At "Hana no Iwaya Shrine" in Kumano City, Mie Prefecture, which is registered as a World Heritage Site, "Otsuna Kake Shinji" was held to pass a rope to a huge rock that is an object of worship.

Hana no Iwaya Shrine's "Otsuna Kake Shinji" is a traditional Shinto ritual in which a 170-meter long rope is passed from a 45-meter-high sacred rock.

It was held in February and October every year, and has been canceled since the spread of the new coronavirus, but on the 2nd, after limiting the number of participants, it will be the first time in two years and eight months since February. Done.

When the representatives of parishioners climbed the rock, they pulled up the rope and fixed the tip to the rock.

It is said that if you touch the rope, you will receive a blessing, and worshipers would pull the net hanging from the rock to the nearby shore and tie the other end to a pillar.

The newly stretched rope was decorated with flowers and fans, and local elementary school students performed dances.

She returned from Singapore for the first time in 20 years and visited the shrine. She said, "I'm happy to participate in a Shinto ritual that has been passed down since ancient times in Japan."

Also, a man in his 60s who participated from Wakayama Prefecture said, "My heart was cleansed and I felt like I was born again."