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Built in 1914, the Wakamiya Inari Shrine is a rectangular frame building that is painted red, the traditional color for this Shinto sect’s shrines. A shake-shingled Irimoya (hipped and gabled) roof with overhanging eaves, exposed rafters, and an ornamental ridgepole with a chigi (v-shaped projections) dominate the structure. The Wakamiya Inari Shrine is architecturally significant as the only example of this Shinto sect’s traditional shrine architecture on Oahu. It follows the traditional Japanese forms and serves as a visual reminder of Japanese influence in Hawaii. The Inari are a minor Shinto sect primarily associated with the working classes, especially farmers.
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