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A: Kyoto katuragawa

by Yasushi Kishimoto, 110 meters away

Kyoto, Arashiyama that overflowed by a heavy rain by  large-scale typhoon #18 on September 16, 2013. ...

Kyoto katuragawa

B: 大亀山 宝厳院 天龍寺 Hogonin, Tenryuji-Temple, Kyoto.

by Kudo Kenji Photograph, 230 meters away

宝厳院 京都 嵯峨嵐山 臨済宗 大本山 天龍寺 塔頭

大亀山 宝厳院 天龍寺 Hogonin, Tenryuji-Temple, Kyoto.

C: Bamboo Groves of Arashiyama

by Haruka Suzuki, 370 meters away


Bamboo Groves of Arashiyama

D: TogetsuKyo Arashiyama Kyoto

by gilyong-kang, 520 meters away

TogetsuKyo Arashiyama Kyoto

E: TogetsuKyo in Kyoto JAPAN

by SEIMA, 550 meters away

TogetsuKyo in Kyoto JAPAN


by Yasushi Kishimoto, 580 meters away

G: TogetsuKyo - Bridge-kyoto

by gilyong-kang, 580 meters away

TogetsuKyo - Bridge-kyoto

H: Arashiyama Restaurant

by gilyong-kang, 660 meters away

Arashiyama Restaurant

I: TogetsuKyo in Kyoto JAPAN ②

by SEIMA, 660 meters away

TogetsuKyo in Kyoto JAPAN ②

J: Houkongoin temple and cherry blossom tree

by Taro Tsubomura, 4.1 km away

Hokongoin was originally founded in 9th century, but was re-built by Taikenmon-in who was a wife of E...

Houkongoin temple and cherry blossom tree

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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