OCEANSIDE -- A portion of a Japanese shrine called a kasagi washed ashore Friday morning on the beach at Oceanside.
Local resident Judson Randall reported the find to the Oceanside community via an email, along with photos of the kasagi. He described it as the top portion of an ornamental structure called a torii.
Randall wrote that he and others notified the local fire district, police, and state parks and wildlife officials of the find.
Two parks officials who responded initially seemed casual about it, but returned later, excited about its importance, Randall wrote. They towed the kasagi away.
"I suspect that this is probably one of the most culturally significant pieces to arrive from the tsunami flood," Randall said, "It's way more interesting than the huge box that washed up in Newport."