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The largest shimenawa (sacred straw rope) in Japan is 13.5 meters long and weighs around 5 tons. The rope is one of the most easily recognized and distinctive features of Izumo-taisha.
I saw many people, young and old, tossing the coins into the air at the bell-like ends of the sacred straw rope. I decided to have a go and after a couple of throws, the coin lodged itself into the straw base. It was only after I had succeeded that my friend Yoshi informed me that local belief states that the person who is successful in making the coin stick, will come return one day to the spot. Unfortunately a wish to that end may have been necessary PRIOR to the coin toss. So, I don't know whether I'll be back as I made my wish after my successful throw.It goes without saying that I would love to revisit Japan, a country to which one can easily grow attached.

Silly me, I just realized that my ISO speed was 100, not the ideal for an action shot. Still, after some photoshop adjustments, it is a passable shot- more for the moment of optimism it captures than for the clarity.

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