As the name literally translates into the rocks of husband and wife, Meoto Iwa is two sacred rocks that represent a married couple in the waters off the coast of Futami that leads from the central of Ise City. The couple rocks are linked by shimenawa, a rice straw rope typically hung below the entrance to shrines. The rope is changed during Shinto events on May 5, Sept 5 and December when the tides are calm. Young newly-weds visit the rocks to offer prayers as they symbolize conjugal bliss and fertility. One can even catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji when the weather is good.

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