Nikko

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Torii. The symbol of Shinto placed before every jinja (shrine) is the torii gate. The simplest constructions are of unpainted logs, but more elaborate ones are made of stone, copper, iron, and even steel beams. Passing under the torii, which are usually lined up three in a row, purifies the worshipers’ hearts and minds before they present themselves to the enshrined deity.