Landscape Nature

Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩) – Married Couple Rocks

Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩) – Married Couple Rocks are at a beach near the city of Ise in Japan. They are considered sacred by worshippers who attend the nearby Futami Okitama Shrine. The rocks celebrate the union of man and woman in marriage. The larger rock is considered to be male and has a small torii at it’s peak. The rope connecting the two is made of rice straw and is called a shimenawa. The shimenawa weighs over a ton and is replaced in a special ceremony several times a year as it is weathered. It is said that the best time to visit is in the summer at dawn as the sun rises between the two rocks. Mt Fuji can be seen in the distance during the day.

Married Couple Rocks

I think you’ll agree that this photo is a pretty awesome time to see the rocks also.

The rocks are near several other shrines, the largest being the Grand Shrine of Ise which is the most important location in the Shinto religion. Another smaller shrine nearby is dedicated to Sarutahiko Ōkami. Sarutahiko Ōkami is a kami that has become the god for safe transit, and who guides people into balance with divine nature. Sarutahiko Ōkami’s messenger is a frog, so the area has statues of frogs all over it.

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