Kansai-based crafter Matsuko Matsui creates small, delicate accessories from materials like wood, metal and glass. Among her many creations, which she catalogs on her blog, my favorite are these rings inspired by tori, a traditional Japanese gate often found at the entrance of a Shinto shrine. They can be found all across Japan symbolically delineating between sacred and non-sacred land.
“What I’d really like,” Matsui writes jokingly on her blog, “is for people to buy multiples and turn their finger into a Kyoto tori tunnel.” She is undoubtedly referring to something you would see at Fushimi Inari Taisha.
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