One of the symbols of Japan

Torii are usually red or orange portals composed of two vertical pillars and joined by a horizontal beam that is always at the entrance to the sacred temples of Shinto, the traditional Japanese religion. It represents the opening to a divine state, symbolizing the passage between two worlds.

A Torii is usually red because the Japanese believe that this color has the power to prevent disease. There are Torii made of stone, bronze and other materials as well, but the most common is to find red wooden portals and some have written between the horizontal bars.

Temples may have one or more Torii, indicating the increasing proximity to the sacred site.

And when there are several Torii, placed in a line forming a kind of tunnel, they are placed by the people in thanks for something received.

Although it is a traditionally Japanese symbol, Toriis can be found in other Asian countries, such as China, India and Thailand.

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