A hell of load of hemp!—Four and half tons of a new sacred hemp rope is shown below being lifted into Kaguraden Hall of the Izumo Taisha Shrine on July 9th in Taisha, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. According to The Asahi Shimbun (via Getty Images) the Shinto shrine’s rope was renewed for the 1st time in four years and it took six and half hours to get it into a “high” position of hemp-full worship.
Notice the hot hemp maidens praying for love in the lower half of the above photo. Izumo Taisha is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan and is thought to favor those hoping for luck in love.
Learn more about the shrine at wikipedia.org/wiki/Izumo-taisha.
Shimenawa at Izumo-Taisha Shrine via Wikipedia