Torii Gate Honors Sister City

After months of meticulous planning, designing, and building the Shelter Institute was able to complete the installation of a traditional Japanese Torii gate in the new green space along Commercial Street. The gate serves as a recognition of the enduring sister city relationship between Bath, Maine, and Tsugaru, Japan.

The Torii gate, an iconic structure often found at the entrances of Shinto shrines in Japan, represents a gateway between the physical and spiritual worlds. It symbolizes respect, unity, and goodwill, making it a perfect embodiment of the sister city relationship between Bath and Tsugaru.

The Torii gate is a striking piece of craftsmanship. Standing at nine feet tall the gate is constructed entirely from wood ensuring its cultural authenticity and visual allure. Its vibrant orange color, characteristic of traditional Torii gates, is a striking contrast against the backdrop of the Kennebec River.

This beautiful structure will serve as a gathering point, inviting residents and visitors alike to experience the spirit of Japan in the heart of Bath.

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