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A: Nakanoshima Park 2 / 中之島公園 2

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 260 meters away

Nakanoshima Park 2 / 中之島公園 2

B: Nakanoshima Park / 中之島公園

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 310 meters away

Nakanoshima Park / 中之島公園

D: Hachikenya 2 / 川の駅はちけんや

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 360 meters away

Hachikenya 2 / 川の駅はちけんや

E: Hachikenya 1 / 八軒家浜船着場

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 390 meters away

Hachikenya 1 / 八軒家浜船着場

F: Nakanoshima / 中之島公園 ばらぞの橋

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 430 meters away

Nakanoshima / 中之島公園 ばらぞの橋

G: Kema Sakuranomiya Park / 毛馬桜之宮公園

by Nobuaki Tanaka, 840 meters away

Kema Sakuranomiya Park / 毛馬桜之宮公園

H: Osaka Prefectural Government Building

by heiwa4126, 1.0 km away

Open ceiling space at Osaka prefectural government main building.

Osaka Prefectural Government Building

I: Osaka Castle

by Yasuhiro Muranaka, 1.2 km away

Osaka Castle

J: Ogimachi Kids' Park

by heiwa4126, 1.3 km away

Ogimachi Kids' Park

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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