A traditional Shinto ritual has been held in western Japan to pray for navigation safety and a large fish catch.
Priests of Akama Shrine in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, boarded a boat and prayed facing a rock in the sea on Tuesday.
Another priest climbed up with a sacred straw rope called shimenawa and tied it around the 3-meter-tall rock. The rope is about 5 meters long and weighs 20 kilograms.
The ritual is based on a legend that says disasters and epidemics stopped when ancient people put the rock in the area.
A visitor in his 70s from neighboring Hiroshima Prefecture said he was worried that the priest would fall into the sea. He added that he felt purified after observing the ritual, and that he hopes everyone has a peaceful New Year.