Meoto Iwa

PhotographerEriko Kaniwa
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryTokyo, Japan
Photo Date2016/ through the year
Technical InfoNikon D 810
Entry Description

According to the legends of Futami Okitama shrine (founded in the early 8th century), the rocks were worshipped 2,000 years ago as “torii of the sea,” with the purpose of venerating a sacred stone below the surface of the distant ocean glimpsed between them. The worship of paired rocks can be traced to the days of the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki (The oldest and second-oldest Japanese written works, composed in the early 8th century), and the Tenson Korin. wedded rocks do not merely symbolize the bonds of love, but are also deeply connected to the origins of Japan. 

About Photographer

Self taught photographic fine artist. Eriko Kaniwa is an international award winning fine art photographer based in Tokyo, and the creator of the Sensegraphia Fine Art Photography. Sensegraphia is a conceptual redefinition of photography, in which the visual aesthetics of the photograph are used to develop and express a sense of nature that enables us to recognize that humans are a part of nature and that we are centrally involved, both consciously and subconsciously, in nature's dynamics. Kaniwa spent a year and a half exploring the symbols of Japanese nature worship, which are exemplified