Thursday, February 08, 2007

Troublesome Torii

This Torii stands guard over a troublesome spot. It's a place of contradictions and problems. History, politics and a nation that sometimes doesn't know what to think about itself.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

why is it so ugly? it looks like concrete columns. is it made out of cement?

Merry Man In Japan said...

It's actually made out of giant tree trunks and painted to appear concrete-ey. I think they were imported from Thailand or something.

As for why it's ugly... I suspect that like beauty, ugliness is in the eye of the person telling the guy that painted it that he fucked up. (or "the beholder", your choice.

: )

Merry Man In Japan said...

My bad... I did some more research... Although there are massive wood torii gates at places like Meijijingumae in central Tokyo, this gate is actually made of steel.

So yeah... it's more than just a bad paint job.