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October 27 2012

Inari Torii row - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Sanko Inari Shrine, Inuyama

At the entrance to the Shinto shrines you will always see a torii, marking the delimitation between the sacred space of the shrine and the profane world.
At the Inari shrines however, sometimes there are groups of torii, with a different role. These are donations from worshipers, for Inari, the patron of business. Each torii is inscribed with the name of the donor and they are usually placed in rows with small spaces in between, creating a beautiful sight. Some of these rows are huge, with thousands of torii, like at the Fushimi Inari Taisha from Kyoto, but in most cases there are just a few dozens of them - but the view is no less beautiful - like in this photo from the Sanko Inari Shrine from Inuyama.

August 25 2012

Walking through thousands of Torii - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

Now, that I arrived in Japan for the 8th time in 6 consecutive years, a friend asked me if, after visiting so many shrines and temples, if I ever had a truly spiritual experience…
Well, besides the many religious festivals - matsuri - to which I had the chance to participate, each with its unique memories, I think I experienced in Japan a few strong, spiritual moments, which impressed me deeply, both visually and emotionally. One I strongly remember now was an eerily quiet afternoon, when I visited the thousands of torii from the Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto…
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August 19 2012

Japanese spiritual architecture - Myojin torii - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Torii, Hakone Shrine, Hakone

A month ago, after I showed you the unusual shime torii from Hiroshima, I received quite a few questions regarding the other styles…
Judging by the construction style, we can identify 2 large categories of torii and the most frequently used is the one in this photo, the myōjin style.

Besides the two pillars (called hashira), the myōjin style features a large horizontal beam made from two parts, called kasagi - the black part and shimaki - the vermilion part, reinforced by a smaller beam (the nuki). An important detail is that the myōjin torii has the kasagi and shimaki slightly curved upwards…

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