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Point of interest: Mie Prefecture

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Mie Prefecture - A Hidden Gem
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This article is part of a series about locations in your Mastery Map, a visual representation of your Japanese Mastery Level.
Japanese cultured pearls are the finest in the world, and those pearls come from the waters of the Ise Bay in Mie Prefecture. Mie is a lot like those Mikimoto pearls - it's a treasure just waiting for you to explore.

The Wedded Rocks

Futami, now a district of Ise City, is home to Meoto Iwa (
めおといわ
夫婦岩
) - usually known as the 'married couple rocks' or 'wedded rocks'. 夫婦岩 is a sacred rock formation in the ocean. The larger rock represents the husband, and the smaller one the wife. A
しめなわ
注連縄
or 'shimenawa', a heavy twisted rope, representing the division of the spiritual and corporeal worlds that connects the two rocks, is replaced in a solemn ceremony three times a year.
If you're going to see Meoto Iwa (or find it on YouTube), try to go during high tide, when the rocks are separated. If you can catch the sunrise there, even better - you'll see the rising peak of Mt Fuji between the rocks.

Mikimoto Made Mie Famous

Now, back to those pearls.
Ama are the famed women pearl divers, and most of them live and work in Mie Prefecture. They no longer dive for pearls (that was early on in the business), but rather for delicacies like sea urchin, turban snails, and the highly prized abalone. You can find these divers and their bounty at small local markets in Toba, or have a fresh Ise lobster lunch at an ama hut. You can visit with the ama, and show off the language skills you've learned on your Kanshudo journey.
The Mikimoto Pearl Island is just off the coast of Toba, and is home to a pearl museum. One of the highlights of the museum is a collection of antique pearl jewelry.

The Shrines Of Ise Jingu

The shrines of Ise Jingu (
いせじんぐう
伊勢神宮
) are among the holiest sites in Japan. Over 125 shrines are split into the inner shrine, Naiku; and Geku, the outer one. Devout Shinto believe that the sun goddess Amaterasu ōkami (
あまてらす
天照
おおかみ
大神
) - the most important Shinto deity, resides in Naiku, and Toyo'uke-ōmikami (
とようけ
豊受
おおみかみ
大御神
), the goddess of both agriculture and industry, is in Geku.

Japanese Cuisine Is More Than Sushi!

Americans have a quite limited exposure to Japanese cuisine, which is ancient and refined. If you ever get to Mie, and the town of Matsusaka, you're in for some of the best beef you'll have in your life. Matsusaka (
まつさか
松阪
) beef is another version of the famed Wagyu beef, and you're probably familiar with Kobe beef. Matsusaka beef is as carefully curated as a French champagne - the virgin cows must be raised in Matsusaka.
Mastering the language with Kanshudo brings the nuance of Japanese culture alive - let's keep going!

Kanji used in this point of interest

フ   フウ   おっと husband   
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フ    wife, woman   
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ガン   いわ a boulder   
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チュウ   そそ to pour   
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レン   つれる to take, to lead   つらねる to line up   つらなる to extend   
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ジョウ   なわ rope   
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イ    that one; Italy   
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セイ   vigorous   いきお vigour, energy   
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シン   ジン   かみ    かん-    こう- god   
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ク   キュウ   グウ   みや palace, shrine   
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テン   あめ    あま- heaven   
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ショウ   て to shine   てらす to illuminate   てれる to be shy, to be embarrassed   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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ホウ   ゆた plentiful, abundant   
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ジュ   うける to receive, to accept   うかる to pass (an exam)    
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ゴ   ギョ   honorific prefix   おん-    
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ショウ   まつ pine tree   
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ハン   slope
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