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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Japan

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A: Isejingu1

di Yasuhiro Muranaka, meno di 10 metri di distanza

Isejingu1

B: Isejingu3

di Yasuhiro Muranaka, meno di 10 metri di distanza

Isejingu3

C:

di iwamori naoto, 60 metri di distanza

D: Ise Shrine Steps

di Blane Ebersold, 80 metri di distanza

Ise Shrine is one of Japan's most famous shrines. It's located in the Ise Peninsula in Mie Prefecture...

Ise Shrine Steps

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di iwamori naoto, 100 metri di distanza

F: Kazahinomi

di Yasuhiro Muranaka, 260 metri di distanza

Kazahinomi

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di iwamori naoto, 260 metri di distanza

H:

di iwamori naoto, 260 metri di distanza

I: Footbridge at Ise Grand Shrine, Japan

di Blane Ebersold, 260 metri di distanza

Ise Shrine is one of Japan's most famous shrines. It's located in the Ise Peninsula in Mie Prefecture...

Footbridge at Ise Grand Shrine, Japan

J: Isuzugawa

di Yasuhiro Muranaka, 370 metri di distanza

Isuzugawa

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Japan

Questa è una vista generale di 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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