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Meoto Iwa

Japan's famous "Married couple rocks"

Mie's Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩) is located off the shores of Futami city in Mie and just 10 km away from Ise Grand Shrine. Meoto Iwa (also known as the Married Couple Rocks) are essentially a couple of small rocks sitting peacefully.

According to the Shinto Futami Okitama Jinja (二見興玉神社), the rocks represent the union of the creators of Izanagi-no-Okami (God), represented by the larger rock and Izanami-no-Mikoto (Goddess), by the smaller and more delicate rock. Linked together by a rope, these two rocks symbolize the union in marriage between a man and a woman.

The footage here was all taken on the same day – first at 6am during high tide, and then at 2pm during low tide.

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