Coloring Sheet

Illuminate – Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Digital art showing a black-and-white image of a large arch with a lot of people walking beneath it. There are mountains and a building in the background and many trees around.


The word illuminate has three definitions:

  1. light up or brighten
  2. decorate or adorn
  3. clarify or reveal

The objective for this coloring activity is not simply for the student to color the work of art, but to illuminate it!



This woodblock print of the Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, Japan was made by the artist Hasegawa Sadanobu about 1870-1871. The shrine sits at the base of Mt, Inari and is dedicated to the Shinto god of rice. Every year, thousands of pilgrims flock to this shrine and climb the mountain trails. This large red gate that you see is called a torii (toh-ree) and marks the entrance into sacred space.

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