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    • Period: Legendary Period
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Uchizaru was a member of the Kumaso Clan/Tsuchigumo which dwelt on the island of Tsukushi and we see him mentioned in the nihongi during the reign of Emperor Keikō.

A female Chieftain called Hayatsuhime reveals to the Emperor that there are Tsuchigumo by the names of Awo and Shira living in the ‘Rat’s Cave,’ with another three called Uchizaru, Yata and Kunimaro living in Negino.

Once Awo and Shira had been defeated the Emperor turned his attention to Uchizaru. He manages to force the Emperors forces to retreat with the use of fire arrows and so the Emperor instead attacks and defeats Yata.

Now realising he will not be able to win in battle, he approaches the Emperor asking for leniency. He is refused and so he, and all his followers, kill themselves by throwing themselves into a ravine.1


1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.

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