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Welcome Spring with this Torii Japanese Garden Gong

Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Torii Garden Gong

Torii Garden Gong

Just in time for the start of spring, this Torii Japanese Garden Gong will infuse your Japanese garden with the graceful shape of the Torii of Itsukushima Shrine.  Long a revered symbol of Japan, the Shrine incorporates the graceful lines of calligraphy with the robust structure of a traditional Asian gateway, only it is designed to welcome departed spirits as come across the Inland Sea.

Fully visible only at low tide – when visitors can approach the gates on foot – the gate appears to float on the water during high tides.   The dramatic Torii (gate) of the Itsukushima Shrine is such a popular tourist attraction in Japan that the view of the gate from Mount Misen is known to be one of the three best views of Japan.  The gate itself is made from camphor wood and dates back to 1875, but the first gate was built in 1168.

In your garden, this Itsukushima Shrine replica will be more than a conversation piece; it will also make a beautiful sound.  When it is time to relax amid the blossoms of your garden, nothing will transform your spirit more than the rich resonance of a Japanese gong.

So important are gongs in Asian culture that they have been used to deter invasions, heal the sick, chase away evil spirits, and even invoke the spirits of the deceased.  With such a colorful history, it is no wonder that today the garden gong is said to add a sacred aspect to an outdoor setting.  Why not bring the ancient splendor of the Far East into your home and by adding this transformative gong to your garden this spring?

This Torii Japanese Garden Gong is made from walnut-finished ash wood with a black steel frame and a hand-hammered bronze gong that is 20” in diameter.  It measure 43” tall and is 37” wide.  A mallet is included.