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A: Hida Takayama Nakabashi

by Hiroharu Shizuya, 70 meters away

It is a high mountain city that is called like Kyoto in Hida. The tourist from foreign countries is b...

Hida Takayama Nakabashi

B: Hida-Takayama old houses - Sanmachi Suji

by Thomas Humeau, 90 meters away

Hida-Takayama has preserved the feeling of a castle town, apparent by its history-filled streets. Wit...

Hida-Takayama old houses - Sanmachi Suji

C: Hida-Takayama - Huge Bell in the Sogenji temple

by Thomas Humeau, 630 meters away

Hida-Takayama has preserved the feeling of a castle town, apparent by its history-filled streets. Wit...

Hida-Takayama - Huge Bell in the Sogenji temple

D: Hida-Takayama old houses - Hiro Temple

by Thomas Humeau, 640 meters away

Hida-Takayama has preserved the feeling of a castle town, apparent by its history-filled streets. Wit...

Hida-Takayama old houses - Hiro Temple

E: Hida-Takayama - Unryu-ji temple

by Thomas Humeau, 690 meters away

Hida-Takayama has preserved the feeling of a castle town, apparent by its history-filled streets. Wit...

Hida-Takayama - Unryu-ji temple

F: Hida-Takayama - Shiroyama-jinja temple

by Thomas Humeau, 810 meters away

Hida-Takayama has preserved the feeling of a castle town, apparent by its history-filled streets. Wit...

Hida-Takayama - Shiroyama-jinja temple

G: Japan, Takayama, Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

by Thomas Blanket, 880 meters away

Japan, Takayama, Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

H: Japan, Takayama, Sakurayama Hachimangu Entrance

by Thomas Blanket, 910 meters away

Japan, Takayama, Sakurayama Hachimangu Entrance

I: Japan, Takayama, Sakurayama Hachimangu Temple

by Thomas Blanket, 920 meters away

Japan, Takayama, Sakurayama Hachimangu Temple

J: Japan, Takayama, Skansen Village

by Thomas Blanket, 2.3 km away

Japan, Takayama, Skansen Village

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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