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A: 茶臼山高原 Mt.CHAUSU

by Haruhiko Nakayama, 830 meters away

茶臼山高原 Mt.CHAUSU

B: 面の木原生林の紅葉

by Haruhiko Nakayama, 7.6 km away

面の木原生林の紅葉

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by Haruhiko Nakayama, 7.6 km away

D: Sunflower in Hiraya village

by Taro Tsubomura, 12.3 km away

Hiraya village is located at the south end of the Nagano prefecture and has the smallest population (...

Sunflower in Hiraya village

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by Haruhiko Nakayama, 13.4 km away

F: 大井平公園・巨樹の森 Woods of the Giant tree in Oi-daira Park

by Haruhiko Nakayama, 13.5 km away

The woods of the giant tree of a Japan cedar or a cypress are in the inner part of woods which carry ...

大井平公園・巨樹の森 Woods of the Giant tree in Oi-daira Park

G: 巨樹の森とシャクナゲ Woods of the Giant tree & Alpine roses

by Haruhiko Nakayama, 13.5 km away

大井平公園の紅葉の樹林に接した奥側の斜面にスギ、ヒノキの大木の森があります。これらの木は江戸時代後期、天保年間(1830〜1843)に植林されたものだそうです。そしてその根元にはシャクナゲの群生があり初...

巨樹の森とシャクナゲ Woods of the Giant tree & Alpine roses

H: 大井平公園の紅葉 Colorful Autumnal leaves in Oi-daira Park

by Haruhiko Nakayama, 13.5 km away

 This Oi-daira park is located about 40km northeast of Toyota. About 500 maple, Japanese alphabet map...

大井平公園の紅葉 Colorful Autumnal leaves in Oi-daira Park

I: 「しだれ桃の里」Shidare-Peach flower

by Haruhiko Nakayama, 14.3 km away

「しだれ桃の里」Shidare-Peach flower

J: 高嶺山 Mt Takane

by Haruhiko Nakayama, 14.8 km away

高嶺山 Mt Takane

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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