Shinsaibashi, Osaka
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Shinsaibashi, Osaka

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A normal winter Sunday scene if you walk from Namba station to Shinsaibashi station. Here you can see the Apple Store, Nike, UFJ bank, and Citibank.

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A: Matsumotokiyoshi, Shinsaibashi street

by Min Heo, 120 meters away

Matsumotokiyoshi, Shinsaibashi street

C: in front of UNIQLO, Shinsaibashi street

by Min Heo, 140 meters away

in front of UNIQLO, Shinsaibashi street

D: Cinemart Shinsaibashi

by heiwa4126, 140 meters away

A movie house on Shinsaibashi, Osaka. In this time I saw "The Cabin in the Woods".

Cinemart Shinsaibashi

E: BIG STEP

by heiwa4126, 150 meters away

A commercial building at Amerikamura, Osaka.

BIG STEP

F: America-mura Triangle Park

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 200 meters away

America-mura Triangle Park

G: Shinsaibashi Bridge

by Kim Sang Wook, 320 meters away

Shinsaibashi Bridge

H: Shinsaibashi Bridge Night View

by Kim Sang Wook, 320 meters away

Shinsaibashi Bridge Night View

I: Namba, Osaka

by Thomas Humeau, 330 meters away

In front of the famous "Glico" board covering an entire building in the Namba area of Osaka, near the...

Namba, Osaka

J: The Glico Man

by heiwa4126, 330 meters away

As an icon of Osaka city, very famous giant sign at Dotonbori canal, Osaka. The "Grlico man" is a cha...

The Glico Man

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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