Shōdoshima (小豆島) was historically known as Azuki-shima (Read Bean Isle) and was, according to the Kojiki, the second island born after the Great Land of Eightfold Isles, inhabited by the Spirit Ōnodehime. This island is located between Shikoku and the western edge of Honshu.1

The Nihongi does not give a name to this island, simply stating

Izanami and Izanagi then produced the sea, the rivers, and then the mountains, after the Eightfold Isles.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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