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Anamori Inari Shrine – Haneda

Posted in Places by tokyobling on August 20, 2013

One of the three shrines in Tokyo’s Haneda district is the Anamori Inari Shrine (穴守稲荷神社), near the station of the same name on the Keikyu Airport Line. Together they make up the Haneda Shrine itself. Being an inari shrine means that it is a shrine devoted to the Inari God, always shown in the form of a fox, responsible for protecting farming, fertility and rice. Usually the foxes comes in pairs, one male and one female. There are quite a few legends attached to the shrine and it is popular with pregnant women and parents. Of over 80 000 shrines in Japan about 32 000 are Inari Shrines. Although not the most powerful, Inari is certainly the most popular with ordinary people! In the old days some of these shrines kept live fox but this is very unusual these days, only once have I seen a real fox underneath a torii gate, in 2009 up in Miyagi prefecture!

The best fox though, is Konchan, the fox just outside the Anamori Inari Jinja Station, dressed up in the festival garb of the Haneda festival and sponsored by the airlines of Japan. Konchan wears different clothes on different days and the people of the city takes turn dressing her up in seasonal clothes. When I visited there was a sign that they were looking for volunteers to make a new set clothes for her. I wonder if I should step up?

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  1. Hangaku Gozen said, on August 20, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Yes! I think you should offer to dress Konchan some time. But what would you choose? A fancy Harajuku outift? Maybe something more Western? 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on August 25, 2013 at 5:24 am

      Hm… an Awaodori dress maybe? Or a sailors uniform? Or a British Bobby outfit?

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  2. Sam Maxwell said, on August 20, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Your photography is wonderful! I really adore your photos!

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  3. pk1154 said, on August 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Konchan is adorable. Do you dream of dressing her like one of your favorite awaodori teams?

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  4. HeySJ said, on August 21, 2013 at 12:39 am

    The shrine looks beautiful in your photos. Konchan is cute! Is autumn approaching over in Japan yet? Maybe an outfit to go with the season would be perfect for Konchan.

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    • tokyobling said, on August 25, 2013 at 5:26 am

      Thank you! We are nowhere near Autumn yet… but an autumn outfit would be good! A deer stalker hat and a pipe maybe?

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  5. tokyohamster said, on August 21, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Gorgeous photos! I love the pathway of red shrine ‘entrances’? I don’t know what they’re called! It reminds me of Kyoto. Konchan is adorable too.. I wonder how many outfits she has!

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    • tokyobling said, on August 25, 2013 at 5:28 am

      Thanks! They are called torii, but I am sure there is a special name for these miniature torii… (^-^) I would like to see all her outfits!

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