Fred Maroon, ‘Japan Torii Gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto’, 1969, Artist's Proof

Lacquer red is a traditional color of Torii gates, erected on the approach to every Shinto shrine. The Japanese believe that passing under the gate purifies the heart of the worshipper. Kneeling beneath some of the thousands of gates that form brilliant tunnels at Inari Shrine in Kyoto, a morning visitor wears a classic cape marked with matching X's.

Series: Fashions in Japan 1969

Image rights: © Fred J. Maroon

About Fred Maroon

American, September 24, 1924 - November 5, 2001, New Brunswick, New Jersey, based in Washington, DC, United States