Shot in the isle of Hatoma, Okinawa.
During strolling about, I found a small Torii standing in the woods. It might be an entrance of a Utaki, a sacred place. I couldn't enter the holy space. Although I was fond of visiting Shinto shrines, it was dreadful to enter Utaki. No men had admitted to enter the sacred places like this in the past.
Okinawa didn't belong to Japan before the restoration of Imperial power in 1868. It was a independent country. So the culture here is still different a little from the main lands of Japan. Traditionally speaking, Torii was not built at the entrance of Utaki. It might be influenced by Japanese culture. Therefore, it was easy to know the sacred place also to the tourists like me.
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September 18, 2007
Isle of hatoma, Okinawa
CANON EOS 1V