Big Ginkgo at Iwadono-kannon
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Big Ginkgo at Iwadono-kannon

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Nearby images in Japan


A: Iwadono-kannon

by Katsunori Takamatsu, 20 meters away


B: Annular Eclipse May 21, 2012 in Saitama

by Taro Tsubomura, 2.5 km away

Annular eclipse on Monday 21th May, 2012 taken on the rest area along the Kan-etsu Highway. The Golde...

Annular Eclipse May 21, 2012 in Saitama

C: 20 min before the Annular Eclipse

by Taro Tsubomura, 2.5 km away

It was 7:11 AM, 20 min. before the annular eclipse in Japan.  At that time, about 30 % of the sun was...

20 min before the Annular Eclipse

D: Kitaasaba Cherry Blossom

by Katsunori Takamatsu, 2.9 km away

Kitaasaba Cherry Blossom

E: Kanetsu Highway

by Katsunori Takamatsu, 3.7 km away

Kanetsu Highway

F: Takasaka Bridge

by Katsunori Takamatsu, 3.9 km away

Takasaka Bridge

G: Shimada bridge

by heiwa4126, 4.4 km away

A low water crossing over Ara river, Saitama.

Shimada bridge

H: Juniperus chinensis in Ishigami Shrine

by Taro Tsubomura, 5.0 km away

The spiral-shaped tree (Juniperus chinensis) has been designated as a natural monument by Saitama pre...

Juniperus chinensis in Ishigami Shrine

I: Kawakado Kofun-Gun

by Katsunori Takamatsu, 5.1 km away

Kawakado Kofun-gun (Ohrui Moroyama Town, Iruma-gun, Saitama, Japan)- Here is the way of ancient Japan...

Kawakado Kofun-Gun

J: Kyudaiji Autumn

by Katsunori Takamatsu, 5.1 km away

Kyudaiji Autumn

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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