Sacred rope replaced at waterfall in western Japan

posted on December 29, 2015

A sacred rope at a waterfall in western Japan was replaced on Sunday ahead of the New Year.

The Nachi Falls in Wakayama Prefecture are 133 meters high. A nearby Shinto shrine, Kumano Nachi Taisha, worships the flowing waters as its deity.

The shimenawa rope above the waterfall is replaced before July and the start of the New Year.

Five people, including priests wearing white robes, replaced the rope.

Although temperatures are higher than usual this winter, the river water is very cold.

The 5 entered the water almost up to their knees to hang the 26-meter-long rope.

Cloths called "shide" were attached to it.

source by NHK
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