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There’s a Village in Japan Where You Can Hang out With Foxes All Day

Zao Fox Village, is an animal sanctuary located near the mountains in Shiroishi, Japan, which features over 100 animals and 6 types of foxes. For just 85 US cents (100 yen) you can feed and hang out with these incredible creatures!

It is interesting to note, that in Japanese culture, foxes and human beings have lived close together since ancient times, and because of this close companionship – it’s given rise to legends about the mystical powers of the fox. It is  believed foxes are actually messengers of Inari Okami, the Shinto deity of fertility, prosperity and rice. According to Wikipedia:

“Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. According to Yōkai folklore, all foxes have the ability to shape shift into men or women.[1] While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others—as foxes in folklore often do—other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives.

Foxes and human beings lived close together in ancient Japan; this companionship gave rise to legends about the creatures. Kitsune have become closely associated with Inari, a Shinto kami or spirit, and serve as its messengers. This role has reinforced the fox’s supernatural significance. The more tails a kitsune has—they may have as many as nine—the older, wiser, and more powerful it is. Because of their potential power and influence, some people make offerings to them as to a deity.”

Browse the gallery below to see some of the magic of this wonderful place on Earth, and to learn more visit: japantravel.com

To check out our interpretation of the spiritual significance of the fox, click here.

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Image credits: Momizi Lin (left) | Yik Yuh (right)

Image credits: Chi Nao

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Image credits: Tatsuro Shimono

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  • Danny Gray
    January 10, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    incredibly adorable

    .. but perhaps not the best way to feed them in the video