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19 February 2008 @ 02:15 pm
The power of fox shrines aka my whimsical flights of fancy  
Its hard to believe that one year ago hubbie and I were traveling across Japan and having the adventure of a lifetime.  By this time, I believe we were leaving Kyoto and heading up to Tokyo.  
And speaking of Kyoto, this reminds me of a little anecdote that I don't think I've shared before.  I possibly haven't shared it with anyone, but since my memory had gone to pot these days, I'll retell it. 

A few months before the trip, I was reading my usual daily dose of yaoi manga and happened upon the story, You In My Jeweled Mirror by Shin Mizukami (scantilated by the group Datenshi Blue.)  As far as yaoi goes, the story is pretty  standard.  A young boy, Seichi, stumbles down a road leading through a forest having just fled his abusive step-father.  Hurt and scared, he hears the voices of his father and siblings (presumed dead, but who knows.  They only make mention of the mother who ran off the month prior) calling out to him.  He follows the voices and happens upon a broken down fox shrine.  Before succumbing to the cold, he makes a plea to not be left alone.  Well, he awakens back in his apartment having been rescued my the fox deity, Fushimi and his two servants.  The foxes take it upon themselves to help the boy by staying with him, paying the rent the deadbeat step-father was behind on with their fox magic, and so on.  There is no mention of what becomes of the step-father, but whatever.  Anyway, Fushimi watches the boy at school through his magical mirror and sees how he is ridiculed by his peers for being poor and unkempt.  Fushimi shows up at school with clothes and immediately everyone is enamored.  He is a deity after all.  So, years pass and Seichi is now about to enter high school and full of teenage hormones.  But he is an angsty one because he has fallen in love with Fushimi and is convinced the fox god would never see him as anything other than a child in need of protecting.  Here is where the angst masturbation occurs.  Moving right along, because the foxes can't make real money, Seichi can't afford to go to high school.  *I would insert something about how high school works in Japan, but I am lazy.:( *  Fushimi's servants have been working real jobs for a while, but there is only enough for them to live on.  Seichi feels bad that the foxes are working so hard for him and he can do nothing to repay them and snaps at Fushimi when asked about school.  Fushimi, who will do anything for Seichi, goes to pray at the snake god's shrine in order to get more money.  And wouldn't you know it, the snake god has a price for Fushimi to pay.  Snake-sama wants Fushimi for some smexing.  The servants are aghast at the idea since the snake god is a lower deity, but Fushimi will do anything for Seichi.  Well, once Seichi learns of this plan he shows up in the nick of time to stop the snake god from getting a piece of his action.  Seichi confesses his love and hot smexing occurs.  Flash forward a few years and we see that Seichi is the owner of his own succsessful company and has rebuilt the fox shrine so that Fushimi is never lacking for worshipers.  Now the part that endeared me to this story was the very last panel.  With a nod to male pregnancy, it is cuteness times ten.

Click to enlarge.  So, you can imagine my amusement when I stumbled across this little fox shrine (tucked in a completely obscure location just past the gift shops and right before the exit) while visiting Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto.

At least, I think its a fox shrine.  Those are two fox statues in the back and it did resemble the shrine in the manga.  But anyway, having remember that cute little story, I decided to stop and make a little offering at the shrine.  I asked the shrine to grant me with a beautiful and healthy baby.  Now, I'm not saying that had anything to do with it, but I was pregnant a month and a half later.  Yes, yes its silly and all, but it does make for a cute anecdote.  And most importantly, I got my wish.
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Franfranwi on February 19th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
That's a lovely story. Put a smile on my face. I also enjoyed the story recap. Feel free to share more! I've been bored lately. ;)
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on February 20th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Bored you say? Then you need to be downloading yaoi manga rather than waiting for my Reader's Digest recaps. LOL Seriously, there are lots of releases every day. Or you could join the lj community, yaoi_daily and read stuff online. Its very convenient for that quick, daily dose of yaoi that we all need.
Jukeboxjukebox_csi on February 20th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Oh that's a cool anecdote!! Though, I'm still hating on you for going to Japan *is jealous and wants to go too* LOLOL

Seriously, that trip y'all took was awesome *remembers the pics* and I do believe that praying at the fox shrine could've been magic! Because you have a beautiful baby, who is absolutely adorable in teddy ears and feet :^D

evilkat_meow: Gambitevilkat_meow on February 20th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
The feet get me every time^^ I wish I could go back to Japan like right this second. There is so much we didn't get to.

And in other news, not sure if you are aware of the Wolverine Origins movie that is in pre-production, but they just cast our favorite Cajun to be in it. *squees like a schoolgirl* I don't know the actor, but he looks like he might handle the part. *crosses fingers* Perhaps now we'll get some live-action Logan/Remy luving to fangirl over.

check it http://www.joo-see.com/gambitwolvie.html
Jukeboxjukebox_csi on February 20th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
*squees with you* That alone will have me being one of the first to see that movie when it comes out! Maybe even take the day off work on opening day just to be one of the firsts in line :D Let's hope it's more than just a 5 minute cameo role *crosses fingers, toes, legs, arms, and everything else that can be crossed*