Temple 41: Ryuukouji

This is a very small temple, yet has significance as it is home to the Inari (agricultural god of fertility, often in fox-form. Inari is typically associated with Shintoism but in the ancient past of Japan Shinto and Buddhism were much closer than they are today.

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In the last photo you can see that a former prime minister (Prime Minister Kan) made his way out this way. His political career was subject to serious pressure during the government’s reaction to the 2011 tsunami that devastated so much of the north-east part of Japan. In truth, considering the astonishing amount of damage done it is very doubtful that any leader could have come through that period without being found lacking enough speed or action to help alleviate the suffering of so many.