As I walked along the approach to the temple, where there were many banners and foxes, I soon came to the inner sanctuary of Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin. At best, it's an efficient use of the small precincts; at worst, it's chaotic, with gods sitting all over the place. In any case, this is a dense area of gods. The inner sanctuary is not built in a secluded area, and there are still halls next to it where the gods are enshrined.
These halls are called Sansin-den, and as the name implies, three gods are enshrined here. The three gods are Prince Uga, who is blessed with prosperity in business, Taro Inari, who protects one's health, and Tokushichiro Inari, who brings about amicable relationships. Since most of our problems are related to relationships, health, or money, it would seem that as long as these three gods are enshrined, the other gods are useless, but the world is not that simple.
Toyokawa Inari enshrines not only the main deity, Dakini-Ten, but also Daikokuten, Yutoku-Inari, and Aizen-Myoo, all of which claim their own benefits. As a result of subdividing the Japanese deities by their benefits, I felt that each of them has become too specialized.
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