“Dawn Breaks At A Shinto Shrine” was a music piece produced by Urato Watanabe and we used to play it during band practice in my secondary school days. I can’t recall much of the melody but there were a lot of pounding on the bass drums in particular, it almost sounds like a ritual is taking place at a Shinto Shrine honoring some great festivals.
My favourite Shinto Shrine is Fushimi Inari-taisha, located in Kyoto, where you get not only get to see lines of red tori gates trailing up the mountains, but also spectacular street food once you exit the Fushimi Inari train station!
Let’s visit Fushimi Inari-taisha together!
After going up those flights of steps, you will come face-to-face with more red torri gates…. For those who’ve watched “Memoirs of a Geisha” directed by Rob Marshall released in 2005 featuring Chinese actresses Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li and Michelle Yeoh, this is the site where little Chiyo ran through those strangely deserted torri gates!
It’s almost impossible to be ‘photobombed’ as there were too many people walking up and down the gates. At this point, there would be a ‘resting point’ for you to enjoy some scenic views of the city, and you can decide to go further up and make a round and go down through more torri gates…
Pray for good luck before you leave the shrine 🙂 I picked a ‘slot’ and got quite a good one for my 2016 fortune. I can’t really understand the whole chunk of Japanese text, but I it’s supposed to be good cos of the words “大吉” on the top.
Get ready to ‘splurge’ on street food next!
I’m sure the mood will be different if there are festivals (Matsuri) held at the Shrine, such as New Year.