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A: Toki no hiroba

by heiwa4126, 370 meters away

Toki no hiroba ("Clock square") in Osaka station.

Toki no hiroba

B: Toki no hiroba

by heiwa4126, 420 meters away

Toki no hiroba ("Clock square") in Osaka station.

Toki no hiroba

C: Osaka From The Umeda Sky Building At Sunset

by Andy Bryant, 460 meters away

The Umeda Sky Building offers a great 173m high viewpoint in Osaka, and great to photograph from the ...

Osaka From The Umeda Sky Building At Sunset

D: Night view of Umeda Sky Building

by Min Heo, 510 meters away

Night view of Umeda Sky Building

E: Umeda Sky Building空中庭園展望臺

by WeddingJoe, 540 meters away

Umeda Sky Building, Osaka, Japan 空中庭園展望臺

Umeda Sky Building空中庭園展望臺

F: Osaka Station and its surroundings

by Kanenori Miura, 650 meters away

This is a panoramic shot of Osaka JR station and its surroundings. This Newly develop area provides m...

Osaka Station and its surroundings

G: Hotel green plaza osaka chapel

by Hiroharu Shizuya, 650 meters away

From Osaka Station to economy hotel at 7 minutes on footThere is a Wedding Hall, too and is a wonderf...

Hotel green plaza osaka chapel

H: Osaka Marubiru

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 680 meters away

Osaka Marubiru

I: Umeda Mido-suji / 梅田 御堂筋

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 820 meters away

Umeda Mido-suji / 梅田 御堂筋

J: Nakatsu 1 / 中津二之橋

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 900 meters away

Nakatsu 1 / 中津二之橋

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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