Meotoiwa - The Wedded Rocks
Trip Start Sep 08, 2010
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It is for this reason that for centuries the site has been a sacred Shinto shrine and why they have been seen as an important symbol of fertility & marital unity
It was a great privilege to physically stand before the site (sight?) I had read about years before and which would have been so inaccessible to the 19th century writer.
Beth & I loved the approaching walk along the promenade, swallowing mouthfuls of the fresh sea air and watching a hawk swerve inland clutching a silvery catch. As is always the case with these things, the rocks were smaller in reality than I had imagined but I can at least claim the wild exaggeration of Lockyer's illustration as having given me false expectations. I wondered if the engraver had ever visited the site which he so painstakingly scratched out of metal. However it was a powerful sight all the same - the marriage of the two rocks somehow more meaningful for their humble size - and many Japanese had decided to spend their national holiday celebrating their union.
We were, however, far too late for the rising sun and try as I might, binoculars in hand, I scoured the distant hills without success. I am beginning to think Mt. Fuji does not exist at all.