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Amanozako

Amanozako

Amanozako Amanozako (天逆毎 – Heaven Opposes All) is a type of Yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki by Toriyama Sekien. She was born from Susano-o after his chest filled with rage and he expelled it. And she herself had a child through virgin birth called Amanosaku. Her appearance[...]

Man’yōshū

Man’yōshū

Man’yōshū The Man’yōshū (万葉集) is an important literary collection of Japanese poetry. Surviving Examples The oldest surviving example of this document is known as the katsura-bon (桂本) which dates to the mid-Heian period.1 Compilation It is generally unknown how the entire piece was compiled, though the Japanese at this time[...]

Okitsuyoso

Okitsuyoso

Period: Legendery Period Occupation: – Family: Amenooshio (father?) Yosotarashi Hime (sister) Birth: – Death: – Okitsuyoso Okitsuyoso is mentioned in the Kojiki as the older brother of Yosotarashi Hime. He is said to be the ancestor of the Wohari no Muraji.1 His father is presumably Amenooshio as he is listed[...]

Yosotarashi Hime

Yosotarashi Hime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Empress Family: Emperor Kōshō (husband) Emperor Kōan (son) Ameoshitarashihiko (son) Amenooshio (father) Okitsuyoso (brother) Birth: – Death: – Yosotarashi Hime Yosotarashi Hime (世襲足媛) was the wife of Emperor Kōshō and together the two of them had two sons; Emperor Kōan and Ameoshitarashihiko.12 She is said to have[...]

Kamo no Ōkimi

Kamo no Ōkimi

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: – Family: Kotoshironushi (father) Himetatara Isuzuhime (sister) Isuzuyorihime (sister) Nunasoko Nakatsuhime (daughter) Kamo no Ōkimi Kamo no Ōkimi (鴨王) is said to have been the father of Nunasoko Nakatsuhime12 and a son of Kotoshironushi.2 Footnotes 1. Ponsonby, F. (1959) “The Imperial House of Japan.” Kyoto: Ponsonby[...]

Emperor Annei

Emperor Annei

Reign: 548-511BC Born: 568/567BC Period: Legendery Period Family: Emperor Suizei (father) Isuzuyorihime (mother) Nunasoko Nakatsuhime (wife) Tokotsuhikoirone (son) Emperor Itoku (son) Shikitsuhiko (son) Ikishimimi? (son) Burial place: misasagi on Mount Unebi Order of Succession: Predecessor Emperor Suizei  * Successor Emperor Itoku Emperor Annei Emperor Annei (安寧 天皇) was the third[...]

Isuzuyorihime

Isuzuyorihime

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: – Family: Kotoshironushi (father) Emperor Suizei (husband) Emperor Annei (son) Himetatara Isuzuhime (sister) Kamo no Ōkimi (brother) Isuzuyorihime Isuzuyorihime (五十鈴依媛命) is said to have been the daughter of the kami Kotoshironushi. She was the wife of Emperor Suizei and together they had Emperor Annei.1 She was appointed[...]

Uji

Uji

Uji See also: Court Titles, Imperial Titles, Provincial Titles, Be, Sesshō and Kampaku The Uji (氏) were kinship groups, also at times known as shisei.2 The origins of the title appear to be of korean linguistical descent and not a native term developed in Japan.3 Before the Nara Period they[...]

Wani (Creature)

Wani (Creature)

This page refers to the creature known as the Wani, for the person see: Wan’i Wani The Wani is a supernatural creature mentioned a few times in Japanese texts. One reference can be found in the Nihongi where it says the kami Kotoshironushi turned into a Wani before coming together[...]

Shinsen Shōjiroku

Shinsen Shōjiroku

Shinsen Shōjiroku The Shinsen Shōjiroku (新撰姓氏録) (Revised Geneologies) is a piece of Japanese literature listing the geneologies of many noble families from the Heian Period. Originally created as a collection in 30 chapters1 now only fragments of the original 30 survive.2 Begun in 799AD at the order of Emperor Kammu[...]

Haji Clan

Haji Clan

First Ruler: Nomi no Sukune (dubious) Final Ruler: – Dissolution: – Cadet Branches: Sugawara Clan, Akishino Clan, Ōe Clan, Niehaji. For a full list of Clans: See Japanese Clans. Haji Clan The Haji Clan (土師氏) was a Japanese clan which claimed descent from the Shinto spirit Amenohohi in the 12[...]

Iirine

Iirine

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Family: Haji Clan (descendants) Amenohohi (ancestor) Others see below. Birth: Death: Iirine Iirine (飯入根) is an ancient ancestor to the Haji Clan, some branches of the family claiming descent from him instead of others such as Umashikaraine and Nomi no Sukune (who in the Nihongi is said[...]

Umashikaraine

Umashikaraine

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Family: Haji Clan (descendants) Amenohohi (ancestor) Others see below. Birth: Death: Umashikaraine Umashikaraine (可美乾飯根) is an ancient ancestor to the Haji Clan, some branches of the family claiming descent from him instead of others such as Iirine and Nomi no Sukune (who in the Nihongi is[...]

Nomi no Sukune

Nomi no Sukune

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Sumo Wrestler, Master Potter Family: Haji Clan (descendants) Haji no Mino (great-grandson) Amenohohi (ancestor) Others see below. Birth: Death: Nomi no Sukune Nomi no Sukune (野見 宿禰) was said to have been a descendant of the god Amenohohi in the 14th generation and great-grandfather to Haji[...]

Ama no Hayekiri

Ama no Hayekiri

Ama no Hayekiri / Orochi no Karasabi / Orochi no Aramasa Ama no Hayekiri, Orochi no Karasabi and Orochi no Aramasa are the names of swords used by Susano-o to kill the Dragon Yamata no Orochi. The name changes as within the Nihongi there are several alternative versions of the same[...]

Mizokuhi

Mizokuhi

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Family: Kotoshironushi (husband) Himetatara Isuzuhime (daughter) Mizokuhi Mizokuhi also known as Tamakushihime (玉櫛媛) is a Shinto kami mentioned in the Nihongi as the wife of Kotoshironushi and mother of Himetatara Isuzuhime. It is said she is from Mishima Island.1 Footnotes 1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1:[...]

Kotoshironushi

Kotoshironushi

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: Mizokuhi (wife) Himetatara Isuzuhime (daughter) Isuzuyorihime (daughter) Kamo no Ōkimi (son) Kotoshironushi Kotoshironushi (事代主神) is a Shinto Spirit seen in the Nihongi as husband to Mizokuhi and father of Himetatara Isuzuhime (wife of Emperor Jimmu). It is said he was transformed into a Wani before joining[...]

Himetatara Isuzuhime

Himetatara Isuzuhime

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: Ōmiwa (father?) Kotoshironushi (father) Mizokuhi (mother) Emperor Jimmu (husband) Emperor Suizei (son) Isuzuyorihime (sister) Kamo no Ōkimi (brother) Himetatara Isuzuhime Himetatara Isuzuhime (媛蹈鞴五十鈴媛) is a Shinto Spirit said in one version of the Nihongi to have been the daughter of Ōmiwa. In another version she is[...]

Sukunabikona

Sukunabikona

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: Takamimusuhi (father) Sukunabikona Sukunabikona (少彦名神) is a Shinto Spirit seen in two differing narratives inside of the Nihongi. In the first version he works with Ōkuninushi to make the ‘sub-celestial world,’ during this time they determine how to heal the diseases of men, and prtoects against[...]

Ōmiwa

Ōmiwa

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Family: Himetatara Isuzuhime (daughter) Kimi of Kamo (descendants) Kimi of Ōmiwa (descendants) Ōmiwa Ōmiwa is a Shinto kami seen mentioned in the Nihongi. He is said to be the ancestor of the Kimi of Kamo and Kimi of Ōmiwa. His daughter was Himetatara Isuzuhime. He is[...]

Ōkuninushi

Ōkuninushi

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Family: Amenofuyukinu (father) Sashikuniwakahime (mother) Susano-o (ancestor) Ōkuninushi Ōkuninushi (大国主神 – Great Land Master1) is a Shinto kami mentioned in the Kojiki as the son of Amenofuyukinu and Sashikuniwakahime, due to this he is a decendant of Susano-o.1 The Nihongi list several alternative narratives for Ōkuninushi. In[...]

Sashikuniō

Sashikuniō

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: Sashikuniwakahime (daughter) Sashikuniō Sashikuniō (刺国大神 – Land Marker Parent) is a Shinto Spirit mentioned in the Kojiki as the father of Sashikuniwakahime. The ‘sashi’ in his name could be a reference to a sliver of land.1 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki.[...]

Sashikuniwakahime

Sashikuniwakahime

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Family: Amenofuyukinu (husband) Ōkuninushi (son) Sashikuniō (father) Sashikuniwakahime Sashikuniwakahime (刺国若比売 – Young Lady Land Marker) is a Shinto kami mentioned in the Kojiki as the child of Sashikuniō and wife of Amenofuyukinu. With her husband they have the child Ōkuninushi. Her name is suggestive of being a[...]

Amenofuyukinu

Amenofuyukinu

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Clothing Family: Futemimi (mother) Yatsukamizu Omitsuno (father) Sashikuniwakahime (wife) Ōkuninushi (son) Amenofuyukinu Amenofuyukinu (天之冬衣神 – Padded Winter Robe of Heaven1) is a Shinto kami mentioned in both the Kojiki and Nihongi. In the Kojiki he is said to have been the son of Futemimi and Yatsukamizu Omitsuno.[...]

Funozuno

Funozuno

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Clothing Family: Futemimi (daughter) Funozuno Funozuno (布怒豆怒神 – Master Twined Vines) is a Shinto kami mentioned in the Kojiki as the father of Futemimi. He is a kami that represents clothing, with vines of his made into clothes after being bleached in limestone rich water.1 Footnotes[...]

Futemimi

Futemimi

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Clothing Family: Yatsukamizu Omitsuno (husband) Amenofuyukinu (son) Funozuno (father) Futemimi Futemimi (布帝耳神 – Robed Majestic Might) is a Shinto kami mentioned in the Kojiki. She is said to have married Yatsukamizu Omitsuno with whom she had a child called Amenofuyukinu. She is also stated as the child[...]

Amenotsudoechine

Amenotsudoechine

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Family: Fukabuchinomizuyarehana (husband) Omizunu (son) Amenotsudoechine Amenotsudoechine (天之都度閇知泥神 or 阿麻乃都刀閇乃知尼 – Gathered Waterways of Heaven / Assembly of Heaven) is a Shinto kami mentioned in the Kojiki. They marry the kami Fukabuchinomizuyarehana and together they had the child Omizunu.1 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt.[...]

Fukabuchinomizuyarehana

Fukabuchinomizuyarehana

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Rivers? Family: Hikawahime (mother) Fuwanomojikunusunu (father) Amenotsudoechine (wife) Omizunu (son) Fukabuchinomizuyarehana Fukabuchinomizuyarehana (深淵之水夜礼花神 – First Flow from Still Pools / Blossoms Torn in Still Pools) was a Shinto kami mentioned in the Kojiki. He is said to have been the child of Hikawahime and Fuwanomojikunusunu. He married[...]

Okami

Okami

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Family:  Hikawahime (daughter) Hinarashihime (daughter) Okami Okami  (淤加美神 – Rain Serpent) is a Shinto kami mentioned in the Kojiki. He is said to have been a serpentine kami who was the father of Hikawahime and Hinarashihime.1 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An[...]

Hikawahime

Hikawahime

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Family:  Okami (father) Fuwanomojikunusunu (husband) Fukabuchinomizuyarehana (son) Hikawahime Hikawahime (日河比売 – Lady Spirit River / Lady Sunny River) is a Shinto kami mentioned in the Kojiki. She is stated to have been the daughter of Okami who married Fuwanomojikunusunu. With her husband they had a son known[...]

Fuwanomojikunusunu

Fuwanomojikunusunu

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Family: Yashimajinumi (father) Konohanachiruhime (mother) Hikawahime (wife) Fukabuchinomizuyarehana (son) Fuwanomojikunusunu Fuwanomojikunusunu (布波能母遅久奴須奴神 – Budding Noble Land Dwelling Master) is a Shinto kami mentioned in the Kojiki. He was the son of Yashimajinumi and Konohanachiruhime and through his marriage to Hikawahime he had a child called Fukabuchinomizuyarehana. The[...]

Konohanachiruhime

Konohanachiruhime

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: Ōyamatsumi (father) Yashimajinumi (husband) Fuwanomojikunusunu (son) Konohanachiruhime Konohanachiruhime (木花知流比売 – Lady Tree Blossoms Scattering) is a Shinto Spirit mentioned in the Kojiki. She is stated to be the daughter of Ōyamatsumi and wife of Yashimajinumi with whom she has a son called Fuwanomojikunusunu. The blossoms in[...]

Yashimajinumi

Yashimajinumi

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: Susano-o (father) Kushinadahime (mother) Konohanachiruhime (wife) Fuwanomojikunusunu (son) Yashimajinumi Yashimajinumi (八島士奴美神 – Mighty Master Ruling Eightfold Isles) is a Shinto Spirit mentioned in the Kojiki as the son of Susano-o and Kushinadahime. He married Konohanachiruhime and together they had the child Fuwanomojikunusunu. His name would suggest[...]

Kushinadahime

Kushinadahime

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: ? Family: Ashinadzuchi (father) Tenadzuchi (mother) Susano-o (husband) Ōkuninushi (son?) Yashimajinumi (son) Suga-no-yu-yama-nushi Mitsu-na-saro-hiko-yamaa-shino (son) Kushinadahime Kushinadahime (櫛名田比売 / 奇稲田姫 – Lady Wondrous Rice Paddies2) is a Shinto Spirit seen within the Kojiki and Nihongi narrative with connections to Susano-o and the Dragon Yamata no Orochi.12[...]

Tenadzuchi

Tenadzuchi

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Agricultural? Family: Ashinadzuchi (husband) Kushinadahime (daughter) Tenadzuchi Tenadzuchi ( 手名椎 / 手摩乳命) is a Shinto kami seen in the texts of the Kojiki and Nihongi in relation to their dealings with Yamata no Orochi. She is the wife of Ashinadzuchi and mother to Kushinadahime in both[...]

Ashinadzuchi

Ashinadzuchi

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Family: Tenadzuchi (wife) Kushinadahime (daughter) Ōyamatsumi (father) Ashinadzuchi Ashinadzuchi ( 足名椎 / 脚摩乳命) is a Shinto kami seen in the texts of the Kojiki and Nihongi in relation to their dealings with Yamata no Orochi. He is the husband of Tenadzuchi and father to Kushinadahime in both the Nihongi[...]

Tsumatsuhime

Tsumatsuhime

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Trees? Family: Susano-o (father) Isotakeru (brother) Oyatsuhime (sister) Tsumatsuhime Tsumatsuhime is a Shinto Spirit mentioned alongside his father in alternative versions of the Nihongi. The tale states Susano-o was jealous of the land of Han and its riches, and so from his body he pucked many[...]

Oyatsuhime

Oyatsuhime

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Trees? Family: Susano-o (father) Isotakeru (brother) Tsumatsuhime (sister) Oyatsuhime Oyatsuhime (大屋都比賣神 / 大屋津姫命) is a Shinto Spirit mentioned alongside his father in alternative versions of the Nihongi. The tale states Susano-o was jealous of the land of Han and its riches, and so from his body[...]

Isotakeru

Isotakeru

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Trees? Family: Susano-o (father) Oyatsuhime (sister) Tsumatsuhime (sister) Isotakeru Isotakeru (五十猛神) is a Shinto Spirit mentioned alongside his father in alternative versions of the Nihongi. The first mentions that after his father was banished from Heaven he went to dwell in Silla with Isotakeru. Before leaving[...]

Ōtoshi

Ōtoshi

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Harvest Family: Susano-o (father) Kamu Ōichihime (mother) Ukanomitama (sister) Ōtoshi Ōtoshi (大歳神 – Great Harvest) was the son of Susano-o and his second wife Kamu Ōichihime. He is also the brother of Ukanomitama and is known as a harvest spirit.1 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by[...]

Kamu Ōichihime

Kamu Ōichihime

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: ? Family: Susano-o (husband) Ōyamatsumi (father) Ashinadzuchi (brother?) Kushinadahime (niece?) Kamu Ōichihime Kamu Ōichihime (神大市比売 – Lady Sacred Great Market) is mentioned in the text of the Kojiki as the second wife of Susano-o. Potentially by tracing the family tree, she would be the aunt of Kushinadahime,[...]

Yamata no Orochi

Yamata no Orochi

Yamata no Orochi Yamata no Orochi (ヤマタノオロチ, also 八岐大蛇 , 八俣遠呂智 or 八俣遠呂知, 大蛇) was a giant serpentine Dragon mentioned in the Shinto Mythologies in association with Susano-o. The Dragon and Susano-o can be found in old texts such as the Kojiki and Nihongi.12 The appaearance of the Dragon in[...]

Hinokuma

Hinokuma

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Family: Ishikoridome (Mother) Hinokuma Hinokuma (Cyprus Corner) is a Shinto kami said to have been created by Ishikoridome. The Gleaning of Ancient Words states that when Ishikoridome first fashioned a mirror it was defective and so became the kami Hinokuma. Hinokuma is also the name for[...]

Yamatsuchi

Yamatsuchi

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: – Family: – Yamatsuchi Yamatsuchi is a Shinto deity seen in an alternative writing of the Nihongi. In this version they are tasked with gathering Sakaki Tree’s as part of the offerings to try and coax Amaterasu out of the Sacred Rock Cave.1 Footnotes 1. Aston.[...]

Hinomahe

Hinomahe

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: – Family: Ishikoridome (creator) Hinomahe Hinomahe is a Shinto deity mentioned in an alternative writing of the Nihongi. It states that Ishikoridome formed a Sun Spear made out of copper from Mount Kagu to help get Amaterasu out of the cave as well as Heavenly Bellows[...]

Amenoakarudama

Amenoakarudama

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: Izanagi (father) Amenoakarudama Amenoakarudama is a Shinto deity mentioned in an alternative writing of the Nihongi where he said to be the child of Izanagi and is instructed with making jewels to try and coax Amaterasu out of the Sacred Rock Cave.1 Footnotes 1. Aston. W.G.[...]

Wakahirume

Wakahirume

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: – Family: Wakahirume Wakahirume (稚日女尊) is a Shinto mentioned in the Nihongi. She is seen in an alternative writing of the Nihongi where she is startled by the acts of Susano-o whilst in the Weaving Hall of Takamagahara. She injurues herself on the weaving shuttle and[...]

Hiwashi

Hiwashi

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: – Family: – Hiwashi Hiwashi (天日鷲神) is a Shinto deity mentioned in the Nihongi. They are seen in an alternative writing of the Nihongi during the time when Amaterasu is hiding in the Sacred Rock Cave. He is instructed to gather tree fibres as one of[...]

Kogotomusuhi

Kogotomusuhi

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: – Family: Ameno Koyane (daughter) Nakatomi Clan Kogotomusuhi Kogotomusuhi is a Shinto deity seen in the Nihongi. He is stated to have been the father of Ameno Koyane.1 Footnotes 1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.[...]

Amenonukado

Amenonukado

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: Ishikoridome (daughter) Amenonukado Amenonukado (天抜戸命) is the father of Ishokoridome. He is mentioned in the Nihongi as such, but also in one alternative writing of the Nihongi it states that he was the deity who fashioned the mirror that coaxed Amaterasu out of the Rock[...]

Mount Hiei

Mount Hiei

Co-ordinates: 35° 4′ 0″ N, 135° 50′ 18″ E Region: Kansai Region Prefecture: Kyoto Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture Height: 848 metres. Mount Hiei Mount Hiei (比叡山) is a mountain located on the border between Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures standing at a height of 848 metres. On the eastern slope you can find the temples of Enryakuji and[...]

Yatsukamizu Omitsuno

Yatsukamizu Omitsuno

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Relating to water. Family: Fukabuchinomizuyarehana (father) Amenotsudoechine (mother) Futemimi (wife) Amenofuyukinu (son) Yatsukamizu Omitsuno Yatsukamizu Omitsuno (八束水巨津野)1, or simply Omizunu (淤美豆奴神, or 意弥都奴 – Great Water Master2) is a Shinto deity mentioned in several different texts. Name and Ancestry Carlqvist, referenced below, states that ‘Omitsuno’ was[...]

Mount Daisan

Mount Daisan

Co-ordinates: 35°22′16″N 133°32′47″E Region: Chūgoku Region Prefecture: Tottori Prefecture Height: 1729 metres. Mount Daisan Mount Daisan (大山) resides in Tottori Prefecture and reached a height of 1729 meters is the tallest in the region. During the time the Izumo Fudoki was compiled this Mountain was called Hikami High Mountain (火神岳).[...]

Mount Sanbe

Mount Sanbe

Co-ordinates: – Region: Chūgoku Region Prefecture: Shimane Prefecture Height: 1126 metres. Mount Sanbe Mount Sanbe (三羝山) resides in Shimane Prefecture, and once stood in Izumo Province. The mountain rises to a height of 1126 meters above sea level. During the time the Izumo Fudoki was compiled this Mountain was called[...]

Izumo Fudoki

Izumo Fudoki

Izumo Fudoki Izumo Fudoki (出雲国風土記)  is a Fudoki (Regional Report) about Izumo Province, originally compiled in 733AD. Authorship and Layout Compiled by Miyake no Omi Kanatari and Izumo no Omi Hiroshima it consists of 11 Chapters in total. The first Chapter introduces the province and the procedures used to make[...]

Hinohayahi

Hinohayahi

Affiliation: Shinto Diety of: – Family: Susano-o (father?) Amenooshihomimi (brother) Amenohohi (brother) Amatsuhikone (brother) Ikutsuhikone (brother) Kumanokusubi (brother) Hinohayahi Hinohayahi is a Shinto deity mentioned in one alternative version of the Nihongi where he is born from Susano-o placing one of the jewels from his hair onto his left foot.1 Footnotes 1. Aston.[...]

Abura akago

Abura akago

Abura akago Abura akago (油赤子 – Oil Baby) is a type of Yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki by Toriyama Sekien. Stories of this child, seemingly drinking oil from a lantern can find it origins in the town known as Hacchō in the city of Ōtsu; historically this[...]

En no Ozunu

En no Ozunu

Period: Asuka Period Occupation: Religious Founder Family: Birth: 634? Death: 701? En no Ozunu En no Ozunu (役小角) lived during the Asuka Period, perhaps from 634-701AD. He was born with the name Kamo-no-e-no-kimi, but over his life he gathered many others such as En no Gyōja (役行者 En the pilgrim), Jinben[...]

Kaguya Hime

Kaguya Hime

Kaguya Hime Kaguya Hime (かぐや姫) is a Spirit who lives upon Mount Fuji. She is mentioned during the Folktale Princess Glory which can be found in the Shintōshū. In the tale, she learns of a lonely old couple who want a child and so disguises herself as a child, hiding[...]

Princess Glory

Princess Glory

See also: List of Folktales Princess Glory Princess Glory is a japanese folktale which can be found in the Shintōshū, this document coming form the 14th Century giving tales of various gods. The story is set during the reign of Emperor Yuryaku, the 21st Emperor from the Kofun Period and[...]

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Co-ordinates: 35°21′29″N, 138°43′52″E Region: Chūbu Region Prefecture: Shizuoka Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture. Height: 3,776m Mount Fuji Mount Fuji (富士山) is the tallest mountain in Japan, reaching a height of 3,776 meters. The mountain itself has 3 subsidiary volcanoes by the names of Komitake, Ko-Fuji and Shin-Fuji. Shin-Fuji being the most active[...]

Amatsumara

Amatsumara

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Blacksmithing. Family: – Amatsumara Amatsumara (One Eye of Heaven) (天津麻羅) is the Shinto deity of blacksmiths and acts as the smith of Heaven. Mentioned in the Kojiki, after Amaterasu hides herself in the Sacred Rock Cave, he is asked to come forth and help them figure[...]

Tokoyo

Tokoyo

Tokoyo Tokoyo (Everworld) is a mythological land mentioned in the Kojiki. The area is said to have cockerals which were gathered by Omoikane as one of the various ways to try and coax Amaterasu out of the Heavenly Rock Cave after she hides inside of it. This mythical paradise is[...]

Omoikane

Omoikane

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Advisor of Heaven. Family: – Omoikane Omoikane, (思兼 / 思金) also known as Tokoyo-no-omoi-kane is a deity from Shinto mythology mentioned in both the Kojiki and Nihongi.12 Once Amaterasu flees into the Sacred Rock Cave and the sun disapears from Heaven and Earth, this deity is[...]

Ama no Iwato

Ama no Iwato

Ama no Iwato Ama no Iwato (天岩戸, Sacred Rock Cave) is a sacred and important cave in Shinto mythology. This rock cave surrounds the story of Amaterasu and Susano-o after he scares her causing her to flee into the rock cave.123 Due to Amaterasu hiding here, the sun disappeared from[...]

Takehiratori

Takehiratori

Affiliation: Shinto Diety of: – Family: Amenohohi (father) Takehiratori Takehiratori (Brave Hinterland Bird1) (建比良鳥) is a Shinto deity mentioned in both the Kojiki and Nihongi.12 The deity also goes by the names of Amanohinatori and Takehinateri.2 He is said to be the son of Amenohohi  and became the ancestor for the[...]

Hyūga Province

Hyūga Province

See also: Provinces Hyūga Province Hyūga Province (日向国) also known as Himuka Province1 is an old Province of Japan, located in modern day Miyazaki Prefecture.2 The mythical river known as the Tachibana River where Izanagi cleansed himself after visiting Yomi is said to have been located here.1 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro.[...]

Hōki Province

Hōki Province

See also: List of Provinces Hōki Province Hōki Province (伯耆国), also known as Hahaki Province1 was an old province of Japan. It is now located in modern day Tōttori Prefecture.2 The border between this Province and Izumo Province is said to be the location of the burial of the Goddess[...]

Amenotajikarao

Amenotajikarao

Affiliation: Shinto Diety of: – Family: – Amenotajikarao Amenotajikarao (天手力男神 / 天手力雄神) is mentioned as the Shinto Spirit who places himself outside of the Sacred Rock Cave in Heaven after Amaterasu hides herself inside. After Ameno Uzume causes Amaterasu to peer out of the cave in interest, Amenotajikarao grabs her[...]

Koshi Province

Koshi Province

See also: List of Provinces Koshi Province Koshi Province (越国) was an old Province of Japan. It is said the inhabitants of this area were of foreign origins, from Manchuria and Korea. These people were known as Koshi-bito.1 Mythical Associations The area known as the Tsutsu Cape located here is[...]

Izumo Province

Izumo Province

See also: List of Provinces Izumo Province Izumo Province (出雲国), also known as Unshū (雲州), was an old Province of Japan, located in what is now Shimane Prefecture.1 It formed one of the eight Provinces of the San’indō.12 The Province was formed of several districts, two known as Ou and[...]

Kii Province

Kii Province

See also: List of Provinces Kii Province Kii Province (紀伊国) was an old Province of Japan, located in what is now Wakayama and Mie Prefecture.1 In the Nihongi the Goddess Izanami is said to have been buried in this Province in the village of Arima.2 Footnotes 1. Louis Frederic, translated by[...]

Ōtoshi no Kyaku

Ōtoshi no Kyaku

See also: List of Folktales Ōtoshi no Kyaku Ōtoshi no Kyaku (大年の客 – The New Years Eve Visitor) is a group of Japanese folktales centered around the New Year. The general theme of these tales is that a vistor (or divine being known as a Toshinigami) will come on New[...]

Sagoromo Monogatari

Sagoromo Monogatari

Sagoromo Monogatari Sagoromo Monogatari (狭衣物語) is a monogatari written between 1069 and 1081. The author of this piece remains unknown but it is generally thought to have been composed by Seji. You can find strong influences in this text from the ‘Uji Chapter’ of the Tale of Genji, with the[...]

Ushinotoki-mairi

Ushinotoki-mairi

Ushinotoki-mairi Ushinotoki-mairi (丑時参 – Hour of the Ox) is a type of phenomenon depicted in the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki by Toriyama Sekien. The hour of the ox is not really a Yōkai but relates to a period of time when cursing is at its most powerful. This ‘Hour of[...]

Shiki and Kyaku

Shiki and Kyaku

Shiki and Kyaku Shiki and Kyaku (Admnistrative/Ceremonial Procedures and Penal Codes) are two different types of legal documents made to implement the laws of the late 7th and early 8th centuries. The first Shiki and Kyaku were completed in the Kōnin Era, the second in the Jōgan Era. The Engi[...]

Kumanokusubi

Kumanokusubi

Affiliation: Shinto Diety of: – Family: Amaterasu (mother) Amenooshihomimi (brother) Amenohohi (brother) Amatsuhikone (brother) Ikutsuhikone (brother) Hinohayahi (brother) Kumanokusubi Kumanokusubi (Wonder Worker of Bear Moors) is a son of Amaterasu, he was the fifth and final born from the Jewels in Amaterasu’s hair after being chewed and spat out by Susano-o. This[...]

Ikutsuhikone

Ikutsuhikone

Affiliation: Shinto Diety of: – Family: Amaterasu (mother) Amenooshihomimi (brother) Amenohohi (brother) Amatsuhikone (brother) Kumanokusubi (brother) Hinohayahi (brother) Ikutsuhikone Ikutsuhikone (Lively Little Lad) is a son of Amaterasu, he was the fourth born from the Jewels in Amaterasu’s hair after being chewed and spat out by Susano-o. This is related in[...]

Amatsuhikone

Amatsuhikone

Affiliation: Shinto Diety of: – Family: Amaterasu (mother) Amenooshihomimi (brother) Amenohohi (brother) Ikutsuhikone (brother) Kumanokusubi (brother) Hinohayahi (brother) Amatsuhikone Amatsuhikone (Little lad of Heaven) is a son of Amaterasu, he was the third born from the Jewels in Amaterasu’s hair after being chewed and spat out by Susano-o. This is related[...]

Amenohohi

Amenohohi

Affiliation: Shinto Diety of: – Family: Amaterasu (mother) Amenooshihomimi (brother) Amatsuhikone (brother) Ikutsuhikone (brother) Kumanokusubi (brother) Hinohayahi (brother) Amenohohi Amenohohi (Majestic Rice Ears of Heaven) is a son of Amaterasu, he was the second born from the Jewels in Amaterasu’s hair after being chewed and spat out by Susano-o. This[...]

Amenooshihomimi

Amenooshihomimi

Affiliation: Shinto Diety of: – Family: Amaterasu (mother) Amenohohi (brother) Amatsuhikone (brother) Ikutsuhikone (brother) Kumanokusubi (brother) Hinohayahi (brother) Amenooshihomimi Amenooshihomimi (Ruling Rice Ears of Heaven) also known as Masa-katsu-a-katsu-kachi-haya-hi-ame-no-oshi-ho-mimi (Truly Winning Have I Won with Rushing Might Ruling Grand Rice Ears of Heaven) is a son of Amaterasu, he was[...]

Hashi-Hime

Hashi-Hime

Hashi-Hime Hashi-Hime (橋姫) is a is a is a type of Yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki by Toriyama Sekien. Notes by Sekien state this creature has a shrine next to the Uji Bridge in Yamashiro Province. Tales of her can be found in the Tale of the[...]

Takitsuhime

Takitsuhime

Affiliation: Shinto Diety of: Munakata. Family: Susano-o (father) Takiribime (sister) Ichikishimahime (sister) Takisuhime Takisuhime (Lady Seething Torrent) is a Shinto Deity and one of the Spirits of Munakata. She is the third of three sisters born from the sword of Susano-o after being chewed up and spat out by Amaterasu according[...]

Ichikishimahime

Ichikishimahime

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Munakata. Family: Susano-o (father) Takiribime (sister) Takitsuhime (sister) Ichikishimahime Ichikishimahime (Lady Consecrated Isle) also known as Sayoribime (Lady Summons Spirit) is a Shinto kami and one of the kami of Munakata. She is the second of three sisters born from the sword of Susano-o after being[...]

Takiribime

Takiribime

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Munakata. Family: Susano-o (father) Ichikishimahime (sister) Takitsuhime (sister) Takiribime Takiribime (Lady Mist), also known as Okitsushimahime (Lady Offshore Isle) is a Shinto kami and one of the kami of Munakata. She is the first of three sisters born from the sword of Susano-o after being chewed[...]

Amenohatorihime

Amenohatorihime

Affiliation: Shinto Diety of: Weaving? Family: – Amenohatorihime Amenohatorihime (Weaver Woman of Heaven) is a deity from Shinto Mythology. In the Kojiki it is said she was weaving in the weaving hall of Heaven with Amaterasu when Susano-o threw a pie-bald colt which had been flayed backwards from its tail[...]

Mikuratana

Mikuratana

Affiliation: Shinto Diety of: Rice? Family: Izanagi (original owner) Amaterasu (wearer) Mikuratana Mikuratana (Mighty Storehouse Shelf) is a Spirit from Shinto mythology. She is a divine necklace, given by Izanagi to his daughter Amaterasu before she ascends to rule Heaven, this is related in the Kojiki. Within the Nihongi she[...]

Heaven

Heaven

Heaven This page about Heaven serves to bring together information we have gathered relating to the various ‘Heaven’s’ from different religions in Japan. As we gather more information this page may be broken down into seperate pages. Takamagahara – Shinto Takamagahara (高天原) is the Shinto version of Heaven. Its origins[...]

Mino Province

Mino Province

See also: List of Provinces Mino Province Mino Province (美濃国) also known as Nōshū (濃州) was an old Province of Japan, located in what is now Gifu Prefecture. It is included as one of the eight Provinces which made up the Tōsandō Region. It is well known for its Mino[...]

Amekumabito

Amekumabito

Amekumabito Amekumabito is a Shinto Spirit mentioned in the Nihongi. She is tasked with going to the body of Ukemochi, by Amaterasu, after Tsukiyomi has killed her. Upon the body of Ukemochi she finds and brings back from her body ox, horse, millet, silkworm, panic, rice, wheat, large beans and smalls[...]

Ukemochi

Ukemochi

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: ??? Ukemochi Ukemochi (保食神) was a Shinto Spirit, mentioned in the Nihongi, that dwelt upon Japan. Amaterasu learns of her existence and so sends her brother Tsukiyomi to go and attend her. Upon his arrival she turns her head towards the land causing boiled mouth[...]

Road Wardens of Yomi

Road Wardens of Yomi

Road Wardens of Yomi The Road Wardens of Yomi are a collection of beings mentioned in one alternative version of the Nihongi are a residents of Yomi. In this version they appear at the Even Pass of Yomi after Izanagi has fled from his wife after seeing her rotting body. They[...]

Kukurihime

Kukurihime

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: ?? Kukurihime Kukurihime (菊理媛神) is a Shinto Spirit who appears in one alternative version of the Nihongi. She appear to Izanagi after he has left his wife in Yomi and divorced her. The Nihongi says that this Spirit says something enjoyable to Izanagi and then[...]

Yomotsukotosakanoo

Yomotsukotosakanoo

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: Izanagi (father) Yomotsukotosakanoo Yomotsukotosakanoo is a Shinto deity mentioned within an alternative text of the Nihongi. It states that this Spirit came into being after Izanagi and Izanami departed and divorced each other in Yomi. Izanagi ‘purifies himself’ which produces the Spirit Yomotsukotosakanoo, this is[...]

Hayatamanoo

Hayatamanoo

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: Izanagi (father?)   Hayatamanoo Hayatamanoo is a Shinto deity mentioned within an alternative text of the Nihongi. It states that this Spirit came into being after Izanagi and Izanami departed and divorced each other in Yomi. Izanagi then spits on the ground which produces this Spirit[...]

Iwatsutsunome

Iwatsutsunome

Affiliation: Shinto Deity of: Family: Kagutsuchi (father) Iwatsutsunoo (brother) Iwatsutsunome Iwatsutsunome (Stone Mallet Woman?) is a Shinto Spirit, said to have come into existence from the blood of Kagutsuchi after he was beheaded by the sword Itsunoohabari. This is only mentioned in one ‘alternative’ version of the Nihongi where she[...]

Tachibana River

Tachibana River

Tachibana River The Tachibana River, though its modern day location is unknown, is said to have historically been located in the area known as ‘Awaki‘ in Himuka Province. Due to this it would have been located in modern day Miyazaki Prefecture. This is the river mentioned in both the Kojiki[...]

Tsukiyomi

Tsukiyomi

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: The Moon Family: Izanami? (mother) Izanagi (father) Susano-o (brother) Amaterasu (sister) Tsukiyomi Tsukiyomi (月読) is the moon kami in Shinto mythology, brother to Amaterasu and Susano-o. Birth According to both the Kojiki and the Nihongi this kami was born from Izanagi after cleansing himself from the[...]

Wamiōsho

Wamiōsho

Wamiōsho The Wamiōsho is an old Japanese text. Within its pages it gives the Eight Ugly Females of Yomi the name ‘Gogome’, saying that their names were invoked as a kind of ‘bogey men’ to scare children.1 Footnotes 1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the[...]