This procession was on its way to the great Temple of Inari, several miles distant.
Inari, as we have already found, is often extremely benevolent.
There, too, is his enemy the Inari fox, who is kind of heart.
Inari not infrequently rewards human beings for any act of kindness to a fox.
This is in part a massive store-house set back in the domestic structure, with the shrine of the Inari facing the visitor.
One legend informs us that a woman who had been married many years and had not been blessed with a child prayed at Inari's shrine.
Each morning they went to the temple, and thanked the good god Inari for the joy that had come to them.
The beggar was none other than Inari himself, and the woman's generosity was rewarded in due season by the birth of a child.
An Inari shrine in a plum grove offered no particular interest, beyond recent inclosure showing a neighbour's hand.
In those days it was the custom for the person who wished to be favoured by the Inari god to crown his head with a twig of cedar.