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鶴岡八幡宮 The Star Festival

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A: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

by Mervin Manangan, 40 meters away

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu is said to be the most important shrine in Kamakura, Japan. With it's huge are...

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

B: TANABATA5

by Masao Nagata, 40 meters away

鶴岡八幡宮The Star Festival

TANABATA5

C: Temizuya at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

by Mervin Manangan, 60 meters away

This is a Temizuya or a Chozuya in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine in Kamakura, Japan. Here worshippers ...

Temizuya at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

D: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine

by Akiyoshi Odagawa, 60 meters away

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine

E: Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu

by heiwa4126, 60 meters away

View from the stone steps of Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu.

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu

F: TANABATA3

by Masao Nagata, 160 meters away

旗上弁天杜 Cleanse us away

TANABATA3

G: TANABATA2

by Masao Nagata, 200 meters away

The Star Festival

TANABATA2

H: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine Torii

by Akiyoshi Odagawa, 210 meters away

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine  Torii

I: TANABATA(Star Festival)

by Masao Nagata, 230 meters away

The Star Festival

TANABATA(Star Festival)

J: Kamakura Komachi-Dohri

by Tsuyoshi Shimoyama, 620 meters away

Kamakura Komachi-Dohri

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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