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Meoto-iwa (Wedded Rocks)

A big tourist attraction near Ise jingu, are these two rocks connected by a rope.

 

The two rocks are considered to be male and female, named Izanagi and Izanami, and represent the first couple in Japanese traditional history.

 

The sacred rope, called shimenawa is made from rice stalks braided together, and weigh almost a tonne.

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Taken on January 3, 2008