Taiko drummers perform with the First Lady at
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”
participate in a Japanese Tea ceremony
Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple
March 20, 2015
Eigen Onishi thanks the First Lady for her visit to
Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple_March 20, 2015