Oregon Public Broadcasting

A second kasaga, the top, horizontal beam of a torii, has washed ashore on the Oregon coast near Florence. In March a similar object was found on the beach near Oceanside.

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Both items are thought to be from sacred archs in Japan that were destroyed and set a drift on the Pacific by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.

The red and black torii was first reported Monday evening at the Siuslaw South Jetty and State Park workers removed it from the beach Tueday morning. The torii is being stored at a nearby state park maintenance compound.

The Consular Office of Japan in Portland has been notified of the find. The exact origins of both objects have yet to be identified.

Beach visitors are encouraged to report unusual amounts or kinds of marine debris by calling 211 while on the coast.

Oregon Parks and Recreation employees loaded debris on a trailer to haul it off the beach.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department was called about part of a boat -- but instead found floating material that could be debris from the March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan. Judson Randall

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department was called about part of a boat -- but instead found floating material that could be debris from the March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.

An example of one of Japan's many intact torii - this one much smaller than what has washed ashore in Oregon. Josh Hunt

An example of one of Japan's many intact torii - this one much smaller than what has washed ashore in Oregon.

Iwahashi Katsuji, chief international public relations officer for The Association of Shinto Shrines, Tokyo, Japan. Josh Hunt

Iwahashi Katsuji, chief international public relations officer for The Association of Shinto Shrines, Tokyo, Japan.

Infographic by Thomas Cober and Ben Patterson. Japanese to English translation of statistics by Josh Hunt

Infographic by Thomas Cober and Ben Patterson. Japanese to English translation of statistics by Josh Hunt

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

   

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