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  • Period: Legendary Period
  • Occupation: Magician. Bandit.


Shiyu is noted to have been a rebel in the Folktale The Shinansha.

He is said to have had been a wicked magician with a head made of iron, and that no man could ever defeat him.

In the tale, he wishes to take the throne from the Emperor Kotei and had often attacked the Emperor`s forces. The Emperor attacks him on the plain of Takuroku, Shiyu retreating with his army after summoning forth fog.

Later the Emperor returns to fight him again with The Shinansha (Artefact) so his men can find their way in the fog. Shiyu uses his magic to cross a swollen river with his army and retreats to his fortress. The fortress is eventually attacked and Shiyu is killed after the Emperor invents the first boats.1


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

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