Monday, 14 May 2007

oldest tori gate...

in Japan.... tori gates are gates to shrines, this stone one was built sometime between 794 - 1192 (Heian Era) making it pretty old in a land of earthquakes....it's evidence of the 'safeness' of yamagata! its 3.5m's high.....you can see the small shinto shrine and modern red painted metal tori gates too..

6 comments:

Regis said...

Interesting contrast between the old stone gate and the light red ones !

macky said...

Nice photo!!
I think that it looks motoki-no-torii(元木の鳥居) and one of the oldest torii in Japan. And it is great heritage of Yamagata.

Aigars Bruvelis said...

Wow, it still stands there!

pusa said...

nice to hear the history and i love old structures like this. and waht a contrast to the brightly painted tori

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Very nice photo. I like the contrast between the rock tori and the wooden tori.

funkychicken said...

Oh the story I have to tell about this torii....