culture Japan

Fushimi Inari

Photo-Booth-LibraryFushimi Inari is a shrine of Inari mountain located in Fushimi-Ku, Kyoto.  Actually, this shrine is said to have about 3000 sub Inari Shrines in Japan, and the Fushimi Inari in Kyoto is main one.  In Nara era, it was established as a ritual to pray prosperous business, a bountiful harvest, safety of your family and each dream will come true. The main attraction of this shrine is of course, many of red sacred arches called Torii in Japanese.  This Torii were dedicated almost by Japanese companies expressing gratitude for their dreams literally “came” true.  This custom to dedicate Torii began in Edo era.  Now, about 10 thousand Torii are arranged at the entrance path to the shrine.


SONY DSCSpeaking of Inari, fox is symbolized as the messenger of god.  When you go to Inari, you will see two foxes both side of entrance.  In addition, Inari shrine is strongly related to Inari-sushi (いなり寿司) which is rice ball covered with Aburaage (brown color, deep fried tofu skins).  It is said aburaage is fox’s favorite food so Inari-sushi was offered to Inari shrine since early times.  Now, you may understand Inari is the most familiar shrine to Japanese.

entertainment Japan

Like father, Like son

I am sure that I’m my parent’s child. And after watching this movie, I realized what a happy thing that is. ‘‘Like father, Like son’’(そして父になる) this movie got a praise at the Cannes film festival. That’s why I was curious about the movie.

One day, parents heard bad news suddenly that their son was not theirs because the nurse gave a baby to ao04000349imagephpimage_uid00007660w400nother mother on purpose. He is already 6 years old. But the doctor advised them that if they want a real child, that means they are family biologically, earlier time is better because children is fast to get used to things.

Have you wondered if your parents are really yours? I hadn’t until watching it. I’m really lucky to be my parent’s child. This movie can make people thank small happiness around you. If the same thing happened to me or in the future, what would I do? If I were in the family, I would feel confused. And actors and actresses were very good.

Steven Spielberg has decided to remake this movie.

I really recommend that you watch the movie. You may be made think seriously this kind of thing should not happen.