Torii, Then and Now

a coworker sent me a link to these stereoscopic animated GIFs made from old photographs of Japan. one of them caught my eye:

i wasn’t going to go to the Fushimi Inari Shrine (near Kyoto) because i wasn’t sure i’d have enough time, but i ended up having the last three hours or so of daylight free one day, so off i went. i’m so glad i did. i wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was absolutely breathtaking, seeing all of those torii making bright vermilion corridors on the mountainside. i love this GIF! after passing through those thousands(? seemed like it) of gates, having this glimpse into the past and getting an idea of how they were constructed adds another dimension to an already fascinating location.

some pictures i took:

and the rest of my japan photos

p.s. i seem to recall the Fushimi Inari Shrine making a cameo appearance in a credit card (visa?) ad from maybe two decades ago (confirmed, iirc, by twitter user @dkmomus). i tried looking on youtube for it but came up empty. anyone?


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