Kukunochi (久久能智神 – Tree Trunk Elder1) is the ancestor of all trees, created by Izanami and Izanagi after the islands of Tsushima and Iki. This is related in the Nihongi. Another version of the Nihongi goes on to state Kukunochi was born after the Spirit Hayaakitsumi.2

In the Kojiki however, he is born after the Spirit Shinatsuhiko. He is also invoked in a prayer blessing the Palace (Hymn 8).1


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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