The Torii that stands in the entryway to Shinto shrines are known as the gates that separate a holy precinct to the earthly world where ordinary people reside. Just by passing through this gate will purify you of any impurity, and prepare you in order to set foot inside the Shrine.
There are many famous Shinto shrines in Japan that feature Torii, such as Fushimiinaritaisha Shrine in Kyoto where many Torii are lined up next to each other, and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima where Torii were constructed on the surface of the water. This beautiful scenery imbues strong feelings towards the holy locations where people pray to the gods. The way leading to the inner sanctum, marked by a Torii, is like a magical gateway to a parallel world.
Today, we feature illustrations of the Torii that connects to the world where the gods reside. Enjoy!