Heian-Jingu in Kyoto JAPAN
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Heian-Jingu in Kyoto JAPAN

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A: Heian Jingu Shrine, Kyoto

by Dave Kennard, 380 meters away

Panorama taken inside Heian Shrine (平安神宮; Heian-jingū) in the Sakyo-ku ward of Kyoto, Japan. Heian Sh...

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B: Graveyard at Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

by Dave Kennard, 670 meters away

The northern end of the top graveyard at Chion-in (知恩院) temple, in Kyoto, Japan. The temple is built ...

Graveyard at Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

C: Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

by Dave Kennard, 770 meters away

The area in front of Seishi Hall at Chion-in (知恩院) temple, in Kyoto, Japan. The temple is built on Hi...

Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

D: Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

by Dave Kennard, 820 meters away

Chion-in (知恩院) temple, in Kyoto, Japan. Chion-in is the headquarters of the Jōdo-shū (Pure Land Sect)...

Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

E: Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

by Dave Kennard, 830 meters away

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F: Japan, Kyoto, Chion In Temple, Sanmon Gate

by Thomas Blanket, 830 meters away

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G: Japan, Kyoto, Chion In Temple, Garden

by Thomas Blanket, 840 meters away

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H: 円山公園 Maruyama park,Kyoto

by Kudo Kenji Photograph, 960 meters away

円山公園  Maruyama park,Kyoto

I: Japan, Kyoto, Nanzenji Temple, Sanmon Gate

by Thomas Blanket, 960 meters away

Japan, Kyoto, Nanzenji Temple, Sanmon Gate

J: Pond in Maruyama Park, Kyoto

by Dave Kennard, 970 meters away

The pond at Maruyama Park, in Kyoto, Japan. Maruyama Park (円山公園; Maruyama kōen) is famous for its che...

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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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