A Thousand Red Gates

That would be Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine. And it’s as gorgeous as in the magazine photos. The red is so…RED. Seriously. I’ve never seen that shade of red, and coupled with the lush green of the forest, it makes for a vivid and ethereal effect. As if you’re somewhere else in time. They was praying going on, so we didn’t take a lot of pictures of the actual temple (plus it’s a sacred place, so we didn’t feel right pulling out the camera). But the gates were fair game! Feast your eyes on this:

Vermillion as far as the eye can see. And teenage traveller son.

We have a pocket wi-fi. Do you think we checked before walking the 5km in midday 32 degree sun to see the sacredest place of all sacred places: The Manga Museum (teenage traveller son’s Number One item on wish list). And this is what we found when we got there. I think I heard his heart break. Ice cream followed. Poor kid.

Then it was on to Hongan-ji shrine (a corner of it, anyway), another treat for the eyeballs. Under renovations, but majestic even with the plastic wrap. Ok, the photo s sideways and I don’t know why. I keep flipping it and it won’t stick. Sorry!

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