For Today’s Japan Photo, we would be heading out to enjoy the light of dawn at Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩), or the “Loved one-and-loved one Rocks”, located in the sea off Futami, Mie Prefecture.
According to Shinto, the rocks represent the union of the creator of kami, Izanagi and Izanami. The rocks, therefore, celebrate the union in marriage of man and woman. The larger rock, said to be male, has a small torii at its peak.
They are joined by a shimenawa (a heavy rope of rice straw, which weighs over a ton) and the rope must be replaced several times a year in a special ceremony.
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