Meoto Iwa – The Wedded Rocks and Futami Okitama Shrine
When I was little, we had to do an assignment on a religion in the world in a pair. My friend and I were the only one who chose Shintoism as our topic in our class. We of course saw pictures of the wedded rocks that represented the god Izanagi and the goddess Izanami. More than a decade later, I finally got to witness this place first hand and I wrote on Facebook that it is here that heaven meets the sea.
Apart from the Ise Grand Shrine, the Futami Okitama Shrine is also one of the most visited shrines in the region because of the Meoto Iwa, the wedded rocks. The cultural importance of these rocks are the fact that they represent the creation of Japan. It is believed that the union between Izanagi, the man, and Izanami, the woman, created all the islands known today as Japan. The bigger rock with the small tori at the top represents Izanagi while the smaller rock represents Izanami.
I actually visited the shrine at 8:30 in the morning before heading to off to visit Naiku, the Ise Grand Shrine. The best time to visit the wedded rocks is during the dawn because of the high tide. When the tide is low, the sea will no longer separate the rocks from the mainland. Therefore you will not get to see the divine picturesque iconic view. The rocks are actually not as big as you would think but the overall picture was spectacular.
The Futami Okitama Shrine actually sits on a tiny strip of land next to a headland. There are only two ways to enter the premise. Therefore the shrine is actually quite small. There is only one main hall dedicated to Miketsu, the goddess of food, and statues of frogs are everywhere. Here I actually got a small Japanese wooden board and wrote my wish on there.
It was so windy and I hope the wind carries my wish to the land where people can not reach.