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How do you write fox in hiragana?

The Japanese word for “Fox” is kitsune 狐….Translation.

Romaji Hiragana
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What does the fox mean in Japanese culture?

Throughout the world, foxes have reputations for many different things; but in Japan, they have important mythical status, oscillating between a symbol of cunning, and a powerful possessor of great intelligence and good fortune. In mythic culture, both of these symbols had the ability to shape shift into human form.

Is Inari male or female?

Inari has been depicted both as male and as female. The most popular representations of Inari, according to scholar Karen Ann Smyers, are a young female food goddess, an old man carrying rice, and an androgynous bodhisattva.

Is hiragana used for Japanese names?

Japanese names are usually written in kanji (Chinese characters), although some names use hiragana or even katakana, or a mixture of kanji and kana. Many others use readings which are only used in names (nanori), such as the female name Nozomi (希). The majority of surnames comprise one, two or three kanji characters.

What Japanese name means fox?

Kitsune translates to fox, which is exactly what kitsune are with the exception that in folklore they have magical powers.

Are foxes sacred in Japan?

Foxes have long been worshipped as kami. Inari’s kitsune are white, a color of a good omen. They possess the power to ward off evil, and they sometimes serve as guardian spirits. Many Inari shrines, such as the famous Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, feature such statues, sometimes large numbers of them.

What is the fox God?

Húxiān (胡仙; 狐仙 “Fox Immortal”), also called Húshén (胡神; 狐神 “Fox God”) or Húwáng (胡王; 狐王 “Fox Ruler”) is a deity in Chinese religion whose cult is present in provinces of north China (from Henan and Shandong upwards), but especially in northeast China where it can be said to be the most popular deity.

Does Inari mean fox?

Inari, in Japanese mythology, god primarily known as the protector of rice cultivation. The fox, symbolizing both benevolence and malevolence, is sometimes identified with the messenger of Inari, and statues of foxes are found in great numbers both inside and outside shrines dedicated to the rice god.