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Takachiho: The Floating Bridge Of Heaven

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The iconic image photographed at the scenic Takachiho Gorge is a sheet of white water plunging from the top of a cliff into the deep green river below. In Miyazaki Prefecture people find it natural enough to call their region the 'land of legend'. In the Takachiho district in the mountains of Miyazaki, far away from the Nara plain, there are some intriguing place names that must have either inspired or been inspired by key episodes in the 'Age of the Gods'. Takachiho's situation at a crossroads in the centre of Kyushu made it something of a cultural confluence zone. The archaeological record at late Yayoi sites in the area suggests there was some interaction between communities on either side of the mountain backbone running north-south through the island. The creative identification of composite figures from ancient texts offers the prospect of finding answers to the riddles of ancient Japan.

Keywords: Miyazaki Prefecture; Nara plain; Takachiho Gorge; Yayoi sites



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