Sorin Shine

Pagoda TopIn Tokyo, Japan.

The sorin, or spire, atop a pagoda.  It’s usually made of copper or iron and, other than the tiles on each tier’s roof, it’s the only part of a pagoda that is not made of wood.  Though the sorin’s design is very symbolic, its purpose is very functional, serving as a counterweight for the top tier (whereas each other tier serves as a counterweight for the one below it).

You have to love it when style and substance, form and function, work so well together.

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