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Location: Torii Gates, Inari-Taisha Shrine, Fushimi, Japan
Catalog Number: 2800

The vermillion wooden gates called Torii that scale the hillside of Inari-Taisha Buddhist shrine in Fushimi, Japan provide a tunneled pathway up to a hilltop shrine. This shrine, which celebrates the sometimes masculine, sometimes feminine, sometimes fox-depicted diety of commerce, Inari, originally dates back to the year 711 A.D. There are a couple of feet between the free-standing gates that allows light to filter through. With a telephoto lens to compress the scene, the solid torii take on a shimmering, almost fabric-like appearance. The transformation is both from immutable to mutable and also from the physical to spiritual plane as the pilgrim traverses the path to the shrine.

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