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A: kouyou-dai in spring

by kiyoharu takamura, less than 10 meters away

kouyou-dai in spring

B: Autumn road

by kiyoharu takamura, 110 meters away

Autumn road

C: saiko

by kiyoharu takamura, 2.2 km away

saiko

D: Shoujinguchi Trail

by Shinya Omachi, 3.9 km away

Shoujinguchi Trail to Mt. Fuji

Shoujinguchi Trail

E: Fuji Wind Cave

by Shinya Omachi, 4.4 km away

Fuji Wind Cave

F: Shoujinguchi Trail

by Shinya Omachi, 4.5 km away

Shoujinguchi Trail

G: Mount Fuji

by Thomas Humeau, 4.7 km away

Mount Fuji (富士山, Fuji-san) is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 m (12,388 ft).[1] Along with Mou...

Mount Fuji

H: Motosu Lava Cave 3

by Shinya Omachi, 4.8 km away

本栖氷穴へ進む道の手前からさらに右に分かれた先にあります。たどり着くまでに数カ所の赤テープの目印もありました。しかし、この辺りの道はだいぶあやふやになってくるので分からないときはスパッと諦めて戻りましょ...

Motosu Lava Cave 3

I: Oomuroyama Trail

by Shinya Omachi, 4.9 km away

Oomuroyama Trail

J: Motosu Lava Cave

by Shinya Omachi, 4.9 km away

Motosu Lava Cave

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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