Thursday, October 23, 2008

On Inari's collective forms and Kitsunes

click for video: Quicktime / .m4v for iPod/iPhone / direct streaming at for PC

" A kitsune may take on human form, an ability learned when it reaches a certain age — usually 100 years, although some tales say 50. As a common prerequisite for the transformation, the fox must place reeds, a broad leaf, or a skull over its head. Common forms assumed by kitsune include beautiful women, young girls, or elderly men. These shapes are not limited by the fox's age or gender, and a kitsune can duplicate the appearance of a specific person. Foxes are particularly renowned for impersonating beautiful women. Common belief in medieval Japan was that any woman encountered alone, especially at dusk or night, could be a fox."

Paying homage to the local Inari, Sam Renseiw visited some Kitsunes at Fujimi. View the architectural "promenade-renard" by clicking here or on the links above, and enjoy the almost hypnotic travelling. (patafilm # 636, 04'37'', 24.5 MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video Feature another Shinto view. (Lum # 157 " Shinto wedding" 00'53'', 4.7 MB, Quicktime/mov)

Today's Patalab HD video features photogenic ladies in a corner. (HD # 03a,00'44'' 140 MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Anonymous b said...

Mmmm, this chunk of your trip looks fantastic! Looking forward to more :)

Saturday, October 25, 2008 12:33:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you b!
all the 10 days where indeed fanastic. much too short but so intense. to
more voodles to come, indeed.
it might be called "outer and inner space walks" seens as a whole.

ps: enjoying your very fine lumieres from your recent trip to istambul btw.... we sem to be globetroting time away in a perceptive ways these days...

Monday, October 27, 2008 8:14:00 am  
Anonymous Robert said...

Beautiful and fascinating stuff. I read bits about Kitsunes years ago and my imagination was suitably fired, but I've thought little of it since. This brings it all back and sets me off once again. Inari I know little of, but will investigate. Fujima has always been on my lonnnnng list of fabulous, intriguing, inspiring and mesmerizing places to visit. One day...

This is gorgeous, Sam. Thanks for the reminders, for the inspiration and for showing us the architectural wonders of the ancient worlds.

Bliss is the art of the Voodle.

Friday, October 31, 2008 2:06:00 am  

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