What’s the Meaning Behind this Japanese Rock Sculpture?

The Shinto shrine that acts like a modern installation piece

Christopher P Jones
4 min readMar 15, 2024

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Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩), or the Married Couple Rocks, in the sea off Futami, Mie, Japan. Image source Wikimedia Commons

Some artworks move us because of their sheer conceptual simplicity.

The Married Couple Rocks are two small rocky stacks in the sea just off the Japanese coastline. Between the two rocks a thick rope is hung, representing the concord of marriage.

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