Friday, July 14, 2017

(1370) Married rocks

Getting close to the Futami Okitama Jinja (二見興玉神社) shrine in Mie Prefexture's Futami, in the broader area of the Ise Grand Shrine, you don't notice anything that warns you that you are going to see something unusual: 

A shrine (actually two) with the usual right colors...

...and a fixation with frogs.

But in the sea, next to it there is one of Japan's most phtographed spots. It is the "Meoto Iwa" (夫婦岩) pair of rocks, literally "married rocks" representing the pairing of the deities Izanagi (イザナギ) and Izanami (イザナミ) that. according to mythology, created Japan.  

Here, the pair from a different angle so you can get an idea of their size,  

with a map with the names of each rock. From left to right "Shishi-iwa" (獅子岩), "Eboshi-iwa" (烏帽子岩), "Byobu-iwa" (屏風岩) and "Meoto-iwa" (夫婦岩)

and of course on a vending machine. 

(For more pictures from that spot, check my "Meoto Iwa" album on Flickr)

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