Friday, April 13, 2012

Foreign Friday

Torii gate to rural Shinto shrine
Southern Japan
Nancy Stearns and Judy Loxtercamp
April 1980
No matter the size of the shrine or its location, the pathway always has at least one torii gate. Usually the gates are painted bright red, but some are rustic like the one pictured above.

The torii gates symbolize the transition from everyday life into a sacred place: if a shrine has multiple torii, the gates increase the level of holiness for the believer approaching the inner sanctuary.

A floating torii can be seen in this previous Foreign Friday post.


  1. I thought it was interesting that the literal translation is bird perch.

  2. I have seen pictures of these but did not know their meaning...

  3. Fascinating, and so beautiful. I take it the second photo was somewhere VERY holy?

  4. PS - I shared an award with you on my blog.

  5. Interesting! I love the depth of the second picture.

  6. I never knew the meaning of these...
    I always learn so much from you !!!! thanks

  7. So interesting... what we learn with your Foreign Fridays!

  8. I didn't know that about the gates. It looks lovely though. One of these days I need to go to Japan.


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