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In this summer, I travelled Kyoto.
Kyoto is the old capital city in Japan. There are a lot of old shrines, temples and traditional buildings. One of the World Heritage. :)

Fushimi Inari is the main of one of the biggest Inari shrine groups in Japan.
This fox is one of guardians of the gate of Fushimi Inari shrine. He is holding a key in his mouth. ^^

There are fox statues in almost Inari shrines. Inari is a god of harvest. Foxes are servants of Inari. They are sitting at both side of the gate of shrine. The are guardians of sanctuary as komainu of a lot of Japanese Shinto shrine and lions of a lot of Asian Buddhist temples. :)
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Amazing!
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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Okamicat Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Inari is also the god of all foxes. According to a legend ive heard of, he has 13 fox children that each have one of the fox elements
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
cool
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yama-garu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Artist
ohh! Inari shrines <3
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battlemage68 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
that is an awesome picture foxes are one of the coolest animals
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
You like foxes? You can see a lot of fox statues in Inari shrines in Japan. :D
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battlemage68 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
of course I like foxes they are really cool animals plus the kits are really cute
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shadoFukkusu123 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
that beautiful picture, I would like to see you some day :3
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
This is one of my most favourites among fox statues. :D
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mikktykirulz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I wish the U.S had beautiful landmarks, buildings and traditions like a lot of Asia has. I know our country is still young, but still... Americans tend to destroy things to make room for the new. We have some, but nothing compared to other countries. I wish to visit Japan very soon! I am in school officially learning Japanese now! So I hope by the time I get to visit Japan I will be able to speak it fluently and not be just another ordinary westerner tourist. But beautiful statue and great shot you took! ^^
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant! Keep it up! I hope your study of Japanese will go well. :)
Someday, you must come to Japan. If you visit Tokyo, I will guide you in/near Tokyo. ;)
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mikktykirulz Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I would love to have you as my guide!! Actually I have two friend that lives in Tokyo who came to the U.S from a foreign exchange program! I would really love to meet you though! ^^ Yes I plan my first visit to Japan to be Tokyo, but I do want to visit Kyoto or Okinawa as well! As for my studies, they are going great! I have gotten high marks on all of my Japanese tests!
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Cottonee7 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Isn't that a kitsune? Also, I like the statue, very ancient.
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. It's a kitsune! Japanese call foxes "kitsune". ^^
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Cottonee7 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
I know that, I read about Kitsunes being mythical fox creatures that can have up to Nine-Tails.
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In Japanese folklore, kitsune were often regarded as mysterious animals which had a lot of powers -magic, curse, transform and so on-. :)
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Cottonee7 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Oh, I know, it's very interesting. ;)
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Kiroshi-Angel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Amazing
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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KirePapa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a pretty statue! C:
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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KirePapa Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anytime :D
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milovanf Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That statue looks wonderful.
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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milovanf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
In any time, and you're welcome. I'm waiting to see all you're comics finished in you're next Journal.
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twiligthvampire89 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Amazing statue

I hope one day I could travel to Japan
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you will enjoy travelling Japan someday. :)
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Vaiha Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student General Artist
da will ich auch hin :(
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You must go someday. ^^
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Vaiha Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student General Artist
yeah that would be so wonderful :heart:
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KirikoSoul Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome photo :love:
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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thebloodedrose Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:love:
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Work-Of-Dragons Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ Wow what an expressive fox, he'd make a great guardian and looks like he'd do anything not to have someone take the key. Great photo :D
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Work-Of-Dragons Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:) You're welcome!
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IntelligentWolf Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cool! I'm learning about Japanese Culture in my classes in my Freshman year, and it's awesome :D I love my teacher, he's the best! I love this photo too, and that key has a very interesting shape to it XD
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you're interested in Japanese culture. ^^
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot - such an interesting statue
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Fourpaws666 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I've stood in front of that very statue, twice. :)
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Where have you ever visited in Kyoto? ^^
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Fourpaws666 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
*thinks back*

Fushimi Inari, Kinkaku-ji, To-ji, and Nijo-jo are all places I can remember. There were probably other places as well, but it was a whirlwind of a trip at the time and very busy. Of course I took many photos. :)
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant! They are very famous traditional areas. How long did you stay in Kyoto? :)
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Fourpaws666 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
I only day-tripped Kyoto twice, but was in Japan for some 6 weeks or so.
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, 6 weeks! It was a long stay. You came to Japan for study or something, didn't you? ^^
Where did you stayed in Japan? Tokyo? Osaka? :)
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Dust502 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah man Kyoto. I've always wanted to travel there.
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you will go there someday. Kyoto is a really beautiful old city. :D
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