History of Tokaikan
Tokaikan (東海館 ,Tōkaikan) was established by Yasutaro Inaba in 1928.With the opening of the Ito Line in 1938,the class of travelers changed from private hot springs guests to larger groups,so the interior of the building was redesigned and expanded.At that time,famousu master carpenters were commissioned and they divided the design of each floor.The top floor was built in 1949.It is said that at the time the panoramic view from the top floor was wonderful,and Mt.Amagi could be clearly seen as all of the surrounding building were low-lying.It suffered serious damage in the Kano River Typhoon,but underwent repairs and renovations,using modern techniques.The long history of Tokaikan as a Japanese inn came to an end in 1997,but it was reborn as sightseeing spot in 2001.
The three-story building was constructed by master Japanese craftsmen with high quality wood. Visitors can view the ryokan's former guest rooms with their intricate wood carvings. A few rooms exhibit historical artifacts and explain the building's history.
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.