The last sightseeing spot in Futami we went to yesterday (March 3) were the 夫婦岩 (Meotoiwa), or “Married Rocks”. These two rocks are the most famous part of 二見興玉神社 (Futami Okitama-jinja) shrine.
While the teachers and leaflets here say that the big stone is the husband and the small one the wife, a Japanese couple I visited the place with a few years ago had a (playful, not serious) fight over the attributions. Either way, the rocks are certainly popular with couples, and I saw many taking pictures together in front of them.
I think the picture above is the best of the photos I took, so I uploaded it at full resolution. In the one below, the interesting thing is the sign next to the torii: a white horse galloping in front of the red sun. Since I hadn’t heard anything about horses related to this shrine, I asked the people from Kogakkan University what this was about. The answer was that this year is the year of the horse, and upon further inquiry that they indeed change the sign every year.
And finally, a photo of just the sea. Futami is a beautiful place, and I loved the strong wind, although it felt kind of cold. But that’s no problem a robust jacket can’t solve. 🙂