Ochiaikami river ferry and Kizugawa river floodgate
It's Osaka city public ferry boat across Kizugawai river. There are eight lines in South-east Osaka (and these are all free). Official site is here (in Japanese, unfortunately).
It's Osaka city public ferry boat across Shirinashi river. There are eight lines in South-east Osaka ...
Blue arched gate against storm surges in the mouth of the Shirinashigawa river, Osaka.
Namba Yasaka Shrine (難波八阪神社 Namba Yasaka Jinja), in Osaka city, Japan. The shrine was once quite larg...
Shiomibashi Station having lost the function as the terminal depends on advancement and Koya railway ...
Tsutenkaku tower in Sinsekai, Osaka.
Tsūtenkaku (通天閣 Tsūtenkaku?), lit. "Tower Reaching Heaven", owned by Tsūtenkaku Kanko Co., Ltd. is a ...
Here is central place of Namba Parks which is shopping mall for people who likes new fashion. these b...
2008年12月に撮影した通天閣のパノラマです。 関東人なので大阪にはあまり縁がなく、この時初めて通天閣に上りました。 周囲の「新世界」の独特な雰囲気もあって、全体的に規模は小さいけれど面白い場所です。...
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.