National Geographic : 1930 May
00 ©E.M. Newman WATERS OF THE INLAND SEA LAVE THE BASE OF A FAMOUSTORII The meaning of torii is not definitely known, some authorities claiming for it Japanese origin as a perchfor sacred fowls. Itisnow merely asym bolical ornament to Shinto temples. The Inland Sea is a fairy region of islets, temples, and trees, 240 miles long and from 8to40miles wide, inclosed by the islands of Honshu. Shikoku, and Kyushu. The Great Torii stands on the beach of Miyajima, an island ofthe Inland Sea. Itis45feet high, 75 feet long at the top, and its base is covered when the tide is in.