Oseki-san is a rock enshrined on Inariyama that heals people with pnuemonia, tuberculosis, chronic coughs, and other lung problems. The name is a play on words because O-seki can either mean “Mr Stone” or “Mr Cough” in Japanese.

It’s probably the only shrine in Japan where you can send postcards to petition a god (probably because you can’t climb up Inariyama if you’re wheezing badly).

Postcards for Oseki-san.
Postcards for Oseki-san.

Here’s the address for the Cough God:

Oseki-san
Fushimi Inari Taisha
68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho
Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi
Kyoto 612-0882
Japan

Oseki-san's shrine.
Oseki-san's shrine.
Priests from Fushimi Inari Taisha take the postcards all the way up here.
Priests from Fushimi Inari Taisha take the postcards all the way up here.

Please send standard sized postcards and not greeting cards or large-sized postcards. Otherwise they won’t fit in Oseki-san’s mailbox.

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