after getting lost as soon as we got off the train station. Not sure how, as the map looked really simple. I didn’t take any photos of us wondering around look for the right place, but I really really should have. It was quite an adventure, as we wandered everywhere, piecing all the facts we know and guessing where we think the place should be, where we are relative to it, and even figuring out how to cross a river. It took a while but eventually we found it. Without photos or videos, now they are just fading memories. You will hear me repeat this again.

By the way, that policeman was guiding traffic for the intersection behind me. Don’t worry, I wasn’t getting arrested for taking photos.

Moving along, there was lots of stalls and stores lining the passage. It took quite a bit of will power not to give into buying food.

Turn a quick corner and suddenly this came into view. I wasn’t expecting big, bright buildings when I came here.

Let’s take some quick looks. The building was incredibly decorated.

There were a number of other structures too. I have no idea what each are for.

I honestly came here without expecting all of this, so I just wandered around and took photos of what I thought looked like a nice scene.

There were lots of stuff to see but not enough time to fully enjoy the area. Because of us getting lost trying to get here, it was already 2:30pm. I think we left the dorm a bit before noon.

Enough with exploring this first area. Let’s finally begin our journey through the gates. I apologize for the segments of short videos. I know it’s not ideal for a post and useless as a video by itself. If only my friend was good at taking photos or videos, we could have split the jobs.

Speaking of splitting, here the path forks into two. Both paths lead to the same place if I remember correctly. In episode 33 of Kamen Rider Fourze, Libra came from the left tunnel and Gentarou transformed right where I am standing.

This fox statue appeared in the 1-2-3 cut-ins too. I gotta admit though, a fox wasn’t the first animal I thought of when I saw the statue. On the back of each torii were names of companies and businesses scribed on. Visit Wikipedia to know why. There were also a lot of students that day, there were on a field trip I suppose.

I think we took the right path of the split, which was a relatively short tunnel of torii that lead to the next area.

And this was the spot Yuuki dragged the other girl to. Ah, I was talking about Fourze. You can see some fox shaped wooden plates that people write their wishes on.

This area was essentially a square, and after taking a look around we continue on. The video is 15 minutes of us just walking and it is quite shaky too. So not only may it be boring, it is also hard to watch.

Yeah, we are both out of shape. After a simple 15 minutes, we were tired out and had to take a small break. This spot had a good view of the city, and it was breezy too, which was felt really good.

After taking the break, we continue on, but embarrassingly, it appears that our brains had been fried in the heat and we started discussing dumb stuff, like taking a giant water slide back down the mountain. The video ended kind of abruptly, and I don’t remember why I did that. I think we may have passed the highest and the path led back down.

On our way back down, rather than following the path lined with gates where everyone was going, I spotted a dirt path and I said to my friend that we should explore that dirt path. My friend didn’t think it was a good idea and I said it will be an adventure. It turns out that we were both right. It wasn’t a good idea, the path led us to some really steep stone paths downhill and into some rural looking place. We continued on for hours, lost and guessing where we were with a feeling of “I think we are heading in the right direction, maybe”. I didn’t take any photos or videos of our adventure being lost in a number of environments that we walked through, and I regret that. I only have my fading memories, which is not going to last forever.

Eventually, we made it back to the spot in the beginning of this post. It turns out that we had walked around the mountain. To reward ourselves for making it back alive, me and my friend ordered some shaved ice to cool off from the warm day. It was my first time eating one and the lady at the store gave us a huge serving. And I suppose that ends my long day that I didn’t tell very well.

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