A boundary between worlds

This rope is called a shimenawa (注連縄 or “enclosing rope”), and it’s used to mark the boundary between the sacred and the profane at a shrine, temple or ritual site. This particular one is at Kawasaki Daishi, and it’s part of the temple’s decorations for its New Year celebrations.

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