Heian period statue of Ukanomitama at Ozu Shrine in Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture.


Ukanomitama (倉稲魂命) is a Shinto Spirit mentioned in one version of the Nihongi where she is born from the hunger of Izanami and Izanagi after the Spirit Shinatsuhiko had been created.1

We find Ukanomitama (宇迦之御魂神 – Mighty Soul of Sustenance) also mentioned in the Kojiki with different parentage, this being Susano-o and his second wife Kamu Ōichihime. In this contexct she is also the sister of Ōtoshi. She is stated as a Rice Spirit in Hymn No.8.2


1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.
2. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.

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