Higashi Taifûmon 東大風門
The Great Wind Gate of the East
Crafted by ancient Yamato Ur-soulism worshipers in 52 AID, this gargantuan torii was built between the islands of Chagoku 茶国 and Kodama 小玉 as one of the greatest feats of Yamato magic to this day. Though lagging behind significantly in magical sophistication compared to the Middle Lands these days, students at the Rickard Leeuw Magistorium still go on excursions to the Shôwa Shotô to behold the wondrous monument themselves. Still active and working, ships that sail westward through the gate are accelerated by a powerful channel of wind that carries them all the way to Hammerhead. The gate was constructed because the distance between the Lower Yamato Islands and the Anvil Islands is quite significant, making sea travel between them difficult.
Torii in Yamato CultureThe Torii, written with the characters "bird" and "to reside" (鳥居), is a traditional Yamato structure. Generally it appears in the shape of a wooden arch consisting of two straight pillars holding up a slightly downward curved roof. They are often used to demarcate areas of intense spiritual energy where soothsayers and priests have supposedly detected a thin barrier between this world and the spirit world, a layer that sometimes eases and sometimes hinders the passage of souls from this world to the Great Clockwork. During the golden age of Yamato magic in the Age of the Iron Divide, magical torii were created by powerful priests and shrine maidens to serve as elemental receptacles during the height of Ur-Soulism. Unlike the classical torii, which were painted red, these magical torii sported colorful patterns symbolizing their corresponding element. The Higashi Taifûmon, however, the most powerful wind torii ever constructed, was painted in the classical red, symbolizing that the wide ocean was the true home of the Ur-Soul of Wind.