The story of the Japanese Torii

Discover the story behind the Fighting Films logo on our judogis

The Torii in the Japanese culture

In Japan, tradition and history are very important. The toriis are emblematic elements of Japanese history. These portals are traditionally erected at the entrance of Shinto shrines, the oldest religion in Japan. This gate marks the passage from the everyday environment to the sacred shrine.

Firstly, toriis have a similar structure, two vertical posts, usually made of wood, supporting two horizontal lintels. The traditional color of these posts is vermilion, a very bright red.

The history of the Japanese Torii dates back to the 10th century, serving to demarcate the territory of the shrine which was previously demarcated only by four posts at the corners of the shrine.

Then the sanctuaries were transformed, two more imposing wooden posts were built on the side through which the priests entered the sanctuary. Then, the rope that connected these posts was raised to allow them to pass without worry, and finally, this rope was transformed into a horizontal wooden lintel that is present today on these portals accompanied by a second one to maintain the structure better.

If the Torii have a historical importance, nowadays, they also have a strong religious importance since nearly 70% of the population practices Shintoism ( shinbutsu shūgō which is a syncretism between Buddhism and Shintoism.

Fighting Films and the Japanese Torii

Fighting Films is inspired by the Japanese spirit for all its creations. The brand being centered on the most popular martial art of Japan, judo, a link had to be made. The Torii being one of the symbols of the country of the Rising Sun, the link was made.

Then, in order not to have just a classic Torii as a logo, we stylized it. The initials of the brand being “FF“, we noticed that if we split the torii in two vertically, we see an F appearing right side up and an F upside down.

In addition, we chose a deep red for this logo, which, referring to the red of the Torii.

This logo takes then all its sense, between deep relation which unites us with Japan as well as a design taking back the name of the brand, the logo was quite found!

You can find this logo, representing the Torii on all our judo kimonos. As well for children as for adults. The Fighting Films torii has become a reference that allows us to distinguish our Superstar athletes during competitions!

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