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Torii gates

Torii gates

Shinto shrines are typically separated from the secular spaces of daily life. They are located in forests or copses which afford a sense of the sacred and of the harmony between humankind and nature. The entrance of the precinct is marked by a gate called a torii (鳥居); this is the border between the secular and the sacred. To pass through  the torii, is to experience a special atmosphere. Visitors are reminded that shrine space is sacred space.

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