Architecture video blogger Martin van der Linden explains the different types of torii gates found at Japanese Shinto temples, in his latest contribution to Virtual Design Festival.
The Shinto religion is practised throughout Japan in temples that feature several gated entrances called torii.
“Gates can be found throughout the world, not just in Japan,” van der Linden says. “A gate is a symbolic entrance into a new world, moving from the realm of the everyday, mundane life into another higher realm.”
While there are over 60 types of torii gates, they are usually built in either the Shinmei or Myojin style, van der Linden explains in the video.
The Shinmei torii has a simple form built from two pillars, which are topped by a horizontal lintel, called a kasagi. The whole structure is kept together by a central tie-beam called a nuki and can be made from a