Photographer's Note

I thought it better to leave the description of the Torii to the Nikko tourist site. It is a detailed note, even if at times the English is a little convoluted.

Ishidorii -Torii Stone Gate-

Nagamasa Kuroda dedicated the Ishidorii in 1618. It is 9m high, and the pillar is diameter of 3.6m, and central space between pillars is 3.8m. The Ishidorii is one of the best three stone-made torii gates in Japan, but it is the biggest among the stone-made torii gates in Edo period. Other two torii gates are located in Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto, and Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura.

Emperor Gomizunoo wrote "Tosho-daigongen" (Divine designation of Ieyasu Tokugawa) on the frame of 6ft x 3ft. That frame is put on the upper side of the Ishidorii. Main material of the Ishidorii was the granite, which was produced in Fukuoka prefecture. The Ishidorii was constructed by 15 pieces of stone material. Each material is connected by axle, and crossbars have caves in order to be lightweight. It also has an anti-earthquake function. In fact, joint of the crossbars was slipped widely by the earthquake in 1949, but it shifted back to the original place by aftershock.

*Terifuri-ishi -Weather Forecast Stone-

There are stone steps for the Ishidorii. Width of each step gets narrower and narrower as going up. Also, heights of the each step get lower and lower as going up. It is for perspective method. Although, there are just 10 steps, it looks higher and further than really it is. The Terifuri-ishi is located in the center of the 10th step. The weather becomes bad when color contrast between brown and blue becomes stronger.

I shall just add my observation that wherever we went in Japan, visiting temples and shrines, there were always crowds of people of all ages.I am not sure how a supposedly workaholic nation has so many internal tourists and they are not all retirees.

P.S. In workshop I have included the view of the 10 steps mentioned in the notes.

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