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Copyright: Kiyoharu Takamura
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shousenkyou
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panorama dai
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yakumo shrine
Taro Tsubomura
Summit of Mt. Mizugamori (1553 m)
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main area at the bottom wall of the rock
H.Sakoda
mt.mizugaki
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kuromori
Taro Tsubomura
Grape Hill park in Yamanashi
高村 清治
'annabelle' hydrangea
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nishimatasawa
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boulder in the forest
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camp at night
Giuliano Bernardi
Lago Gelato
Peter Pajor
Angkor31 Panorama
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City God Temple Cai Shenmiao Xiandian
Vincent Bosson
Tour de l'Observatoire Basilique de Fourvière, Lyon
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Pingyao Ancient City - circumpolar door - south tower
Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com
Venice - Palazzo Ducale
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Linfenshi Huamen-1
Marijan Marijanovic
View from Stari Bar (Old Bar) Fortress
YUE LUN
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Volker Uhl
Maintower
Vincent Bosson
Petite Suisse
YUE LUN
Nanao059
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minami no sakura-3
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八ヶ岳地蔵尊
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stone steps-3
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san-mon
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main area at the bottom wall of the rock
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Jinba no taki
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ko-fuji trail
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saiko
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Cape Kadowaki
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Shimoda park part.5
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crater edge of Mt.Fuji in twilight
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komuroyama observatory
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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.