• LOCATION 15 | Fushimi Inari Shrine: An In-Depth Guide

    Root up Pine Tree and the Origin

    Root up Pine Tree and the Origin on Kyoto audio tour Fushimi Inari Shrine: An In-Depth Guide

    Turn left and go up the steps and please go to the front of the stump of pine tree. You should also see a small donation box in front of you.

    This is called Root up Pine Tree for an obvious reason.
    It looks like the lower body of a human, one leg straight, and the other in the front and bent. People believe this stump has a strong energy, and you can touch it to absorb its energy, or walk under the roots to get special blessing for your lower body.

    In Japanese, it's called "Neagari no Matsu."
    Ne is a homophone of root, and price. Agari means going up.
    So it can be translated as Root up, or price up.
    And this is a stock of a tree.
    Therefore, it also has a special blessing for your business. Your stock price goes up.

    Now make your way to the back of the tree.

    You can see the overview of Senbon Torii that you walked through earlier.
    It's an interesting view. I like this shrine having a beautiful harmony of man-made beauty and nature.

    Now please head back to the small steps.

    There you can see a volcanic rock on the left of the steps. This too doesn't have any record of who, when, and why it was brought here. Again remember when this was built, convenient year, yes, 711. It's too old to know everything.

    When you're ready, go down the steps, turn left, and continue walking through the gates until you see a map.

    Now while you are walking I'd like to share a little story time about the origin of this shrine.

    Once upon a time, there was a warrior. He was practicing archery, and somehow he was aiming at Mochi, rice cake.
    When he hit it, it turned into a white bird, flew away, and landed in the mountain you are at. All the rice farms started blooming. He ran back to his village told everybody, "rice cake, white bird!"
    Everybody said "really... That must be a miracle! Let's build a shrine!"
    After 1300 years, tens of thousands of people a day visit this shrine. I'm sure the warrior wouldn't have even imagined…

    Now you tell your friends.
    "I went to Japan and pounded a rice cake, it turned into a bird, cherry blossoms started blooming!"
    What would your friends say?

    Right, they'd say "You are crazy!"

    There's an important lesson here.
    We sometimes feel like we must know everything with having smartphone. We might react negatively when we encounter something we don't understand. But we can always be OK about not understanding certain things, and do something positive out of these unknowns.
    People used to know they don't know things.
    It's totally natural considering their life then.
    Let me share it shortly.

    I'll meet you at the map ahead of you.

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Fushimi Inari Shrine: An In-Depth Guide