This is "Okage Yokocho", a place right in history in Ise City in Mie prefecture Japan. Yokocho means "alleys" in Japanese.
Ise is the home of Ise Jingu (伊勢神宮）one of the most oldest and the most important Shinto Shrine in Japan.
This pano was taken at around 5AM. Every 1st of the months, the local shops opens really early in the morning. I believe they have been doing it for hundred of years. This part of the Okage Yokocho is most known of it`s entertainment hall and for "Maneki neko", Maneki Neko is a name of cat figure with its left or right arm raised up, usually as a symbol for attracting costumers or wealth. If you look carefully you can see the a big maneki neko statue in front of the shops.
Info: Canon 20D, Manual, Sigma 8mmm F4, home made pano head.
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.