Kitsune Mythology in Inari Shrines

Torii gates at the Inari Shrine As a deity, Inari is one of the most confusing kami of the Japanese Shinto/Buddhism tradition. Primarily, Inari is known as the god of rice and agriculture, but also of fertility, tea, sake, industry, general prosperity, and success. At one point, Inari was also the god of swordsmiths and…

Who were the Onna-Bugeisha and Onna-Musha?

Utagawa Kuniyoshi [Public domain] Wikimedia Commons This is part of a series exploring Japan while I research the history and culture of Japan for my book series, The Messengers. Feel free to point out any errors or if you have anything to add! In my series on famous Japanese women and their roles, I would…