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Sumatakyo, Autumn colour to watch from Hiryu-basi (Hiryu bridge)

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寸又峡の遊歩道、一番奥まったところに架かっている「飛龍橋」は、昔この山奥を走っていた木材運搬用の森林鉄道の名残だ。おそらくこの橋に至る遊歩道も森林鉄道の軌道跡なのだろう。

飛龍橋は谷の底から100mほどの高さがあるという。橋から谷底を覗き見すると、その谷の深さを実感できる。そしてその谷一杯に紅葉の風景が広がっている。此処からの眺めは、確かに「絶景」の名に値する。

橋から下流側を眺めると、先には日光が当たっている。橋を渡ってすぐのところにも日が当たっている。しばらくすれば谷底にも日の光が当たるのではないだろうかと思い、しばらく待つのだが、一向にその気配はない。

それは当然のことだった。この付近、川は東西に流れていた。だから太陽も南側の山の稜線を東から西に動いていたので、山の上に現れて谷底に陽の光を当てることはついぞなかったのである。陽が高く上る夏場ならばまた話は別なのだろう。しかし秋の紅葉シーズン、この場所に日の当たることはないようだ。

橋を渡って上流の方向にも道は伸びている。しかし、その先は登山者と林業関係者のみの道であり、この先から観光客は立ち入ることはできない。

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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.

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