walks through the torii gates⛩
A torii is a traditional Japanese gate located at the entrance or inside a Shinto shrine. Entering one symbolizes the transition from the mundane into a sacred space. Even though they appear orange, it’s red. The Japanese call it "Shuiro" - a vermillion color, perceived as the color of the sun. The red also symbolizes abundant crops (fertility of rice, tea, sake) and the color of the god Inari Ōkami, a god of grains. Good crops are interpreted as stable income and Inari has also become known for general prosperity and success in business. They are constructed out of wood and only centimeters apart, appearing to go on forever. Families donate gates, which names are displayed on the sides, with the hopes of having their wishes fulfilled. The donation is a thank you toward the gods.