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Torii and cosmos in harmony

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Torii and cosmos in harmony

The torii and cosmos are two iconic symbols deeply rooted in Japanese culture, each holding significant meanings and symbolism.

The torii is a traditional gateway commonly found at the entrance of shrines and temples in Japan. Its distinctive design features two upright pillars with a horizontal crossbar, often painted in vermilion red. The torii serves as a symbolic transition from the mundane world to the sacred space of the shrine or temple. It represents the boundary between the physical and spiritual realms, inviting visitors to leave behind their worldly concerns and enter a place of reverence and contemplation.

On the other hand, the cosmos flower, also known as “akizakura” in Japanese, is a popular ornamental plant with delicate petals in shades of pink, white, and purple. It holds various symbolic meanings in Japanese culture, such as purity, balance, and harmony. The cosmos is often associated with the changing seasons, particularly autumn, when it blooms abundantly and adds a touch of beauty to the landscape.

Together, the torii and cosmos symbolize the harmonious relationship between humans and nature, the sacred and the mundane. They serve as reminders of the interconnectedness of all things and the importance of finding balance and tranquility in our lives. Whether gazing at the serene beauty of a cosmos garden or passing through a torii gate, one cannot help but feel a sense of peace and serenity in their presence.

Image by hmvklei from Flickr.

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