Offerings of small torii gates
After my long hike up through the thousands of torii gates, starting before sunrise, I made it to the top peak of Inari Mountain (called 'ichi no mine') to a small shrine (kamisha, meaning 'upper shrine') where there were thousands more small torii gates that had been carried up the mountain as offerings. In this image you see a few of these small gates leaning against an inscribed stone, with a background of a magnificent Japanese maple in full colour.
Thanks to Frank for the symbolic meaning of the gates. I should have included this in my recent posts. The first mention of the use of a torii gate to mark the entrance to a sacred space goes back to 922 AD.
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From Kyoto 2