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Mt.Jodo-ji Lookout / 浄土寺山展望台
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Jodoji Temple / 浄土寺
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御袖天満宮の石段 上
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The flight of stone steps in Misode Tenmangu Shrine(bottom)
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Kubo ferry pier / 旧しまなみフェリー(岸本渡船)久保桟橋
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Oba-Q / オバケのQ太郎
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Senkō-ji (Onomichi) main-building
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Mt. Senkoji Ropeway / 千光寺山ロープウエイ 山頂駅
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Pon pon rock in Onomichi
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Senkouji Park viewing platform
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Onomichi Station / 尾道駅前
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Onomichi Gaudi House / 尾道ガウディハウス
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Sangenya apartment / 三軒家アパートメント
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Upper and Lower Lake Grimsel
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Street Market, Campbell Lane, Little India, Singapore
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Seafood at the Mercado Olivar in Palma de Mallorca
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F Fotovest 25 09 2010
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Melque Santa María
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Vezirov Most (bridge) - Podgorica
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Walking Street Temple Church Of Ningbo
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Szczawnik cerkiew św. Demetriusza
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Trift Glacier and Bridge
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Vespa, Yamaha and the Sultan Mosque Singapore
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Passeo Maritimo harbour seen from Castel de Bellver in Palma de Mallorca
Thang Bui
Quan Thanh Temple 2
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Osaka Castle Park / 大阪城公園
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Mt. Senkoji Ropeway / 千光寺山ロープウエイ 山頂駅
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Kema Sakuranomiya Park / 毛馬桜之宮公園
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Susukino Streetcar Stop/ 札幌市電 すすきの停留場
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Umeda Mido-suji / 梅田 御堂筋
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KOBE PORTTOWER / 神戸ポートタワー
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Hachikenya 1 / 八軒家浜船着場
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Kannabe Honjin / 神辺本陣
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Nakanoshima Park / 中之島公園
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Awaza JCT / 阿波座ジャンクション 南西
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Konohana Bridge / 此花大橋
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Kannabe Honjin 2 / 神辺本陣 2
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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.)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.