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Närliggande bilder i Japan

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A: umadashi-mon

av kiyoharu takamura, 120 meter bort

umadashi-mon

B: ochatsubo kuruwa

av kiyoharu takamura, 130 meter bort

ochatsubo kuruwa

C: hydrangea in outer citadel

av kiyoharu takamura, 190 meter bort

hydrangea in outer citadel

D: hydrangea fes

av kiyoharu takamura, 190 meter bort

hydrangea fes

E: tokiwagi-mon

av kiyoharu takamura, 230 meter bort

tokiwagi-mon

F: Odawara Castle

av Akiyoshi Odagawa, 300 meter bort

Odawara Castle

G: on the steps

av kiyoharu takamura, 340 meter bort

on the steps

H: Hotoku Ninomiya Jinja Shrine, Odawara

av Dave Kennard, 380 meter bort

Hōtoku Ninomiya Jinja in Odawara, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. The shrine is dedicated to Ninomiya Son...

Hotoku Ninomiya Jinja Shrine, Odawara

I: ido kuruwa

av kiyoharu takamura, 3.0 km bort

ido kuruwa

J: castle tower remains

av kiyoharu takamura, 3.2 km bort

Ishigaki-yama castle was built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi in 1590 (tensho 18 years) for to attack Hojo cla...

castle tower remains

Det här panoramat togs i Japan

Detta är en översikt av 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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