Encyclopedia of Shinto
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Takama no hara
Also pronounced as Takamagahara. It refers to the vast realm in the high heaven. It is the residence of kami presided over by Amaterasu. It constitutes one plain of a tripartite vertical "view of the cosmos" (sekaikan) in Shinto. Takama no hara is the upper world (uwatsukuni) in contrast to the "nether world" (yomi, ne no shitatsukuni) and the "Central Land of Reed Plains" (Ashihara no nakatsukuni), which is the human world. Takama no hara can simply be called ame, or ama no hara. Its actual location has long been debated. Roughly divided, there are two views of Takama no hara: one considers it a utopia based on a religious belief; and the other sees it as historically representing an ancient capital of the realm.
— Fukui Yoshihiko