A month ago, after I showed you the unusual shime torii from Hiroshima, I received quite a few questions regarding the other styles…
Judging by the construction style, we can identify 2 large categories of torii and the most frequently used is the one in this photo, the myōjin style.
Besides the two pillars (called hashira), the myōjin style features a large horizontal beam made from two parts, called kasagi - the black part and shimaki - the vermilion part, reinforced by a smaller beam (the nuki). An important detail is that the myōjin torii has the kasagi and shimaki slightly curved upwards…
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: