Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Meoto Iwa husband and wife rocks

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Meoto Iwa are pairs of rocks joined by a shimenawa. They are known as husband and wife rocks or wedded rocks, and are generally considered to represent Izanagi and Izanami, the primordial brother/sister husband/wife kami pair that created the Japanese Islands and the kami.

The draincover of Yasu, now a part of Konan City, in Kochi, shows a Meoto Iwa found on its coastline, though it is off the henro trail so I didnt make the detour to see them.

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However, a few days before, down near Cape Muroto there was another set.

The most famous Meoto Iwa are near Ise, but in fact there are many all over Japan.

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These were on the coast a little south of Fukuoka City.

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And these were on the Yamaguchi coast a little north of Shimonoseki.

4 comments:

  1. I had no idea there were so many. Here is one near Kanazawa: http://traveljapanblog.com/wordpress/2010/07/wedded-rocks/

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  2. I saw those two going down to Muroto as well. It was such a nice surprise coming around a bend in the highway as I remember it.

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  3. A wow, I've only been to the one in Ise!
    I didn't know that there are 2 so close to where I live. Gotta check them out soon!
    Thanks! ^-^

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  4. I can't guess how small or big or those ones.

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