April 16, 2011

This image was taken from a park in Shibuya, Tokyo. Meiji Jingū shrine is located in the middle of the park. The structure you see here is situated at one of the entrance gates (it's referred to as a torii). A torii marks the transition from the profane to the sacred... and the presence of one at the entrance is usually the simplest way to identify Shinto shrines, and a small torii icon represents them on Japanese road maps. For whatever reason, looking at it makes me feel peaceful.

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