My friend Aya-san came over from near Kyoto the next morning, and we set off to walk to the Outer shrine of Ise or Geku. At the time, there was only a light drizzle. Unfortunately, as we kept going, the rain increased, to become a downpour. By the time we got to the Inner Shrine, it was a downpour. Since it was Sunday, there were many tourists, and we trudged on, I should say sloshed on, in spite of it. On occasions like this, I always wear rubber soled shoes, carefully waterproofed, as is the lower part of my pants. Of course I had a raincoat and an umbrella. Nevertheless, I got wet. Aya-san's boots had water in them. The stairs to the shrines were real cascades... I couldn't take any pictures, being afraid of ruining my camera. So I guess I will have to return on some dry day in the future.
Luckily, the next day was bright and sunny, if windy and a bit chilly. I had decided to go to see Meoto Iwa, the famous "wedded rocks". It is a short train ride from Ise-shi. When you arrive at the coastline, though, what you first notice are frog statues.
Then another one:
But then, you get a first distant view of the rocks. They represent Inazagi and Inazami, the two gods of the Shinto creation story.
The frogs are a symbol of the Okitama shrine, which is right there, where Miketsu no Kami, the ancient goddess of food, is revered.
The water fountain also has many frogs:
Believe me, there are more, I just didn't photograph them!
Another item of interest is a tiny red shrine in front of a small cave. Ameratsu, goddess of the Sun, is supposed to have hidden in this cave for a while.
I then went to Kashikojima, in the south of the Ise peninsula, from where one can take a boat to visit Ago Bay.
I have some pictures of the bay I will post soon.