Inside the courtyard of the large Shito shrines, you may see one or more smaller constructions, built in a similar style. These are sessha, “auxiliary shrines", usually dedicated to a deity with strong connections to the kami venerated inside the main shrine. Many of them are dedicated to Inari Ōkami, the very popular Shinto god of rice and agriculture.
Photographed here is one of the most beautiful auxiliary shrines I have seen. Enchantingly adorned with paper lanterns, it is located inside the Nishiki Temmangu, in Tera-machi, Kyoto.
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: