I was at the Food and Wine Festival last week, for a very brief visit to see my brother and his family. I have been weighing purchases more carefully in recent month than I have in several years. I went to a kiosk full of Food and Wine merchandise and told myself this might be the first year since 2002 that I did not purchase the collectible pin.
That is, until I saw the one with the torri gate.
This is a symbol of the portal between the physical and spiritual worlds. It is also a symbol of the Eastern goddess of flow", of being in sync with the Universe.
I bought the pin.