JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono

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The Wedded Rocks are part of Futami Okitama Shrine known for frog sculptures. 二見興玉神社
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The shrine is dedicated to Sarutahiko and Ukano-mitama. Sarutahiko is a god which serves as a pathfinder guide. Deities for land/sea transportation safety. 二見
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The frog is Sarutahiko's messenger. Frog is called "kaeru" in Japanese, which is a homonym for the another word meaning "return home." If you travel a lot, pray here for a safe return. 夫婦岩
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Base of giant Jizo statue
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Base of giant Jizo statue and frogs. Buy a frog for 1,000 yen and write your name and age on it and place it here. 身代わり蛙
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One eye is closed. For people with eye or vision/health problems, the frogs are trying to take their place and bear the problem while the Jizo is to give blessings to the person. 身代わり蛙
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Frog is "Kaeru" which means to "return." A popular ornament at house entrances (exits) and gardens.
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This frog will supposedly have your money "returned."
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