The shrine and the city

Unlike a traditional torii, who’s used to mark the transition from mundane to sacred at the entrance of Shinto shrines, this huge vermillion wood structure rests at the entrance of Kanazawa’s train station, with apparently no mystical significance. Nevertheless, back in the 15th century, the city of Kanazawa grew around a fortified Buddhist temple, the Oyama Gobo, and the monks living there taught that all people are equal. This teaching lead the peasants to mutiny against their lords and establish an independent kingdom of their own, named ‘The Peasant’s Kingdom’, that would last for the next 100 years.

So, perhaps the torii gate it’s not an entrance for a sacred station, but an entrance for a century old sacred city. It stands there reminding all the visitors who arrive by train in Kanazawa of its religious origin.


Camera: Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)
Focal length: 14.76 mm
Focal length 35 mm: 40 mm
Exposure bias: 0 EV
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 1/40 at f/3.2

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