London, March 2 (ANI): An increasing number of Japanese women, who are unhappy with their marital life, are flushing down their aspirations in a temple toilet.
The Mantokuji Temple, located in Gunma Prefecture in central Japan, has historically been a sanctuary for women unhappy in their marriages, said Tadashi Takagi, the temple museum director.
The women visitors write down their desires on a piece of paper that is flushed down the lavatory.
There are two traditional squat toilets in the temple - women who wish to cut ties use the white toilet, while the black toilet is for women wishing to strengthen ties.
"In the past the Mantokuji was a divorce temple. There are only two in Japan and in the whole world," the Telegraph quoted Takagi, as saying.
He went on: "Originally it provided the possibility to break off with bad relationships. Women used to come here to have legal protection and divorce from their husbands.
"So the idea today is that people get rid of the bad things in their life and become happy."
Takagi pointed out that the ritual revolved around the power of the "kawaya no kami" toilet deity to cure illnesses and help in childbirth.
He said: "There [have been] people who take it for a real lavatory and actually use it.
"But since we have put a sign indicating that the toilets are for praying, almost nobody makes that mistake anymore." (ANI)