Thank you for the informative write-up, Tom! It is a nice picture of you and the gate in the sea, too :)
Since the Itsukushima Shrine is dedicated to the goddesses of sailing safety, it somewhat makes sense to leave the gate in the sea to mark the boundary between our world and the god’s domain.
I am no expert at this; the gate in the sea just looks cool to me ;)
Thank you for the article! I enjoyed your write-up on the comparison between the two knife types.
I find a number of sources in English (including Wikipedia) interprets “Santoku/three uses” as in “slicing, mincing and dicing”, but this does not match the interpretations I found in Japanese. I cross-referenced with Santoku…
Thank you for the article!
The four knives shown in the picture in the “most commonly used knives in Japan” section — from left to right: