This silk miyamairi kimono for boys showcases the renowned 'Meoto Iwa' rocks, depicted through painting with embroidered highlights. Measuring 25 inches (64 cm) across the shoulders and 39.5 inches (100 cm) in height, 'Meoto Iwa' translates to 'the husband and wife rocks' situated near Futami City on the southwestern coast of Japan's main island, close to the significant Grand Shrine of Ise in Shinto religion.
According to Shinto beliefs, these rocks symbolize the union of the Shinto creator gods Izanagi and Izanami, celebrating the marital union between man and woman. Tied together by a sacred rice straw rope called 'shimenawa', weighing over a ton, these rocks necessitate ceremonial replacement of the rope three times a year in May, September, and December. The 'shimenawa', blessed by local Shinto priests with water and salt, is adorned with tassels known as 'shide' and possesses the sacred power of warding off evil spirits while welcoming faithful visitors to the sacred site.
Legend suggests that when couples pilgrimage to this shrine and the wind rustles the tassels between the rocks, it's believed that unseen spirits of wind and water offer prayers for protection and good fortune. Additionally, twice a year, the sun rises through the saddle of the rocks from a specific angle, framing the Hinomaru, the rising sun, a significant symbol in Japan—symbolizing, to some, the birth of the nation.