Picture of the Day: meoto iwa (夫婦岩), the "wedded rocks" by @masumisakamoto

Off the coast of Futami in ’s Mie prefecture, two large rocks jutting from the are tied in eternal embrace. Known as (), the “wedded rocks” comprise a shinto site symbolizing the of Izanagi and Izanami, the divine couple that gave birth to the Japanese islands and the kami (spirits) that inhabit them. The rice-straw ceremonial rope, or shimenawa (注連縄), that binds the rocks weighs over a ton and must be replaced multiple times a year as it deteriorates in the wet sea air.

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