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MASAHIKO TOYAMA
NAGOYA CITY SCIENCE MUSEUM
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
Nagoya City Science Museum
Blane Ebersold
Nadya Park Design Center Building
Sakura Kasadera
Osukannon - A certain Sunday
gilyong-kang
Daxu Market
gilyong-kang
nagaoya daxuguanyin
wongchichuen
Nagoya Osu Kannon Temple(名古屋大須觀音寺), JP
Kim Sang Wook
Nagoya Downtown
wongchichuen
Nagoya Banshoji Dori(名古屋萬松寺商店街), JP
Blane Ebersold
Dome at Oosu
wongchichuen
Nagoya Banshoji Dori(名古屋萬松寺商店街1), JP
Sakura Kasadera
Banshoji temple - Banshoji
Comi Valentine
In side Water Cave of Phong Nha cave, Quang Binh (Động nước Phong Nha)
Rommel Bundalian
Rockies, Mt. Maculot
Evgeniy Veldyaev
Rocky Shore. Irtyash Lake 2 — Скалистый берег. Озеро Иртяш 2
Burkhard Koerner
abandoned military base (2)
Tibor Illes
Bathory-Express - veteran Polish bus
Comi Valentine
The exit of the water cave in Phong Nha cave, Quang Binh (Động nước Phong Nha)
Rommel Bundalian
White Island
Alex Dennis Bolado
Ferris Wheel at Hawally Park
Comi Valentine
Inside Tien Son cave in Phong Nha cave, Quang Binh (Động Tiên Sơn, Phong Nha)
Alex Dennis Bolado
Dhow in Souk Sharq
Rommel Bundalian
Anawangin Cove, Zambales, Philippines
Luc Perrot
The Milky way above the Piton de la Fournaise
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
Imperial Hotel MEIJI MURA
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
Nagoya City Art Museum
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
Toyikawa Inari
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
NAGOYA CITY SCIENCE MUSEUM
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
Nagoya City Archives
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
ORCHID GARDENS
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
Hydrangea Meiji Mura Japan
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
MARBLE HOUSE
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
Toyokawa Inari kitsune
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
Stained glass in the Nagoya City Archives
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
Imperial Hote Meiji Mura
MASAHIKO TOYAMA
Nagoya City Science Museum
More About 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.