Debris found Mon. may be part of Japanese arch

Debris found Mon. may be part of Japanese arch

Credit: Oregon Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Debris found Mon. may be part of Japanese arch

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 10, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 11:09 AM

FLORENCE, Ore. -- The Parks and Recreation department says another piece of painted wood that may have religious significance in Japan has washed up on an Oregon beach.

The latest object was found Monday near Florence. It's similar to one found March 25 near Oceanside.

The department says it appears to be a kasagi, the top, horizontal part of a torii, an arch marking the entrance to a sacred place.

It's described as black and red, 14 feet long and 3 feet wide.

The agency says it moved the piece for safekeeping and notified Japanese officials. It hasn't determined the origin of either piece and hasn't called them tsunami debris.

The agency says unusual objects can be reported by calling 211 along the coast, but unpainted wood doesn't need to be reported.

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