Spread around the country there are temples and shrines for all kinds of things, from not failing a test to fertility and phenomenal phalluses. Yet even in Japan, where babies aren’t exactly bountiful, Jishu shrine’s offer of everlasting love still seems more unlikely than landing a little ‘un.
Not, or course, that such cynicism stops young hopefuls from nervously tackling the task of navigating their way between the temple’s two presumably super-powered stones with their eyes firmly shut.
As a successful bid, hence their struggles, is said to bring a life filled with happiness instead of heartbreak.
Which these two, perhaps foolishly, think they’ve found.
Laughably believing that love is all you need.