April 03, 2017

Relationship Breaking and Making Stone

Yasuikonpira-gū Shrine, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto
Nikon D700 Nikkor 28-70mm F2.8

This shrine has a giant stone 1.5m high and 3m wide. It is said that the power of the gods flows into the round hole on the top side of the stone. So many pieces of katashiro(形代)paper (paper notes containing wishes that substitute for the people who make them) with wishes written on them have been stuck on the stone, that stone itself can barely seen. Pass through the hole in the stone from front to back to break off a bad relationship and pass through from back to front to make a good one. Lastly, stick the katashiro on the stone and make your wish.

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