Keiunkan-The Mansion where Emperor Meiji Took a Rest
This is a room where Emperor Meiji and his wife took a rest when they traveled to Kyoto.
The white chairs on the raised platform were for the Imperial couple.
Japanese plum-shaped lamps on the ceiling were ritzy at that time.
The gracious fusuma (traditional Japanese sliding doors) paintings and a great view of the Japanese garden from the windows are beyond description.
To our surprise, this mansion was built only for the Imperial couple by a successful businessman Matazo ASAMI putting his own money in 1887.
The Emperor, the Empress and their servants stayed here for about an hour.
After being used as a guest palace for a long time, the mansion was opened to public in 2004.
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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.)
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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.
Text by Steve Smith.