Toyokawa Inari, located in Moto-Akasaka, is a Buddhist temple of the Soto sect of Buddhism, although at first glance it seems to be a Shinto shrine with the name "Inari". As it is not a shrine, it is not in the same family as Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, but its principal deity is Dakini-ten, who is believed to be the same as Inari-ookami. It may seem like a mismatch between an Inari Shinto shrine and a Buddhist temple, but I guess it is a remnant of the Shinto-Buddhist syncretism before the Meiji Restoration.
There are many statues of foxes in the precincts of the temple. There was also a large statue of a fox in front of the main hall. The fox statue in the photo is it. The tail of the dignified fox was thick and upright as if it was on guard to protect the temple grounds.
|Jul 2016 STILL LIFE TOKYO
|FOX MOTO-AKASAKA STATUE TEMPLE
July 7, 2016
October 3, 2023
Still Life Photography
SIGMA DP2 MERRILL