“Oinari-san,” the deity of Fushimi Inari Taisha, is the god of grain and agriculture that symbolizes rice (Inari god).
Inari God was originally a god who controlled a good harvest, but now it is also worshiped as a god of business prosperity, industrial prosperity, family safety, traffic safety, and improvement of performing arts.
The foxes you see a lot in the precincts are not the Inari gods, but the messenger of the Inari God.
Row of Fujiwara court nobles (Fujiwara period) This represents the imperial court customs of the Fujiwara clan in their heyday, when the influence of the Tang style faded away and a unique Japanese “national culture” developed after the mid-Heian period, and represents the summer formal wear of civilian and military officials.
Jonan Yabusame Row (Kamakura Period) Yabusame (horseback archery), in which targets are shot from horseback, has been popular since the Heian period (794-1185) as an etiquette for warriors. In 1221 (Shokyu 3), Emperor Go-Toba summoned warriors from more than ten provinces in the Kinki region to participate in Yabusame (horseback archery) at Jonan Detached Palace in order to restore imperial power. This procession represents the appearance of warriors disguised as Yabusame (archery on horseback) led by archers dressed in hunting costumes.
Medieval Women’s Procession Ohara-women (women from Ohara in northern Kyoto who carried firewood and charcoal on their heads and sold them to the capital city. Katsura-women sold ayu (sweetfish) and candy from the Katsura River, mainly from Katsura in the western part of Kyoto. These processions show the customs of this period, each with its own characteristics.