This is a panorama taken beside Kannonji River, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo, Japan.
The town was named after a large temple, Kannonji (Kannon Temple).
A typical scenery of Japanese countryside.
This is a panorama taken at Tendaki.Ten of Tendaki means heaven, daki means waterfall.The height of t...
I took this panorama at Seiryudo, a national natural monument of Japan in Hyogo prefecture.When lava ...
I took this panorama at Genbudo, a national natural monument of Japan in Hyogo prefecture.When lava f...
This panorama was taken at the ruin of the main tower of Takeda Castle in Japan.It is said that Taked...
This panorama was taken near the the ruin of the main tower of Takeda Castle in Japan.It is said that...
The former site of the Taketa castle made in 1440 is located at the summit of the mountain with a we...
This is the view of the summit of Mt.Hyonosen (altitude 1509.6m, 4955 ft.) located on the border betw...
The cast iron bridge made in 1885 in order to carry an ore from the Akinobu mine.
The sifting place was located on the slope until it dissolved at this place in 2004. The sifting pla...
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.