Not everyone is fascinated by Fushimi Inari, Japan's greatest shrine to the fox god. Some people, in fact, just get sleepy walking through all those gates. For propriety, you're supposed to walk through them off-center (humble), and bow as well, but with thousands of gates, it ain't happening. In fact, it never happens. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've seen a shrine-goer bow when passing through a normal torii.
For the people that are sleepy, there's a whole town of attractive destinations for lunch.
The oldest of which, more than likely, is Nezameya - in business since 1592. They offer much the same menu as the other places on this touristy street in front of the shrine entrance: grilled birds, grilled eels, and special inari-themed dishes to go with the inari shrine.
And they all do the grilling on the street, like the guy to the right in this shot. Inside is pleasantly dark and cool and light wood and green-gray walls, like thousands of other traditional restaurants and country-style homes.
We had a multi-course tasting feast of all the specialties. Actually I was just excited to be on vacation and in a different food city, and we ordered one of everything.
[Interestingly, a wizened old mama scoffed at my question later this evening about whether these were invented in Fushimi. Unlikely, it seems.]
Guess which one this was.