fox (kitsune)

Welcome the New Year by Joining This Fox Parade at the Oji Inari Shrine in Tokyo!

It is said that human beings and foxes lived together in the olden times. Foxes are depicted as intelligent creatures that have the ability to trick others or act as faithful guardians. The latter is the reason why there are many Japanese shrines dedicated to the deity of foxes. One example is Oji Inari Shrine,…

This Delicious Hidden Gem is a Must-Try when Visiting Beautiful Kyoto!

Kyoto (京都) is a very popular city to visit among travelers due to its beautiful historical attractions and culture. Kyoto is also well-known for its traditional multi-course meal (kaiseki ryori), pickles (tsukemono) and side dishes (obanzai). However, in this article, I am going to derail you for a second and introduce you to a new…

Try Japan’s Divine Treat Inarizushi: Sushi Fit for a God!

If you want a unique taste of Japanese culture, why not try the odd and intriguing sushi which is fabled to be the favourite food of the Shinto god, Inari? Whether you are going to your local sushi place or visiting Nara, in Japan, and sampling one of the many famous Japanese restaurants in the…

Take a Closer Look at Japanese Women and Their ’Foxy’ Features

There is a fascination with foxes (kitsune) and raccoons (tanuki) in Japan. In fact, you probably already knew that if you watch anime or read manga as these animals appear in there often. The fascination towards these animals even extends to women desiring to have faces resembling foxes (kitsune gao) or raccoons (tanuki gao)! No…

What does the fox say? Come find out at a Fox Village in Japan!

If you ever find yourself in Japan and your idea of a fun day is petting and feeding cute animals, why not stop by the Zao Fox Village? The village is sanctuary to hundreds of animals, including over six different breeds of foxes who roam free! Petting zoo of Zao Fox Village zao-fox-village.com/ The first…

5 Weird Things in Japan that the Japanese Don’t Consider Strange At All!

Internationally (in)famous for strange inventions, Japan has a lot to offer if you are interested in the unusual, exotic or just strange. The number of things that often surprise foreigners but are ‘totally normal’ to Japanese is infinite. 1. Yaeba (八重歯) jp.fotolia.com/ Having uneven teeth or a ‘snaggletooth’ is considered a sign of youthfulness in…

3 Popular Animals in the Japanese Mythology

Every culture has a rich tapestry of folk tales and mythology, and Japan is no exception. You may be familiar with Yokai from scary stories or films, but there are some characters in the folk law that are a bit cuter, although they still might be naughty! Three animals are often written about in Japanese…

“Fushimi Inari Taisha” The Shrine of Fox Deities

Fushimi Inari Shrine is a very famous shrine to the god of harvest, Inari. Fushimi Inari is located in east Kyoto, the old capital of Japan. For tourists, this place is a great draw, and it is obvious why. With rows upon rows of torii gates winding up Mount Inari this is a unique and…