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A: 6

by Greg Voisan, less than 10 meters away

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B: 1

by Greg Voisan, less than 10 meters away

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C: 2

by Greg Voisan, less than 10 meters away

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D: 5

by Greg Voisan, less than 10 meters away

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E: Sake Bar Hanno City Japan

by Greg Voisan, 10 meters away

Sake Bar Hanno City Japan

G: Mt. Fuji from Asahiyama park at nightfall

by Taro Tsubomura, 1.8 km away

Asahiyama park was recently developed; this is one of the famous spot for nice night view. On the day...

Mt. Fuji from Asahiyama park at nightfall

H: Mumin Valley

by Katsunori Takamatsu, 3.2 km away

Mumin Valley

I: Mumin Valley - Akebono Children's Forest Park -

by Katsunori Takamatsu, 3.2 km away

Mumin Valley - Akebono Children's Forest Park -

J: After finish of red spider lily

by Taro Tsubomura, 3.3 km away

Red spider lily is very curious plant. In September, green stems with no leaves are grown from the so...

After finish of red spider lily

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.)

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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