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貴船神社 奥宮 御船形石 "Funagata-ishi" Boat-shaped Stone,Kyoto

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There is a stone in the shape of a boat inside the precinct of Kifune Shrine, 

dedicated to the worship of the water' deity.

Sunlight seeps through the trees that cover thickly the shrine precincts, 
forming light spots over the ground. 
Kifune Shrine in Sakyo ward of Kyoto is dedicated to the worship of the deity of water. 
The origin of the shrine dates back to the time of the Emperor Kammu when his mother went by boat 
from Yodogawa river along Kamogawa river, upstream Kibunegawa river and established a shrine in that area. 
The ship was covered with stones to keep it hidden from sight.
Nowadays the so called 
'Funagata-ishi' (Boat-shaped Stone) stands still inside the inner shrine precincts. 
It consists of an armful of piled-up stones, encircled by a sacred straw rope 'shime-nawa'.
 It is said that the Boat-shaped Stone has a divine power to ensure marine safety, 
so it became a focus for various people prayers and beliefs.

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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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