伏見稲荷大社からのご挨拶

(Greetings from Fushimi Inari Taisha)

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Taiko drummers perform with the First Lady at 

Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine
Kyoto, Japan_May 20, 2015​
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Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres above sea level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometers and takes approximately 2 hours to walk up. 

Since early Japan, Inari was seen as the patron of business, and merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshipped Inari. Each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha is donated by a Japanese business. First and foremost, though, Inari is the god of rice.

This popular shrine is said to have as many as 32,000 sub-shrines (bunsha(分社)) throughout Japan.

The First Lady is guided through the torri gates 

of the shrine_March 20, 2015

​Japanese bamboo hand painted fan “Birds in a Tree”

First Lady Michelle Obama, Ambassador Caroline
Kennedy and Jack Schlossberg (Caroline’s son) 

participate in a Japanese Tea ceremony

Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple

March 20, 2015​

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Eigen Onishi thanks the First Lady for her visit to 

Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple_March 20, 2015​

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Our final stop is Siem Reap, Cambodia. 
さようなら!
(Good Bye!)
Camille
Camille Mitchell
Ambassador

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