Otohime Sama

Otohime Sama
Otohime Sama watching over the Autumn Garden.

Otohime Sama

Otohime Sama (乙姫) was the daughter and Princess of Ryūjin noted in the Folktale Urashima Taro the Fisher Lad. She is described as having lovely black hair fashioned in the style of hundreds of years ago, her voice was like music over water.

As a tortoise she is being tortured by some children until Urashima Tarō saves her. Returning the next day she offers to take him to Ryūgū-jō under the sea, where she then reveals her true identity,the daughter of Ryūjin, a Dragon. Marrying Urashima for saving her.

When he wishes to return home she gives him a box name tamate-bako (Box of the Jewel Hand) telling him to never open it.1

Footnotes

1. Ozaki, Y.T. (1903) “The Japanese Fairy Book”. Westminster: Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd.

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