JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Tojinbo sign indicating the Echizen-Kaga Coastal Quasi-National Park
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Tojinbo is in Mikuni-cho.
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Huge rock columns stand about 9 stories (25 meters) high.
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Bungee jumping is probably not possible here.
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Meoto-Iwa Wedded Rocks off the coast of Futami-cho, Ise city, Mie Prefecture. 夫婦岩
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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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Futami Okitama Shrine does not have a main hall (Honden) like most other shrines. It worships the Okitama Sacred Stone in the ocean beyond the Wedded Rocks. 二見興玉神社
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Lantern and sunset at Futami Okitama Shrine
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Sunset at Futami Okitama Shrine. In the old days when traveling was a hazardous undertaking in Japan, pilgrims who traveled to worship at the Ise Grand Shrines prayed here for a safe return home.
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Men carry spanking-new shimenawa ropes to the rocks.
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The Wedded Rocks are actually a type of torii gate for worshipping the Okitama Sacred Stone in the ocean.1 comments
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The torii on the larger rock is quite small. The sacred rope is replaced three times a year on May 5, September 5, and at the end of December.
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5月5日、9月5日と12月下旬には夫婦岩の大注連縄の張り替え神事が行われる。これらの写真は5月5日に撮影された。
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The men begin to cut off the old rope. Those sharp sickles soon made short work of the old sacred ropes which were brought ashore in small pieces.
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There it is. The female rock. 女性器をかたどった石
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The ceremony attracts a large crowd.
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「姫石」(陰石)
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The shimenawa rope actually consists of five smaller ropes. They cut the ropes one by one.
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Oagata Shrine's Female Rock. 女性器をかたどった石
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The ropes are now completely cut, breaking the bond between the two rocks.
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Oagata Shrine's Female Rock. Not a good likeness...「姫石」(陰石)
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The old rope is taken away.
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More female rocks.
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The new ropes are strung across the two rocks. A small rope tied to the end of the large rope is used to pull the large rope up the rock.
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Female Rock
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The first rope is wound around both rocks.
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The second rope is installed.
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One by one, the men carefully positioned the new sacred ropes on the two Rocks. All the while, young children and young men are chanting on the shore.
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Replacing the rope for the Wedded Rocks, Mie Pref.
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Five ropes are being positioned and made taut.
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All the while, the cheering section chants and wave streamers.
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Sakurajima 桜島Part of Kirishima-Yaku National Park.
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Sakurajima 桜島
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Pieces of the old rope. Anyone could take home the pieces of old sacred rope if they wanted.
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Tama River in Mitake Gorge, Tokyo
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View from the slope
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Making sure that the rope is aligned and positioned correctly.
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Walking paths near the mountain.
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The job is finished.
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Sakurajima, Kagoshima. Part of Kirishima-Yaku National Park. 桜島
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The rope installers return to shore.
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Folding screen (byobu) rock 屏風岩
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Leaving Sakurajima across the bay.
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Wedded Rocks with a new rope. Japan has numerous other Wedded Rocks and stones, but this is by far the most famous.
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Kagoshima port
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Marvelous contrast between the torii and layered rock.
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Close-up of rock
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Aoshima Shrine torii
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Aoshima Shrine torii
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Aoshima Shrine, Miyazaki
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Aoshima's Devil's Washboard
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Not my bicycle
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Trail around the island
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Aoshima from a distance.
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Mt. Akaiwa
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View of Otaru as we head toward Akaiwa
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View from Akaiwa of Cape Takashima. Todo Rock island on the left.
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Climbing Mt. Akaiwa. Almost rock climbing with a ladder and rope.
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View of the coast.
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Sacred rock where the god lives.
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Tateiwa Rock on the Tango Peninsula, northern Kyoto. The swimming beach leading to Tateiwa is named Tateiwa Nochigahama (立岩後ヶ浜海水浴場).
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Tateiwa Rock on Tango Peninsula.Map (Tateiwa): https://goo.gl/maps/QDHmG1qArez
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About Tateiwa Rock.
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How Tateiwa Rock formed. This large mass of volcanic rock formed when the magma erupted and accumulated within the earthen strata below the surface. The magma didn't break the surface. However, the surrounding strata was soft and eventually eroded to expose only this hard volcanic rock called Tateiwa (Standing Rock).
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Tateiwa Rock
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Tateiwa Rock
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San'in Kaigan Geopark (山陰海岸ジオパーク) area.
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San'in Kaigan Geopark (山陰海岸ジオパーク)
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San'in Kaigan Geopark (山陰海岸ジオパーク) from Kyoto to Tottori.
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Also part of Adogawa is Okino-shiraishi Rocks, a few km off shore and a favorite place for birds which turned the rocks white from their droppings. Four rocks stand 80 meters deep in the lake. Out of the water, the tallest stands 14 meters high. 沖の白
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Rocky shore
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Windsor Hotel in the distance.
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The water is very transparent.
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Love this transparent water. Makes you feel like canoeing or kayaking to the Nakajima islands.
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Castle foundation wall
   
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