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Shirakawa

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This is the Shirakawago Gassyou Tsukuri (白川郷合掌造り) in gifu prefecture in Japan.   You are looking at a traditional Japanese house commonly built in heavy snowed area.  The roof shape and steep angle is made so snow would slide down.  

The roofs of these house need to be mended every now and then in fall and it usually done together by the local people, this event also attract many tourists. 

In eary summer one can enjow fresh green from rice/pady field, and in the midle of the summer one can see water being sprayed tens of meter hight to the houses roof to prevent them from beight caught fire.

This photo is taken in around 5:30 PM in January in a once-a-year illumination event.

Canon 20D, Raw, manual, 4 or 5 shots, Sigma 8mm F4, home made panorama head.

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The eight islands of Japan sprang into existence through Divine Intervention.

The first two gods who came into existence were Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto, the Exalted Male and Exalted Female. It was their job to make the land for people to live on.

They went to the bridge between heaven and earth and, using a jewel-encrusted halberd, Izanagi and Izanami churned up the sea into a frothy foam. As salty drips of water fell from the tip of the halberd the first island was formed. Its name was Onogoro.

So far, so good. But when Izanagi and Izanami first met on their island, Izanami spoke to Isanagi without being spoken to first. Since she was the female, and this was improper, their first union created badly-formed offspring who were sent off into the sea in boats.

The next time they met, Izanagi was sure to speak first, ensuring the proper rules were followed, and this time they produced eight children, which became the islands of Japan.

I'm sure you did not fail to miss the significance of this myth for the establishment of Japanese formal society.

At present, Japan is the financial capital of Asia. It has the second largest economy in the world and the largest metropolitan area (Tokyo.)

Technically there are three thousand islands making up the Japanese archipelago. Izanagi and Izanami must have been busy little devils with their jewelled halberd...

Japan's culture is highly technical and organized. Everything sparkles and swooshes on silent, miniaturized mechanisms.

They're a world leader in robotics, and the Japanese have the longest life-expectancy on earth.

Text by Steve Smith.

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