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A: Higashi Betsuin

by Blane Ebersold, 4.4 km away

Higashi Betsuin is one of Nagoya's largest temples. It was built around 1690. It's located in Naka-ku...

Higashi Betsuin

B: Hanada Park

by Masakazu Matsumoto, 4.8 km away

Hanada park, Chikusa, Nagoya, Japan.The distant landscape is defocused by Photoshop in order to empha...

Hanada Park

C: Bridge of Antarctic Exploration Ship "Fuji"

by Kengo Shimizu, 4.9 km away

I took this panorama on an antarctic exploration ship "Fuji" moored for static display at Nagoya port...

Bridge of Antarctic Exploration Ship "Fuji"

D: Crew's Quarter of Antarctic Exploration Ship "Fuji"

by Kengo Shimizu, 4.9 km away

I took this panorama on an antarctic exploration ship "Fuji" moored for static display at Nagoya port...

Crew's Quarter of Antarctic Exploration Ship "Fuji"

F: Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

by iwamori naoto, 5.0 km away

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

G: Yaoya - Vegi Market at Oosu

by Blane Ebersold, 5.0 km away

Small alley at Oosu on Nagoya's Naka-ku.  The vegetable market is a classic old-style market with nic...

Yaoya - Vegi Market at Oosu

I: Banshoji temple - Banshoji

by Sakura Kasadera, 5.0 km away

The Banshoji temple was built by Oda Nobunaga's father in the Nagoya village in 1540. When the Nagoya...

Banshoji temple - Banshoji

J: Dome at Oosu

by Blane Ebersold, 5.1 km away

Oosu is a popular shopping area in Naka-ku, Nagoya. There are a variety of clothing, gift, and electr...

Dome at Oosu

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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