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Circuit Style Japanese Garden at Kuranosuke Oishi's Mansion

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This is a circuit style Japanese garden of Kuranosuke OISHI's mansion built in Edo period.

Kuranosuke OISHI was a leader of the strike force organized to avenge their lord's death.

In 1701, Oishi's lord Asano was humiliated by Kira in Edo Castle. Asano drew his katana sword in anger and hurt Kira.

Shogun ordered Asano to commit hara-kiri because murder attempt in Shogun's castle (Edo Castle) was a serious crime. Although, Kira was not punished.

One of Asano's men Oishi and other 46 samurais decided to revenge for their lord.
In 1702, they charged at Kira's mansion and killed him.

Many people thought the revenge was a virtue according to Bushido spirit.

Naturally, 46 of 47 samurais were ordered by the goverment to commit hara-kiri because murder was a felony even in those days. The only surviver was a messenger who told the news that the revenge was successful to the people in their hometown.

Japanese people think 47 samurais are the symbol of loyalties.

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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.

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At present, Japan is the financial capital of Asia. It has the second largest economy in the world and the largest metropolitan area (Tokyo.)

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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.

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