Torii

Their first appearance in Japan can be reliably pinpointed to at least the mid-Heian period because they are mentioned in a text written in 922. The oldest existing stone torii was built in the 12th century and belongs to a Hachiman Shrine in Yamagata prefecture. The oldest wooden torii is a ryōbu torii (see description below) at Kubō Hachiman S...
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Torii

A torii is a Japanese, decorative gateway comprised of two upright wooden posts connected at the top by two horizontal crosspieces. They are often found at the entrances to Shinto temples.
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Torii

distinctive gateway to a Shinto Temple
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Torii

Distinctive Shinto gateway, the most famous of which stands on Miyajima Island as part of the Itskushima Shrine.
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torii

symbolic gateway marking the entrance to the sacred precincts of a Shint shrine in Japan. The torii, which has many variations, characteristically ... [1 related articles]
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