Ikutsuhikone (Lively Little Lad) is a son of Amaterasu, he was the fourth born from the Jewels in Amaterasu’s hair after being chewed and spat out by Susano-o. This is related in the Kojiki and Nihongi.12

There is one alternative version in the Nihongi where this kami is birthed from the jewels of Susano-o, who chews and spits them out himself (perhaps in this context this kami is a son then of Susano-o). There is also another version in which Susano-o creates this kami from his jewels himself by placing them in different parts of his body. For this kami it is by placing the jewels on his right forearm.2


1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.
2. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.

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