If you’re looking for a place to celebrate your union, look no farther than Meoto Iwa in Mie Prefecture. These two rocks standing in the crashing ocean waves off the coast are bound together by a heavy rope of rice straw called a shimenawa. This rope weighs over one ton and must be replaced several times a year.
The rocks represent the union between the creator gods, Izanagi and Izanami, therefore celebrating bonds of marriage. The larger rock represents Izanagi and has a small torii gate on top of its peak. The smaller stone represents the goddess Izanami. The sun appears to rise between the two rocks during the summer and at low tide, they aren’t separated by water.
The wedded rocks are located just off the coast of Futami. Nearby, visitors may see themselves to Futami Okitama Shrine. The shrine is an auspicious location for wedded couples, those seeking marriage, and people who are looking for something to return.
Found all over the area surrounding Meoto Iwa and Futami Okitama Shrine, these frog statues are believed to bring good fortune in returning lost items. The word frog in Japanese is kaeru, which shares phonetics with the verb for return, also kaeru. If you’re waiting for something or perhaps someone to return to you, patting a frog statue might do you some good.
A 15-minute walk from Futaminoura Station or a short bus ride via the local sightseeing CAN bus.
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