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A: Nihonmaru Memorial Park

by Akiyoshi Odagawa, 30 meters away

Nihonmaru Memorial Park

B: Sail Training Ship NIPPON MARU

by Akiyoshi Odagawa, 50 meters away

Sail Training Ship NIPPON MARU

C: Yokohama Minatomirai

by Hiroharu Shizuya, 50 meters away

The streets facing the sea in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. There is also an amusement park and...

Yokohama Minatomirai

D: Night view of Yokohama Minatomirai

by Hiroharu Shizuya, 50 meters away

It is a night view from the place where Landmark Tower, a Nihon-maru, and the Cosmo world are seen we...

Night view of Yokohama Minatomirai

E: Nippon Maru Memorial Park

by Akiyoshi Odagawa, 60 meters away

Nippon Maru Memorial Park

F: Nihon-maru Memorial park

by Hiroharu Shizuya, 60 meters away

A Nihon-Maru (ship) and Landmark Tower are in good view here.

Nihon-maru Memorial park

G: Nippon Maru Memorial Park flea market

by heiwa4126, 110 meters away

Nippon Maru Memorial Park flea market

H: Nipponmaru Memorial Park

by Akiyoshi Odagawa, 110 meters away

Nipponmaru Memorial Park

I: Sail Training Ship Nippon Maru

by Akiyoshi Odagawa, 110 meters away

Sail Training Ship Nippon Maru

J: Nippon Maru - Yokohama

by Mervin Manangan, 120 meters away

This is the Nippon Maru (or Nihon Maru) -- the “Swan on the Pacific Ocean", shot during night time. O...

Nippon Maru - Yokohama

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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