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Ōtanehime

Ōtanehime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation:- Family: Emperor Keikō (husband) Hiuga no Sotsuhiko (son) Birth: – Death: – Ōtanehime Ōtanehime (大田根媛) was one of several wives of Emperor Keiko and together they had a son by the name of Hiuga no Sotsuhiko. She is said to have come from Kaminaga in Hiuga.1 Footnotes[...]

Ihakiwake

Ihakiwake

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: Midzuha no Iratsume (younger sister) Birth: – Death: – Ihakiwake Ihakiwake (石城別王) was said to have been of the Miho House and the older brother to Midzuha no Iratsume.1 Footnotes 1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times[...]

Abe no Kogoto

Abe no Kogoto

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: Takadahime (daughter) Birth: – Death: – Abe no Kogoto Abe no Kogoto (阿部氏阿部木事) was the father of Takadahime, who became one of the many concubines of Emperor Keikō.1 Footnotes 1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”.[...]

Midzuha no Iratsume

Midzuha no Iratsume

Period: Legendary Period Occupation:- Family: Emperor Keikō (husband) Ihonohime (daughter) Ihakiwake (older brother) Birth: – Death: – Midzuha no Iratsume Midzuha no Iratsume (水歯郎媛) was one of several wives of Emperor Keikō and together they had a daughter by the name of Ihonohime. She is said to have been the younger[...]

Takadahime

Takadahime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: Abe no Kogoto (father) Emperor Keikō (husband) Takekunikoriwake (son) Birth: – Death: – Takadahime (高田媛) was one of several wives of Emperor Keikō and together they had a son by the name of Takekuni Koriwake. She is said to have been the daughter of Kogoto[...]

Takekunikoriwake

Takekunikoriwake

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Keikō (father) Takadahime (mother) Birth: – Death: – Takekunikoriwake Takekunikoriwake (武国凝別皇子) was the son of Emperor Keikō and Takadahime. He is stated to have been the ancestor of the Wake of Mimura in Iyo.1 Footnotes 1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles[...]

Hiuga no Sotsuhiko

Hiuga no Sotsuhiko

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Keikō (father)  Ōtanehime (mother) Birth: – Death: – Hiuga no Sotsuhiko Hiuga no Sotsuhiko (日向襲津彦皇子) was the son of Emperor Keikō and  Ōtanehime. He is said to have been the ancestor of the Kimi of Amu in Nagato.1 Footnotes 1. Aston. W.G. (1896)[...]

Kamikushi

Kamikushi

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Keikō (father) Ikahahime (mother) Inasenoirihiko (brother) Birth: – Death: – Kamikushi Kamikushi (神櫛皇子) was the son of Emperor Keikō and Ikahahime. He is stated to have been the ancestor of the Miyyako of Sanuki.1 Footnotes 1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles[...]

Inasenoirihiko

Inasenoirihiko

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Keikō (father) Ikahahime (mother) Kamikushi (brother) Birth: – Death: – Inasenoirihiko Inasenoirihiko (稲背入彦皇子) was the son of Emperor Keikō and Ikahahime. He is said to have been the ancestor of the Harima no Wake.1 Footnotes 1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles[...]

Kunichiwake

Kunichiwake

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Keikō (father) Sotakebime (mother) Toyotowake (sister) Kunisewake (brother) Birth: – Death: – Kunichiwake Kunichiwake (国乳別皇子) was the son of Emperor Keikō and Sotakebime. He is said to have been the ancestor of the Wake of Minuma.1 Footnotes 1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1:[...]

Toyotowake

Toyotowake

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess Family: Emperor Keikō (father) Sotakebime (mother) Kunichiwake (brother) Kunisewake (brother) Birth: – Death: – Toyotowake Toyotowake (豊戸別皇子) was the daughter of Emperor Keikō and Sotakebime. She is stated to have been the ancestress of the Wake of Hi Province (now Hizen and Higo in Kyushu).1[...]

Mata no wo

Mata no wo

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: Amenohihoko (husband) Tajima Mori (son) Kiyohiko (great-grandson) Birth: – Death: – Mata no wo Mata no wo is stated in the nihongi to have been the wife of Amenohihoko and together they had a son by the name of Tajima Mori. The nihongi also states[...]

The Stone of the Five Colours and the Empress Jokwa

The Stone of the Five Colours and the Empress Jokwa

The Stone of the Five Colours and the Empress Jokwa The Stone of the Five Colours and the Empress Jokwa is one of Japanese many folktales. Synopsis Empress Jokwa suceeds her brother Emperor Fuki, and stories about her said she once fixed the broken sky and the pillars which hold up[...]

Chosei Furo

Chosei Furo

Chosei Furo Chosei Furo. We are a wiki as well as a Blog and podcast site which is constantly and steadily growing. Bringing to you all aspects of Japanese history. It is going to be a project which will expand continuously over the coming years. And we hope you stick[...]

Longevity

Longevity

Longevity Longevity (Chosei Furo – 長生不老) is one of many Japanese folktales, this one centered around a man known as Sentarō. Synopsis This tale has also been given the name of The Man who did not wish to die and goes as follow. There was a man called Sentarō and[...]

Kobutori Jiisan

Kobutori Jiisan

Kobutori Jiisan Kobutori Jiisan. We are a wiki as well as a Blog and podcast site which is constantly and steadily growing. Bringing to you all aspects of Japanese history. It is going to be a project which will expand continuously over the coming years. And we hope you stick[...]

How an Old Man Lost is Wen

How an Old Man Lost is Wen

How an Old Man Lost his Wen How an Old Man Lost his Wen, known in Japanese as Kobutori Jiisan (こぶ取り爺) is one of many Japanese folktales. Synopsis There was an old man who had a lump (wen) growing out of his cheek and after seeking out many doctors and medicine none[...]

Rashōmon no oni

Rashōmon no oni

Rashōmon no oni Rashōmon no oni (羅城門の鬼 or 羅生門の鬼) was an oni said to have dwelt in the Rashōmon Gate of Heian-kyō. He is said to have been taller than the Gate, with hairy arms, eyes that flash like mirrors and flames which shot out of its mouth. The only salvation for[...]

The Monkey and the Crab

The Monkey and the Crab

The Monkey and the Crab The Monkey and the Crab (さるかに合戦 saru kani gassen) is one of many Japanese folktales. Synopsis One day a monkey and a crab were playing on the beach. The crab found a rice-dumpling and the monkey a persimmon-seed. The monkey did not want the seed, but[...]

The Clever Boar and Monkey

The Clever Boar and Monkey

The Clever Boar and Monkey The Clever Boar and Monkey (賢い猿と猪) is one of Japan’s many folktales. Synopsis In the province in Shinshin there was a man who travelled around making a living by taking a monkey and around and making it do tricks. One day he returns home angry, saying[...]

The Oni of Adachigahara

The Oni of Adachigahara

The Oni of Adachigahara The Oni of Adachigahara is one of many Japanese folktales, this one centering around an evil oni. Synopsis In Mutsu there was said to be oni who took the form of an old woman. People would go missing in the area and it was thought she was[...]

Matsuyama kagami

Matsuyama kagami

Matsuyama kagami Matsuyama kagami. We are a wiki as well as a Blog and podcast site which is constantly and steadily growing. Bringing to you all aspects of Japanese history. It is going to be a project which will expand continuously over the coming years. And we hope you stick[...]

The Mirror of Matsuyama

The Mirror of Matsuyama

The Mirror of Matsuyama The Mirror of Matsuyama, known in Japanese as Matsuyama kagami (松山鏡) is one of Japan’s many folktales. Synopsis In the province of Echigo lived a man and a wife who had one daughter aged seven. One day the man finds himself summoned to the capital in Kyoto,[...]

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, in Japanese known as the Taketori Monogatari (竹取物語) is one of the famous folktales from Japan. Synopsis There was an old man and woman who had no child. He would go every day and cut bamboo and made[...]

Chūjō-hime

Chūjō-hime

Chūjō-hime Chūjō-hime (中将姫), also known as Princess Hase, is said to have been the daughter of Fujiwara no Toyonari and a ‘Princess Murasaki.’ A folktale has sprung up around her life. Synopsis In Nara lived Fujiwara no Toyonari married to Princess Murasaki. They had no child, which caused them sadness[...]

Kintarō

Kintarō

Kintarō Kintarō (金太郎) is a Japanese folktale centered around the life of a boy with the same name as the story. There are several versions of this tale and as we come across more of them we will add them to the website. Synopsis There was a man called Kintoki who[...]

Hanasaka Jiji

Hanasaka Jiji

Hanasaka Jiji Hanasaka Jiji (花咲か爺) also called Hanasaka Jiisan (花咲か爺さん) is a folktale of Japan centred around a man who can make trees bloom. It has been translated into english as ‘The Story of the Old Man who made Withered Trees to Flower.’ There are many verisons of the tale (and[...]

Wakanuke

Wakanuke

Period: Legendary Period Occupation/Rank: miko Family: Emperor Seimu (father) Ohotakara no Iratsume (mother) Birth: – Death: – Wakanuke Wakanuke (和訶奴気王) was the son of Emperor Seimu and Ohotakara no Iratsume.123 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press. 2.[...]

Takeoshiyamatarine

Takeoshiyamatarine

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Family: Ohotakara no Iratsume (daughter) Birth: – Death: – Takeoshiyamatarine Takeoshiyamatarine (建忍山垂根) was the father of Ohotakara no Iratsume123 He is said to have been the ancestor of the Hodzumi no Omi.12 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”.[...]

Ohotakara no Iratsume

Ohotakara no Iratsume

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Wife Family: Emperor Seimu (husband) Yasakanoiribiko (father) Wakanuke (son) Takeoshiyamatarine (father) Birth: – Death: – Ohotakara no Iratsume Ohotakara no Iratsume (弟財郎女) was said to have been the daughter of Takeoshiyamatarine. She married the Emperor Seimu and together they had a son called Wakanuke.123 She was[...]

Yasakairihime

Yasakairihime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Wife Family: Emperor Keikō (husband) Emperor Seimu (son) Yasakanoiribiko (father) Birth: – Death: – Yasakairihime Yasakairihime (八坂入媛命) was the daughter of Yasakanoiribiko and wife of Emperor Keikō. Together they had Emperor Seimu.123 She was given the title of Kodaigō in the 2nd year, Winter, 11th month, 10th[...]

Divine Treasures

Divine Treasures

See also: Sacred Regalia Divine Treasures Divine Treasures appear to be some form of previous items gifted to Japan or brought to Japan by kami in the distant past. Reign of Sujin Under the rule of this Emperor there is made mention of Sacred Treasures which had been brought to[...]

Tajima Mori

Tajima Mori

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: – Birth: – Death: – Tajima Mori Tajima Mori (田道間守) is a man seen during the reign of Emperor Suinin, and is said to be the ancestor of the Miyake no muraji.12 He is stated in the nihongi as being the son of Amenohihoko[...]

Kiyohiko

Kiyohiko

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: Prince Amanohihoko (great-grandfather) Birth: – Death: – Kiyohiko Kiyohiko was a man from the time of Emperor Suinin, said to have been the great-grandson of Prince Amanohihoko. Late in his reign the Emperor sends for the Divine Treasures brought at the start of his[...]

Ōhatanushi

Ōhatanushi

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: ōkannushi Family: – Birth: – Death: – Ōhatanushi Ōhatanushi is seen mentioned within the Jinnō Shōtōki where it states he was made the first Head Priest (ōkannushi) of the Ise Grand Shrine.1 Footnotes 1. Varley, H.P (1980) “A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns: Jinnō Shōtōki of[...]

Sarudabiko

Sarudabiko

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: – Family: Otanomikoto (descendant) Sarudabiko Sarudabiko (猿田毘古大神 / 猿田彦大神) is a Japanese kami said to be the ancestor of Otanomikoto.1 Footnotes 1. Varley, H.P (1980) “A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns: Jinnō Shōtōki of Kitabatake Chikafusa.” New York: Columbia University Press.[...]

Otanomikoto

Otanomikoto

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: Sarudabiko (ancestor) Birth: – Death: – Otanomikoto Otanomikoto also known as Okitama was a man mentioned within the Jinnō Shōtōki. He is said to have been a descendant of Sarudabiko and met with Yamatohime. During the establishment of the area to be used for the[...]

Yamatohime

Yamatohime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess / Established the Ise Shrine Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Hibasuhime (mother) Emperor Keikō (brother) Inishikinoiribiko (brother) Ohonakatsuhiko (brother) Wakakiiribiko (brother) Birth: – Death: – Yamatohime Yamatohime (倭比売命 / 倭姫命) was the daughter of Emperor Suinin and Hibasuhime and is creditted with the establishment of the Ise Grand Shrine.1[...]

Inaba Province

Inaba Province

See also: Provinces Inaba Province Inaba Province (因幡国) is one of the many Provinces which once existed in Japan. Legendary Period Yamanobe no Ohotaka passed through here on his way to catch a swan for the Prince Homutsuwake.1 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account[...]

Tajima Province

Tajima Province

See also: Provinces Tajima Province Tajima Province (但馬国) is one of the many Provinces which once existed in Japan. Legendary Period During the 3rd year in the reign of Emperor Suinin, Prince Amanohihoko arrives with a gift of three gems (Habuto, Ashidaka and Ukaka) as well as an Idzushi short[...]

Tochine

Tochine

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Five Daibu / Ōmuraji Family: – Birth: – Death: – Tochine Tochine is a mentioned during the reign of Emperor Suinin and is stated as a member of the Mononobe Clan with the rank of Ōmuraji. He is said to have been one of the Five[...]

Ohokashima

Ohokashima

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Five Daibu / saishu Family: – Birth: – Death: – Ohokashima Ohokashima is a mentioned during the reign of Emperor Suinin. He is said to have been one of the Five Daibu alongside Hikokunifuku, Takehi no Muraji, Tochine no Ōmuraji and Takenumakahawake. They are gathered by[...]

Nagaochi

Nagaochi

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Minister Family: – Birth: – Death: – Nagaochi Nagaochi was a minister during the reign of Emperor Suinin. He was sent to collect Nomi no Sukune and bring him to court so he may fight with Kuehaya.1 Footnotes 1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles[...]

Yatsunada

Yatsunada

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: General Family: – Birth: – Death: – Yatsunada Yatsunada was a general of Emperor Suinin and is seen mentioned in the nihongi. In the fifth year of the Emperors reign, Sahobiko, brother to the Emperors wife Sahobime approached his sister asking who is most dearest to[...]

Amenohihoko

Amenohihoko

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Mata no wo (wife) Tajima Mori (son) Kiyohiko (great-grandson) Birth: – Death: – Amenohihoko Amenohihoko/Amanohihoko (天之日矛) was a prince from Silla who visit Japan during the 3rd year of Emperor Suinin’s reign, it is said he decided to dwell in the land of Tajima[...]

Sonaka Cheulchi

Sonaka Cheulchi

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: – Birth: – Death: – Sonaka Cheulchi Sonaka Cheulchi was a man mentioned during the reign of Emperor Suinin. At the start of his reign, after his marriage to Sahobime and the birth of their son Homutsuwake this man asked the Emperor to return[...]

Palaces

Palaces

Palaces We are creating this page to serve as a place to list all of the different Palaces built and used through Japanese history. We will continue to update this page as we gain more information. Legendary Period Akitsushima Palace Located in Muro this was the palace of Emperor Kōan.5[...]

Yamashiro no Ohokuni no Fuchi

Yamashiro no Ohokuni no Fuchi

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: Kanibatatobe (daughter) Karibatatobe (daughter) Birth: – Death: – Yamashiro no Ohokuni no Fuchi Yamashiro no Ohokuni no Fuchi (山背大国不遅) was the father of Kanibatatobe and Karibatatobe.123 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press. 2.[...]

Karibatatobe

Karibatatobe

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Wife Family: Emperor Suinin (husband) Ochiwake no miko (son) Ikatarashihiko no miko (son) Itoshiwake (son) Yamashiro no Ohokuni no Fuchi (father) Kanibatatobe (older sister) Birth: – Death: – Karibatatobe Karibatatobe (苅幡戸辺) was the wife of Emperor Suinin and together they had Ochiwake no miko, Ikatarashihiko no miko[...]

Kanibatatobe

Kanibatatobe

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Wife Family: Emperor Suinin (husband) Ihatsukuwake (son) Ihatsukubime (daughter). Yamashiro no Ohokuni no Fuchi (father) Karibatatobe (older sister) Birth: – Death: – Kanibatatobe Kanibatatobe (綺戸辺) was the wife of Emperor Suinin and together they had Ihatsukuwake123 and Ihatsukubime.12 The Emperor first heard of her when visiting Yamashiro[...]

Azaminoiribime

Azaminoiribime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess Family: Emperor Suinin (husband) Ikobayawake (son) Azamitsuhime (daughter) Tanika no hiko Tatatsumichinoushi (father) Taniha no Kahakami no Masu no Iratsume (mother?) Hibasuhime (sister) Mikadawake (brother) Otohime (sister) Matonuhime (sister) Nubatanoiribika (sister) Takanohime (sister) Utakorihime (sister) Yehime (sister) Birth: – Death: – Azaminoiribime Azaminoiribime (薊瓊入媛) was the daughter[...]

Nubatanoiribika

Nubatanoiribika

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess Family: Emperor Suinin (husband) Nutarashiwake (daughter) Igatarashihiko (son) Tanika no hiko Tatatsumichinoushi (father) Taniha no Kahakami no Masu no Iratsume (mother?) Hibasuhime (sister) Mikadawake (brother) Otohime (sister) Matonuhime (sister) Azaminoiribime (sister) Takanohime (sister) Utakorihime (sister) Yehime (sister) Birth: – Death: – Nubatanoiribika Nubatanoiribika (渟葉田瓊入媛) was the daughter[...]

Utakorihime

Utakorihime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess Family: Tanika no hiko Tatatsumichinoushi (father) Taniha no Kahakami no Masu no Iratsume (mother?) Hibasuhime (sister) Mikadawake (brother) Matonuhime (sister) Nubatanoiribika (sister) Azaminoiribime (sister) Takanohime (sister) Yehime (sister) Otohime (sister) Birth: – Death: – Utakorihime Utakorihime (歌凝比売命) was the daughter of Tanika no hiko Tatatsumichinoushi.12 She[...]

Yehime

Yehime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess Family: Tanika no hiko Tatatsumichinoushi (father) Taniha no Kahakami no Masu no Iratsume (mother?) Hibasuhime (sister) Mikadawake (brother) Matonuhime (sister) Nubatanoiribika (sister) Azaminoiribime (sister) Takanohime (sister) Utakorihime (sister) Otohime (sister) Birth: – Death: – Yehime Yehime (媛) was the daughter of Tanika no hiko Tatatsumichinoushi. She[...]

Ihatsukubime

Ihatsukubime

Ihatsukubime Ihatsukubime. We are a wiki as well as a Blog and podcast site which is constantly and steadily growing. Bringing to you all aspects of Japanese history. It is going to be a project which will expand continuously over the coming years. And we hope you stick with us[...]

Futajirihime

Futajirihime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess Family: Emperor Suinin (father)  Otokaribatatobe (mother) Ihatsuwake (brother) Birth: – Death: – Futajirihime Futajirihime (両道入姫命) was the daughter of Emperor Suinin and Otokaribatatobe.12 She is also given the name of Ihatsukubime.12 She would later marry Yamato Takeru.12 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki.[...]

Ihatsukuwake

Ihatsukuwake

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Suinin (father)  Otokaribatatobe (mother) Futajirihime (sister) Birth: – Death: – Ihatsukuwake Ihatsukuwake (磐撞別命) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Otokaribatatobe.123 He is said to have been the ancestor of the Haguhi no kimi and the Mio no kimi.12 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated[...]

Itoshiwake

Itoshiwake

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Karibatatobe (mother) Ochiwake (brother) Ikatarashihiko (brother) Birth: – Death: – Itoshiwake Itoshiwake (伊登志別王) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Karibatatobe.123 He is said to have had no children and so made the Itoshibe his proxy. This would be the first instance of[...]

Ikatarashihiko

Ikatarashihiko

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Karibatatobe (mother) Ochiwake (brother) Itoshiwake (brother) Birth: – Death: – Ikatarashihiko Ikatarashihiko (五十日足彦命) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Karibatatobe.123 He is said to have been the ancestor of the Kazuga no yama no kimi, Koshi no ike no kimi and the[...]

Ochiwake

Ochiwake

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Karibatatobe (mother) Ikatarashihiko (brother) Itoshiwake (brother) Birth: – Death: – Ochiwake Ochiwake (祖別命) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Karibatatobe.123 He is said to have been the ancestor of the Wotsuki no yama no kimi and the Mikaha no Koromo no kimi.12[...]

Wozabe

Wozabe

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Kaguyahime (mother) Birth: – Death: – Wozabe Wozabe (袁那弁王) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Kaguyahime. This is related in the kojiki.12 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.[...]

Kaguyahime

Kaguyahime

For the woman from folklore see: Kaguya Hime. Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Wife Family: Emperor Suinin (husband) Wozabe (son) Ohotsutsukitarine (father) Birth: – Death: – Kaguyahime Kaguyahime (迦具夜比売命) was the wife of Emperor Suinin and together the had a son by the name of Wozabe. This is seen in the kojiki. She[...]

Inasebiko

Inasebiko

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Azamitsuhime (wife) Birth: – Death: – Inasebiko Inasebiko (?) is said to have been the husband of Azamitsuhime according to the kojiki.12 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press. 2. Chamberlain, B.[...]

Azamitsuhime

Azamitsuhime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Azaminoiribime (mother) Ikobayawake (brother) Birth: – Death: – Azamitsuhime Azamitsuhime (?) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Azaminoiribime.123 She is said to have married Inasebiko.12 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York:[...]

Ikobayawake

Ikobayawake

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Azaminoiribime (mother) Azamitsuhime (sister) Birth: – Death: – Ikobayawake Ikobayawake (息速別命) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Azaminoiribime.123 He is said to have been the ancestor of the Saho no Anahobe wake.12 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014)[...]

Igatarashihiko

Igatarashihiko

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Nubatanoiribika (mother) Nutarashiwake (sister) Birth: – Death: – Igatarashihiko Igatarashihiko (胆香足彦命) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Nubatanoiribika.123 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press. 2. Chamberlain, B. H.[...]

Nutarashiwake

Nutarashiwake

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Nubatanoiribika (mother) Igatarashihiko (brother) Birth: – Death: – Nutarashiwake Nutarashiwake (鐸石別命) was the daughter of Emperor Suinin and Nubatanoiribika.123 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press. 2. Chamberlain, B.[...]

Wakakiiribiko

Wakakiiribiko

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Hibasuhime (mother) Emperor Keikō (brother) Ohonakatsuhiko (brother) Yamatohime (sister) Inishikinoiribiko (brother) Birth: – Death: – Wakakiiribiko Wakakiiribiko (稚城瓊入彦命) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Hibasuhime.12 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New[...]

Ohonakatsuhiko

Ohonakatsuhiko

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Hibasuhime (mother) Emperor Keikō (brother) Inishikinoiribiko (brother) Yamatohime (sister) Wakakiiribiko (brother) Birth: – Death: – Ohonakatsuhiko Ohonakatsuhiko (大中彦命) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Hibasuhime. He is said to be the ancestor of the Yamanobe no wake, Sakikusa no wake, Inaki no[...]

Inishikinoiribiko

Inishikinoiribiko

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Hibasuhime (mother) Emperor Keikō (brother) Ohonakatsuhiko (brother) Yamatohime (sister) Wakakiiribiko (brother) Birth: – Death: – Inishikinoiribiko Inishikinoiribiko (五十瓊敷入彦命) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Hibasuhime. During his lifetime he is said to have lived in the Kahakami Palace in Totori and[...]

Amano Yukaha Tana

Amano Yukaha Tana

Amano Yukaha Tana Amano Yukaha Tana. We are a wiki as well as a Blog and podcast site which is constantly and steadily growing. Bringing to you all aspects of Japanese history. It is going to be a project which will expand continuously over the coming years. And we hope[...]

Yamanobe no Ohotaka

Yamanobe no Ohotaka

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: – Birth: – Death: – Yamanobe no Ohotaka Yamanobe no Ohotaka is a man seen in the kojiki during the exploits to try and get Prince Homutsuwake to speak. Though the prince had grown into a man he still could not speak, however, one[...]

Kihisatsumi

Kihisatsumi

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: – Birth: – Death: – Kihisatsumi Kihisatsumi is said to have been the ancestor of the Representatives of Izumo. During the events surrounding trying to get Prince Homutsuwake to learn to speak it is said he made a mountain adorned with green leaves and[...]

Hinagahime

Hinagahime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess Family: Homutsuwake (husband) Birth: – Death: – Hinagahime Hinagahime (肥長比売) was the wife of Prince Homutsuwake. After the Prince had learnt to speak he was left to live in the palace of Nagaho in Ajimasa. Here he married Hinagahime for a single night where he discovered[...]

Homutsuwake

Homutsuwake

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Sahobime (mother) Hinagahime (wife) Birth: – Death: – Homutsuwake Homutsuwake (誉津別命) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Sahobime.123 Birth Nihongi Version Homutsuwake was born prior to the assassination attempt on his father’s life by his mother. His mother, mourning that[...]

Enenra

Enenra

Enenra Enenra (烟々羅 – Smokenet) is a type of yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi. This creature was the smoke cast from fire to repel mosquitos away from the house of a poor man. The ‘En’ uses the kanji for smoke, with ‘Ra’ using the an archaic term for[...]

Kerakeraonna

Kerakeraonna

Kerakeraonna Kerakeraonna (倩兮女 – Cackling Woman) is a type of yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi. She is depicted as some kind of giantess who is seen cackling over a wall. It appears that Sekien has merged two concepts together in the portrayal of this creature. A huge character[...]

Kageonna

Kageonna

Kageonna Kageonna (影女 – Shadow Woman) is a type of yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi. This particular creature is the shadow of a woman which is cast on the shoji doors in haunted houses.1 External Links View the book online here: Konjaku Hyakki Shūi Online. Footnotes 1. Yoda,[...]

Jakotsubaba

Jakotsubaba

Jakotsubaba Jakotsubaba (蛇骨婆 – Snakebone Hag) is a type of yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi. The story concerning this creature related by Toriyama Sekien says that perhaps it comes from northern China as there are people there who bear a blue snake in their right hand and a[...]

Oshiroibaba

Oshiroibaba

Oshiroibaba Oshiroibaba (白粉婆 – Face Powder Hag) is a type of yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi. This creature is said to be the handmaiden of the kami for beni and oshiroi (lipstick and facepowder) by the name of Jifun-senjō. In his depiction of this creature Sekien partly quotes[...]

Kokuribaba

Kokuribaba

Kokuribaba Kokuribaba (古庫裏婆 – Hag in the House) is a type of yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi. This creature is said to have been the wife of a head priest from several generations ago. Now she spends her time stealing the money and offerings made to the temple and[...]

Dorotabō

Dorotabō

Dorotabō Dorotabō (泥田坊 – Mudman) is a type of yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi. This creature is described as a dark figure with three fingers (like an Oni) and only one eye who resides in one particular rice paddy. He is also heard to say the phrase “ta kaese![...]

Tōdaiki

Tōdaiki

Tōdaiki Tōdaiki (灯台鬼 – Candle Stick Demon) is a type of yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi. This tale can be found in the Wakan Sansai Zue. This creature was made after Minister Karu (軽大臣) was sent to China as an envoy. Once he was there he was poisoned by[...]

Dōjōji no kane

Dōjōji no kane

Dōjōji no kane Dōjōji no kane (道成寺鐘 – The Bell of Dōjōji) is a type of yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi. The story behind this creature relates to the priest Anchin and his love Kiyohime. Kiyohime was the daughter of a wealthy merchant family and that her and[...]

Tengu tsubute

Tengu tsubute

Tengu tsubute Tengu tsubute (天狗礫 – Tengu Gravel) is a type of yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi. Sekien states that ‘when the wind blows through mountains and valleys the valleys respond by loosing boulders.’1 External Links View the book online here: Konjaku Hyakki Shūi Online. Footnotes 1. Yoda, H.[...]

Hōkō

Hōkō

Hōkō Hōkō (彭侯 – Penghou) is a type of yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi. This creature is the spirit of a 1000 year old tree said to take the form of a black dog with no tail. Sekien in his information here is quoting a 4th century Chinese[...]

Ariwara Family

Ariwara Family

First Ruler: Children of Deposed Prince Takaoka and Prince Abo Final Ruler: – Dissolution: – For a full list of Clans: See Japanese Clans. Ariwara Family The Ariwara Family (在原氏) is one of the various Clans of Japan. Creation This particular family name was gifted to the children of two[...]

Ariwara no Motokata

Ariwara no Motokata

Period: Heian Period Occupation: Poet Family: Ariwara no Munehari (father) Birth: – Death: – Ariwara no Motokata Ariwara no Motokata (在原元方) was a member of the Ariwara Family living in the 9th and 10th century. During his lifetime he was a poet and the son of Ariwara no Munehari.1 Louis Frederick[...]

Ariwara no Munehari

Ariwara no Munehari

Period: Heian Period Occupation: Poet Family: Ariwara no Narihira (father) Ariwara no Motokata (son) Birth: – Death: 898 Ariwara no Munehari Ariwara no Munehari (在原 棟梁) was a member of the Ariwara Family. During his life he was a poet, dying in 898AD. He was the son of Ariwara no Narihira[...]

Fujiwara no Norinaga

Fujiwara no Norinaga

Period: Heian Period Occupation: Poet, Caligrapher Family: Fujiwara no Tadanori (father) Birth: 1109AD Death: 1177AD Fujiwara no Norinaga Fujiwara no Norinaga (藤原 教長) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan, more specifically the Hokke Branch, living from 1109-1077AD. He was the son of Fujiwara no Tadanori and during his lifetime[...]

Fujiwara no Nobunari

Fujiwara no Nobunari

Period: Heian Period Occupation: – Family: Inpumon’in no Tayū (daughter) Birth: – Death:  – Fujiwara no Nobunari Fujiwara no Nobunari (藤原 信成) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan. He is known to have been the father of Inpumon’in no Tayū.1 Footnotes 1. MacMillan, P. (2018) ”One Hundred Poets, One[...]

Inpumon’in no Tayū

Inpumon’in no Tayū

Period: Heian Period / Kamakura Period Occupation: Waka Poet Family: Fujiwara no Nobunari (father) Birth: c.1130 Death:  c.1200 Inpumon’in no Tayū Inpumon’in no Tayū (殷富門院大輔) was a Japanese poet and daughter to Fujiwara no Nobunari who lived from c.1130-c.1200. During her lifetime she served Princess Ryoshi. She was held in[...]

Priest Dōin

Priest Dōin

Period: Heian Period Occupation: Waka Poet Family: Birth: 1090AD Death:  c.1179AD Priest Dōin Priest Dōin (道因), also known as Fujiwara no Atsuyori, was a japanese poet who lived from 1090-c.1179AD. He was known for being mean. In addition to being a poet he also reached the fifth court rank and[...]

Fujiwara no Sanesada

Fujiwara no Sanesada

Period: Heian Period / Kamakura Period Occupation: Minister of the Left / Waka Poet Family: Fujiwara no Shunzei (uncle) Birth: 1139AD Death: 1191AD Fujiwara no Sanesada Fujiwara no Sanesada (藤原 実定) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan. Living from 1139-1191AD he was the nephew of Fujiwara no Shunzei. His career was[...]

Fujiwara no Michimasa

Fujiwara no Michimasa

Period: Heian Period Occupation: Poet Family: Fujiwara no Korechika (father) Birth: 992AD Death: 1054AD   Fujiwara no Michimasa Fujiwara no Michimasa (藤原 道雅) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan, more specifically the Hokke Branch, living from 992-1054AD. He was the son of Fujiwara no Korechika and acted as Master of[...]

Takashina no Takako

Takashina no Takako

Period: Heian Period Occupation: Poet Family: Fujiwara no Michitaka (husband) Fujiwara no Teishi (daughter) Fujiwara no Korechika (son) Birth: – Death: 996AD Takashina no Takako Takashina no Takako (高階 貴子) was a Japanese poet who died in 996AD. She was the wife of Fujiwara no Michitaka and mother to several children[...]

Fujiwara no Michinobu

Fujiwara no Michinobu

Period: Heian Period Occupation: Waka Poet, Commander of the Imperial Guard Family: Fujiwara no Tamemitsu (father) Fujiwara no Kaneie (adopted by) Fujiwara no Tadanobu (brother) Fujiwara no Kiminobu (brother) Fujiwara no Teishi (sister) Birth: 972AD Death: 994AD Fujiwara no Michinobu Fujiwara no Michinobu (藤原 道信) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan,[...]

Fujiwara no Suenawa

Fujiwara no Suenawa

Period: Heian Period Occupation: – Family: Lady Ukon (daughter? sister?) Birth: – Death: – Fujiwara no Suenawa Fujiwara no Suenawa was a member of the Fujiwara Clan. He was either the father or older brother of Lady Ukon. In the no longer extant Katano no Shosho it says that he[...]

Lady Ukon

Lady Ukon

Period: Heian Period Occupation: Poet / Lady-in-waiting Family: Fujiwara no Suenawa (father? brother?) Birth: fl.10th century Death: – Lady Ukon Lady Ukon (右近) was the daughter or younger sister of Fujiwara no Suenawa who flourished during the 10th century. During her life she was a poet and lady-in-waiting to Fujiwara[...]

Shido Shogun

Shido Shogun

Shido Shogun The Shido Shogun (四道将軍) were a group of four generals appointed by Emperor Sujin. These were sent out by the Emperor into the surrounding territories to subdue to natives there.1 Depending on the source, five different people are mentioned. These being Kibitsuhiko, Ohobiko, Takenumakahawake, Hikoimasu and Tambanochinushi. Footnotes 1.[...]