Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fushimi Inari

We arrived at this famous shrine just around midnight, and to my surprise found it wasn't completely empty. A shinto shrine, Fushimi Inari is lined with hundreds of Toori, Japanese gateways that represent a transition from the profane to the sacred. It was easy to get lost among the labyrinth of orange pillars and a bit eerie in the dark with hardly any one around. The main guest that night were Japanese rhinoceros beetles (カブトムシ), which at 4-5 inches long were flying and constantly crashing into pillars and lights.

We came upon a clearing where this guy was collecting beetles in a garbage bag. He said they were for his kid's friends. Unless his kid had over 100 friends, he was most likely going to be selling them as pets or for gambling (apparently it's a popular sport to have the beetles fight each other).

In attempt to appease the beetles, and honor the beautiful design of the shrine, we recorded this thumb-piano and slide whistle jam and made this pixilation:

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