In Mie Prefecture, not far from the city of Futami, which belongs to the city of Ise, are the Meoto Iwa rocks, which are also called" The Married Rocks ".
These two sacred rocks in the sea near the coast are not far from the Futami-Okitama Shrine, the Ryuugu Shrine and also near the famous Ise Shrine itself.
The two rocks are connected with a so-called Shimenawa. This is a ritual rope made of rice straw. This fact gave them the nickname "The Married Rocks"
In the belief of the Shinto religion, these two rocks represent the union of the pair of gods Izanagi and Izanami, who, according to legend, are the two central gods "Kami" in the myth of the origin of Japan.
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.
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