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C: Sapporo Clock Tower / 札幌市時計台

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 1.5 km away

Sapporo Clock Tower / 札幌市時計台

D: Shiryo-kan

by KeiHirano, 1.7 km away

Shiryokan in sapporo was build in 1926 as a courthouse. this building has a several reliefs symbolize...

Shiryo-kan

E: Sapporo Station 2 / 札幌駅前 2

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 2.1 km away

Sapporo Station 2 / 札幌駅前 2

F: Sapporo Station 1 / 札幌駅前 1

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 2.1 km away

Sapporo Station 1 / 札幌駅前 1

G: Sapporo Station

by Glen Claydon, 2.1 km away

Shot this on the 26th of June 08. Sapporo - great city. One of the only cities in Japan where the roa...

Sapporo Station

H: Ikoro art studio in Sapporo

by KeiHirano, 4.7 km away

ChikakoYoshikawa, Who is the famous ceramic artist,come to sapporo and held an exhibition at ikor-art...

Ikoro art studio in Sapporo

I: The Mt. Okura Ski Jump Stadium01

by KeiHirano, 5.2 km away

The Mt. Okura Ski Jump Stadium (Ōkurayama Jampu Kyōgijō), also known as the Ōkurayama-Schanze (大倉山シャン...

The Mt. Okura Ski Jump Stadium01

J: The Mt. Okura Ski Jump Stadium03

by KeiHirano, 5.3 km away

The Mt. Okura Ski Jump Stadium (Ōkurayama Jampu Kyōgijō), also known as the Ōkurayama-Schanze (大倉山シャン...

The Mt. Okura Ski Jump Stadium03

This panorama was taken in Hokkaido, 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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