The faithful gather daily at Ishikiri Shrine in Osaka Prefecture to pray for among other things, recovery from illness or injury.
In order to have their prayers fulfilled, they perform a prayer ritual known as hyakudo-mairi 百度参り, which translates as a hundred visits. But in the case of Ishikiri these one-hundred visits may be condensed in to one visit by making a hundred laps around two stone markers located directly in front of the shrine building. The shrine priests provide a bundle of strings to be held in the hand to aid in counting the laps while walking. The shrine explains that a petitioner need not necessarily perform a hundred laps, but instead may walk, for example, a number equivalent to one’s age.