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A: Nagasaki - Near Megane Bashi (Spectacles Bridge)

by Thomas Humeau, 35.8 km away

Meganebashi (眼鏡橋) or Spectacles Bridge, over the Nakashima River (中島川) was built in Nagasaki in 1634 ...

Nagasaki - Near Megane Bashi (Spectacles Bridge)

B: Nagasaki - Megane Bashi (Spectacles Bridge)

by Thomas Humeau, 36.0 km away

Meganebashi (眼鏡橋) or Spectacles Bridge, over the Nakashima River (中島川) was built in Nagasaki in 1634 ...

Nagasaki - Megane Bashi (Spectacles Bridge)

C: Nagasaki China Town

by Thomas Humeau, 36.4 km away

The town was home for many Chinese sailors and traders who trade goods with the Japanese from the 15t...

Nagasaki China Town

D: Nagasaki Glover Garden

by Thomas Humeau, 37.1 km away

Glover Garden (グラバー園 Gurabāen) is a park in Nagasaki, Japan built for Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish...

Nagasaki Glover Garden

E: Nagasaki Glover Garden

by Thomas Humeau, 37.1 km away

Glover Garden (グラバー園 Gurabāen) is a park in Nagasaki, Japan built for Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish...

Nagasaki Glover Garden

F: Nagasaki Glover Garden

by Thomas Humeau, 37.1 km away

Glover Garden (グラバー園 Gurabāen) is a park in Nagasaki, Japan built for Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish...

Nagasaki Glover Garden

G: Nagasaki Glover Garden

by Thomas Humeau, 37.1 km away

Glover Garden (グラバー園 Gurabāen) is a park in Nagasaki, Japan built for Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish...

Nagasaki Glover Garden

H: Nagasaki Peace Park

by Thomas Humeau, 37.7 km away

Established in 1955, and near to the hypocentre of the explosion, remnants of a concrete wall of Urak...

Nagasaki Peace Park

I: Wakukakuza Kumamoto Castle

by Fujikawa Toshikazu, 41.6 km away

Wkuwakuza WakukakuzaKumamoto Castle Kumamoto Japan(history and culture experience center)http://www.s...

Wakukakuza Kumamoto Castle

J: Kumamoto Castle Japan

by Fujikawa Toshikazu, 41.6 km away

Kumamoto CastleKumamoto Castle Kumamoto Japan nextimage@live.jphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumamoto...

Kumamoto Castle Japan

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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