Married Rocks (Meoto Iwa) Ise

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Meoto Iwa are two rocks in the sea of Futami em Mie-ken the city of Myself. The two rocks are the symbol of marriage to the Shinto religion and are dubbed “Married rocks” extremely popular, as couples from all over Japan come to pray before the two deities in the hope that their marriage will be so strong and lasting.

Meoto means, couple.

The two rocks represent man and woman: the big rock with nine meters high and a circumference of about 40 meters is a man (husband) named Izanagi, Izanagi has a small gate Torii Shinto and to his right is the "wife "Of three meters, Izanami. The two rocks are connected by a sacred rope, made of braided rice stems called shimenawa of 35 m. The strings weigh almost a ton and are replaced in a special ceremony held three times a year in May, September and December.

These rocks serve as gates to the sunrise.

You can watch the sunrise between these two rocks at 4:30 am between May and July. If you're lucky, you can see the Mount Fuji on a clear summer day in june. In addition, from October to December you can watch the moon between the rocks.

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