11/10/09 The view from Mt-Chougatake
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Panoramic photo by Yutaka Takahashi Taken 13:49, 22/10/2011 - Views loading...

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11/10/09 The view from Mt-Chougatake

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2011/10/09 蝶ヶ岳山頂からの、槍穂高の眺望です。三股から登りましたが、連休中日だったので駐車場は満杯。道路にも150台近くの車があふれていました。ご覧のとおりお天気は雲一つ無い快晴で、多くの登山者がパノラマを楽しんでいました。ただ、今年気になるのは、遠くは霞がかかった状態のお天気が多く、安曇野方面の眺望は今ひとつでした。

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This panorama was taken in Japan

This is an overview of Japan

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.)

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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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