a roadside petit shrine with a cute pair of fox statues

There are many roadside small shrines in every corner throughout Japan.

The other day I came across this petit shrine above in Yokohama.  It has a pair of fox statues.  A fox is regarded as a messenger of the god of a good harvest and wealth.  Well, take a close look at their mouth.  One says ‘Ah’ with its mouth open, and the other says ‘Un’ with its mouth closed.

There are about 80000 shrines in Japan.  But this figure only represents shrines officially registered at the authority.  So I am not sure this super small one above is included.. Anyway, the number of convenience stores in Japan is about half that of shrines.  You can realize how many shrines we have very easily.


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