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Puzzle Pieces – Fushimi Inari Yashiro, Miyako Meisho no uchi (Fushimi Inari Shrine, Famous Places in the Capital)

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“It’s always the small pieces that make the big picture.”

Complete this puzzle to reveal the Fushimi Inari shrine.

This print depicts pilgrims in Kyoto, Japan, visiting the Shinto shrine to the goddess Inari, who is worshipped to promote rice production as well as success in business ventures.

Shinto is the native religion of Japan and means the “way of the gods.” Shinto gods and goddesses are called kami and embody the essence or internal quality of animals, natural objects, and forces of nature, such as rocks, mountains, and waterfalls. The distinctive red gates called torii  signal a sacred Shinto space and may appear at the entrance to a shrine or mark a revered natural feature.


  • What elements of nature do you find inspiring?
  • How far would you travel to see a sacred place such as a temple, church, or natural feature?
  • Where do you go to get peace and quiet?

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