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Today’s Japan Photo: Shimenawa 標縄

Today's Japan Photo: Shimenawa

Shimenawa are lengths of laid rice straw rope used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion. For Today’s Japan Photo, we will be making a trip to the Izumo-taisha (出雲大社) in Shimane Prefecture, where their Kagura-den features the largest shimenawa (sacred straw rope) in Japan; it is 13.5 meters long and weighs around 5 tons. The rope is one of the most easily recognized and distinctive features of Izumo-taisha.

Image Credit: Fesapo flickr

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