Duke University Press (2003)
Akakura Mountain Shrine Architecture
The bridge is an important symbolic divider between the shrine environs and the world of the larger mountain. Each morning, worshippers undertaking shugyo (ascetic discipline cross this small bridge over the Akakura river to begin their climb up the mountain. (see Immortal Wishes, p. 154) They pause before crossing the bridge and explain their intended route to the mountain divinities.