The Famous Sword of Legendary Blacksmith Sanjō Munechika!
Temizuya’s (手水舎) take on different forms, sizes and shapes. Some elaborate, some simple and some, well yea outstanding. As I hiked along the path to the top of Mt. Inari, I saw several that were very artistic. There was a few with a colorful dragonhead, one even with a fish. And then, there was the one with the famous sword that legendary blacksmith Sanjō Munechika (三条宗近) forged, it’s is atop of the temizuyah. Legend has it that, Munechika, Inari and their fox spirits helped forge the blade kogitsune-maru (Little Fox) in the late 10th century.