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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Japan - The Gateway Drug

So… you’ve come looking for your daily filling of info and wailing from me… thanks.

But, today is my birthday, and I’m taking the day off. 

To celebrate, please enjoy this really cool photograph showing a lantern in the midst of a torii gateway leading up a mountain. 

Yup… look at the very top of the photo… you can see more of the vermillion-painted gates now moving right-to-left. 

I use that direction in deference to Japan’s reading of books.

Torii (鳥居, literally bird abode), is a wooden gate usually found at the entrance of or inside a Shinto shrine. In fact, if you look at a Japanese road map, you will see graphic image of these gates all over the place - guess what? It marks the location of a shrine.

The torii is meant to mark the physical transition from the mundane to the scared.

I love the Japanese torii gates, and used to love taking pictures of them myself. Of course I also liked to take photos of roofs (architecture) and clouds (lighting), so there's no accounting for taste. 

I dated a Tori after returning from Japan, and while wild, it wast the same as the Japanese torii.  

See you tomorrow. 

Andrew Joseph 
PS: Photo by Federica Galli on Unsplash


  1. You say it’s your Birthday ... Happy Birthday to you!

    My old man turned 95 yesterday. He’s still getting around independently and is pretty sharp. Hope the same goes for me if I live that long. Here’s to another year. Cheers!