Ganrikisha, literally the Eye Power Shrine, is a a popular stop among Japanese CEOs visiting Fushimi Inari because the gods enshrined here not only heal eyes but also help believers see into the future.

The bronze fox spouting water into a temizuya (water purification basin) here has been a landmark on the trail for the last 120 years.

The fox at the Ganrikisha.
The fox at the Ganrikisha.

Ganrikisha is a stop on the Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour because Mdm Takabayashi, the caretaker of the Ganrikisha, has on a pillar a poem called “A Dream”. I like to read it out to guests on the tour. “A Dream” is popular among parents, and it’s something of a fixture in many a study room in Kyoto. You can get a copy for ¥1,000.

It encapsulates what Inariyama is all about – a place where people come to thank the gods when their dreams get fulfilled. After all, what are the torii gates but an expression of thanks for dreams come true?

Here’s the poem in Japanese, romanised Japanese, and translated into English (the original, in the photo below, is read right to left, top to bottom):

A Dream

A Dream by the Ganrikisha


Yume
A Dream

夢あるものは 希望がある
Yume aru mono ha kibō ga aru
A person with a dream is a person with hope

希望あるものは 目標がある
Kibō aru mono ha mokuhyō ga aru
A person with hope is a person with an aim

目標あるものは 計画がある
Mokuhyō aru mono ha keikaku ga aru
A person with an aim is a person with a plan

計画あるものは 行動がある
Keikaku aru mono ha kōdō ga aru
A person with a plan is a person with action

行動あるものは 実績がある
Kōdō aru mono ha jisseki ga aru
A person with action is a person with results

実績あるものは 反省がある
Jisseki ga aru mono ha hansei ga aru
A person with results is a person with reflection

反省あるものは 進歩がある
Hansei ga aru mono ha shinpo ga aru
A person with reflection is a person with improvement

進歩あるものは 夢がある
Shinpo ga aru mono ha yume ga aru
A person with improvement is a person with a dream

眼力社 稲荷山
Ganrikisha, Inariyama (Mt. Inari)

Also popular is “Change Your Life In Seven Steps”:

Change Your Life in Seven Steps

人生七変更
Jinsei Nana Henkou
Change Your Life in Seven Steps

心が変われば 態度が変わる
Kokoro ga kawareba taido ga kawaru
When you change your heart your attitude will be changed

態度が変われば 行動が変わる
Taido ga kawareba kōdō ga kawaru
When you change your attitude your actions will be changed

行動が変われば 習慣が変わる
Kōdō ga kawareba shūkan ga kawaru
When you change your actions your habits will be changed

習慣が変われば 人格が変わる
Shūkan ga kawareba jinkaku ga kawaru
When you change your habits your character will be changed

人格が変われば 運命が変わる
Jinkaku ga kawareba unmei ga kawaru
When your change your character your destiny will be changed

運命が変われば 人生が変わる
Unmei ga kawareba jinsei ga kawaru
When you change your destiny your life will be changed

眼力社 稲荷山
Ganrikisha, Inariyama (Mt. Inari)

Map

The Ganrikisha is between Gozendani and the Yakurikusha.
Website (in Japanese only): http://www.ganrikisya.com/

Ganrikisha 眼力社
612-0882 Kyōto-shi, Fushimi-ku, Inariyama Kanyūchi 19
Open daily during daylight hours, except when Mdm Takabayashi needs to be away