Toka-machi (The 10th day fair)
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Toka-machi (The 10th day fair)

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Food stalls line up on the shrine approach 400 yards long.

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A: Hikawa shrine - Ni no Torii

by heiwa4126, 140 meters away

Ni no Torii (the second gate) of the Omiya Hikawa shrine. This approach road is 1km long.

Hikawa shrine - Ni no Torii

B: Hikawa shrine - The ten day fest. (Tohka-machi)

by heiwa4126, 380 meters away

The lucky rakes fest. in the early morning (too early).

Hikawa shrine -  The ten day fest. (Tohka-machi)

C: Hikawa shrine - Shinkyo

by heiwa4126, 390 meters away

Shinkyo (the gods bridge) of the Omiya Hikawa shrine.

Hikawa shrine - Shinkyo

D: Hikawa shrine - Roumon

by heiwa4126, 420 meters away

Roumon (the tower gate) of the Omiya Hikawa shrine.

Hikawa shrine - Roumon

E: Hikawa shrine

by heiwa4126, 460 meters away

The Omiya Hikawa shrine.

Hikawa shrine

F: Train cars display

by heiwa4126, 770 meters away

At the Omiya railyard (JR East Omiya General Rolling Stock Center) open day.

Train cars display

G: Steam locomotive in factory

by heiwa4126, 810 meters away

At the Omiya railyard (JR East Omiya General Rolling Stock Center) open day.

Steam locomotive in factory

H: Omiya Freight Railway Factory

by heiwa4126, 830 meters away

At the Omiya railyard (JR East Omiya General Rolling Stock Center) open day.

Omiya Freight Railway Factory

I: Omiya railyard garden

by heiwa4126, 840 meters away

At the Omiya railyard (JR East Omiya General Rolling Stock Center) open day.

Omiya railyard garden

J: Omiya Freight Railway Factory

by heiwa4126, 860 meters away

At the Omiya railyard (JR East Omiya General Rolling Stock Center) open day.

Omiya Freight Railway Factory

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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