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Mt Hiei

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Le mont Hiei (比叡山, Hiei-zan?) est une montagne située au nord-est de la ville de Kyōto, aux frontières entre les préfectures de Kyōto et de Shiga, Japon.
Le mont est célèbre pour ses temples, Enryaku-ji, et le Mii-dera, premiers avant-postes du Bouddhisme Tendai. L'Enryaku-ji a été fondé au sommet du Mont Hiei par Saichō en 788. Le complexe de temples a été rasé par Nobunaga Oda en 1571 pour contrer la montée en puissance des moines guerriers (Sōhei) qui protégeaient les temples, mais a été reconstruit par la suite. Il reste aujourd'hui le principal temple du bouddhisme Tendai. Le Mii-dera, lui, se trouve au pied du mont, et a été fondé par l'empereur Temmu en 672.
Le mont a donné son nom à un croiseur japonais qui a été coulé pendant la bataille de Guadalcanal en 1942.

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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.

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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.

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