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Panorama's in de omgeving van Japan

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A: Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara

door Dave Kennard, 40 hier vandaan

Panorama of Kofuku-ji temple in Nara, Japan. It is one of the eight Historic Monuments of Ancient Nar...

Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara

B: 興福寺 五重の塔

door iwamori naoto, 50 hier vandaan

興福寺 五重の塔

C: 奈良県立美術館

door iwamori naoto, 370 hier vandaan

奈良県立美術館

D: Deer feeding in Nara Park, Japanese National Treasure

door H. Adi Saputra, 460 hier vandaan

Feeding deers in Nara. Nara is an ancient Japanese capital. These deers live in the national park in ...

Deer feeding in Nara Park, Japanese National Treasure

E: Sanjo-dori street outside Jokyoji Temple, Nara

door Dave Kennard, 600 hier vandaan

Panorama on Sanjo-dori street in Nara, Japan. Nearby is a building used as offices for Nippon Telegra...

Sanjo-dori street outside Jokyoji Temple, Nara

F: Ukimidō in Nara Park

door bibouroku tabito, 670 hier vandaan

Ukimidō in Nara Park

G: UKIMIDŌ in Nara Park

door bibouroku tabito, 690 hier vandaan

UKIMIDŌ in Nara Park

H: A crowd of deer fawn in the precincts of Todai-ji Temple

door bibouroku tabito, 790 hier vandaan

A crowd of deer fawn in the precincts of Todai-ji Temple

I: Japan, Nara, Todaiji Temple, Sanmon Gate

door Thomas Blanket, 840 hier vandaan

Japan, Nara, Todaiji Temple, Sanmon Gate

J: Daibutu-den(Great Buddha Hall)of Todai-ji Temple,Nara

door bibouroku tabito, 980 hier vandaan

Daibutu-den(Great Buddha Hall)of Todai-ji Temple,Nara

Dit panorama is genomen in Japan

Dit is een overzicht van 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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