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A: Tenshukaku of Osaka Castle

by Min Heo, 50 meters away

Osaka Castle is widely known as an emblem of the power and fortune of Hideyoshi Toyotomi. In 1583, Hi...

Tenshukaku of Osaka Castle

B: Osaka castle keep

by heiwa4126, 50 meters away

The Osaka castle keep at Osaka castle park in Osaka. Inside is a history museum.

Osaka castle keep

D: Top of Osaka castle keep

by heiwa4126, 100 meters away

View from observation deck at the top of the Osaka castle keep.

Top of Osaka castle keep

E: Osaka Castle

by Yasuhiro Muranaka, 120 meters away

Osaka Castle

F: Osaka Castle Park / 大阪城公園

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 130 meters away

Osaka Castle Park / 大阪城公園

G: Osaka Castle

by Yasuhiro Muranaka, 250 meters away

Osaka Castle

H: Osaka Prefectural Government Building

by heiwa4126, 540 meters away

Open ceiling space at Osaka prefectural government main building.

Osaka Prefectural Government Building

I: Osaka Museum of History

by Min Heo, 690 meters away

Two Courses have been laid out for touring the Museum. One is the "Highlight Course," which allows yo...

Osaka Museum of History

J: Naniwa Nagara-Toyosaki Palace

by heiwa4126, 710 meters away

Naniwa Nagara-Toyosaki Palace at Osaka, Japan.

Naniwa Nagara-Toyosaki Palace

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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