CHAPTER 20: On Mount Inari

CHAPTER 20: On Mount Inari

July 16, 2018* This photo supplement tracks the events in CLIMB: Leaving Safe and Finding Strength on 100 Summits in Japan. The captions offer “extra features” that didn’t make it into the book. Fushimi Inari Taisha (Fushimi Inari Shrine) is the head shrine for worship of the Shintō deity Inari Ōkami, the god of swordsmiths, fertility, and rice (also often worshipped as a patron of those engaged in other kinds of creative endeavors). An enormous number of Shintō shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan have Inari subshrines on their precincts; the Inari shrine is usually easily identifiable by the tunnel of brilliant

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Hiking The Lake Trail (Tokyo)

Hiking The Lake Trail (Tokyo)

Last weekend, I hiked the first leg of a multi-year, segmented hike of the Kantō Fureai no Michi (sometimes translated “Kantō Friendship Trail”). The trail is 1,799km (1,118 miles) long, and passes through seven prefectures (Tokyo, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Chiba, and Kanagawa) as it circumnavigates the Kantō (Japan’s largest flatland plain).

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