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The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, in Japanese known as the Taketori Monogatari (竹取物語) is one of the famous folktales from Japan. Synopsis There was an old man and woman who had no child. He would go every day and cut bamboo and made[...]

Divine Treasures

Divine Treasures

See also: Sacred Regalia Divine Treasures Divine Treasures appear to be some form of previous items gifted to Japan or brought to Japan by kami in the distant past. Reign of Sujin Under the rule of this Emperor there is made mention of Sacred Treasures which had been brought to[...]

Sarudabiko

Sarudabiko

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: – Family: Otanomikoto (descendant) Sarudabiko Sarudabiko (猿田毘古大神 / 猿田彦大神) is a Japanese kami said to be the ancestor of Otanomikoto.1 Footnotes 1. Varley, H.P (1980) “A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns: Jinnō Shōtōki of Kitabatake Chikafusa.” New York: Columbia University Press.[...]

Otanomikoto

Otanomikoto

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: Sarudabiko (ancestor) Birth: – Death: – Otanomikoto Otanomikoto also known as Okitama was a man mentioned within the Jinnō Shōtōki. He is said to have been a descendant of Sarudabiko and met with Yamatohime. During the establishment of the area to be used for the[...]

Yamatohime

Yamatohime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess / Established the Ise Shrine Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Hibasuhime (mother) Emperor Keikō (brother) Inishikinoiribiko (brother) Ohonakatsuhiko (brother) Wakakiiribiko (brother) Birth: – Death: – Yamatohime Yamatohime (倭比売命 / 倭姫命) was the daughter of Emperor Suinin and Hibasuhime and is creditted with the establishment of the Ise Grand Shrine.1[...]

Amenohihoko

Amenohihoko

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Mata no wo (wife) Tajima Mori (son) Kiyohiko (great-grandson) Birth: – Death: – Amenohihoko Amenohihoko/Amanohihoko (天之日矛) was a prince from Silla who visit Japan during the 3rd year of Emperor Suinin’s reign, it is said he decided to dwell in the land of Tajima[...]

Kihisatsumi

Kihisatsumi

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: – Family: – Birth: – Death: – Kihisatsumi Kihisatsumi is said to have been the ancestor of the Representatives of Izumo. During the events surrounding trying to get Prince Homutsuwake to learn to speak it is said he made a mountain adorned with green leaves and[...]

Homutsuwake

Homutsuwake

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Sahobime (mother) Hinagahime (wife) Birth: – Death: – Homutsuwake Homutsuwake (誉津別命) was the son of Emperor Suinin and Sahobime.123 Birth Nihongi Version Homutsuwake was born prior to the assassination attempt on his father’s life by his mother. His mother, mourning that[...]

Oshiroibaba

Oshiroibaba

Oshiroibaba Oshiroibaba (白粉婆 – Face Powder Hag) is a type of yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi. This creature is said to be the handmaiden of the kami for beni and oshiroi (lipstick and facepowder) by the name of Jifun-senjō. In his depiction of this creature Sekien partly quotes[...]

Ise Province

Ise Province

See also: Provinces Izumi Province Ise Province (伊勢国) was one of the many provinces in Japan. Legendary Period During the reign of Emperor Suinin his daughter Yamatohime is entrusted with the care of Amaterasu. She goes searching for a place to enshrine Amaterasu travelling through Sasahata in Uda, then Mino[...]

Ihiirine

Ihiirine

For the member of the Imperial Family see: Irine For the ancestor of the Haji Clan see: Iirine Period: Legendery Period Occupation: – Family: Izumo Furune (brother) Umashikarahisa (brother) Birth: – Death: – Ihiirine Ihiirine (飯入根) was the brother of Izumo Furune and Umashikarahisa. He gives over some sacred treasures[...]

Izumo Furune

Izumo Furune

Period: Legendery Period Occupation: – Family: Ihiirine (brother) Umashikarahisa (brother) Birth: – Death: – Izumo Furune Izumo Furune (出雲振根) was a man who resided over the Izumo Shrine, and the Sacred Treasures there that had once been brought to earth by the kami Takehiratori. He is said to have been[...]

Takemorosumi

Takemorosumi

Period: Legendery Period Occupation: – Family: – Birth: – Death: – Takemorosumi Takemorosumi (武諸隅命) is mentioned during the reign of Emperor Sujin. He is sent by the Emperor to Izumo Shrine to retrieve Sacred Treasures that had once been brought to earth by the kami Takehiratori. He is said to[...]

Ichishinonagaochi

Ichishinonagaochi

Period: Legendery Period Occupation: Shinto Priest Family: – Birth: – Death: – Ichishinonagaochi Ichishinonagaochi is someone we see mentioned in the nihongi during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Ohominakuchino Sukune alongside Yamatototokamiasachihara Maguhashihime both had dreams saying that Ohotataneko needed to be placed as head priest of Ohomonomushi and Ichishinonagaochi as[...]

Ohominakuchino Sukune

Ohominakuchino Sukune

Period: Legendery Period Occupation: – Family: – Birth: – Death: – Ohominakuchino Sukune Ohominakuchino Sukune was a person mentioned in the nihongi during the reign of Emperor Sujin. He is said to have had a dream alongside Yamatototokamiasachihara Maguhashihime saying that Ohotataneko needed to be placed as head priest of Ohomonomushi and[...]

Yamatototokamiasachihara Maguhashihime

Yamatototokamiasachihara Maguhashihime

Period: Legendery Period Occupation: – Family: – Birth: – Death: – Yamatototokamiasachihara Maguhashihime Yamatototokamiasachihara Maguhashihime was a person mentioned in the nihongi during the reign of Emperor Sujin. She is said to have had a dream alongside Ohominakuchino Sukune saying that Ohotataneko needed to be placed as head priest of Ohomonomushi[...]

Mount Miwa

Mount Miwa

Co-ordinates: 34° 32′ 6″ N, 135° 52′ 0″ E Region: Kansai Region Prefecture: Nara Prefecture Height: 467.1m Mount Miwa Mount Miwa (三輪山, Miwa-yama) also known as Mount Mimoro (三諸山, Mimoro-yama) is a mountain located in Nara Prefecture. Name Notation in the kojiki says that tname ‘Mi wa’ comes from the three twists of hemp from the tale[...]

Suyetsumimi

Suyetsumimi

Period: Legendery Period Occupation: – Family: Ikutamayoribime (daughter) Birth: – Death: – Suyetsumimi Suyetsumimi was the father of Ikutamayoribime.123 When his daughter became pregnant he thought she had conceived by herself, however, she said she had not. So they devised a way to find out who the father was. He instructed[...]

Ikutamayoribime

Ikutamayoribime

Period: Legendery Period Occupation: – Family: Ōkuninushi (husband) Suyetsumimi (father) Kushimigata (son) Ohotataneko (son?) Birth: – Death: – Ikutamayoribime Ikutamayoribime (活玉依毘売) was a woman who became pregnant from Ōkuninushi and together they had Kushimigata (ancestor to Ohotataneko23). It is said she was the daughter of Suyetsumimi.123 The kojiki tells us[...]

Kushimigata

Kushimigata

Period: Legendery Period Occupation: – Family: Ihigatasumi (son) Ōkuninushi (father) Ikutamayoribime (mother) Birth: – Death: – Kushimigata Kushimigata (櫛御方命) is said to have been the father of Ihigatasumi and child of Ōkuninushi and Ikutamayoribime. This is related in the kojiki.12 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An[...]

Ohotataneko

Ohotataneko

Period: Legendery Period Occupation: Shinto Priest Family: Ōkuninushi (ancestor) See ancestry below Birth: – Death: – Ohotataneko Ohotataneko (大田田根子) was a man who later became a prominent Shinto Priest in his lifetime do to the intervention of the kami Ōkuninushi. Ancestry The nihongi states that he is the son of Ōkuninushi[...]

Nunakinobime

Nunakinobime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess Family: Emperor Sujin (father) Ohoamahime (mother) Ohohiriki (brother) Tohochinoiribime (sister) Yasakanoiribiko (brother) Birth: – Death: – Nunakinobime Nunakinobime (渟名城入姫命) was the daughter of Emperor Sujin and Ohoamahime.123 The nihongi relates that when the Emperor seperated the worship of Amaterasu and Ōkuninushi, Ōkuninushi was placed under her care.[...]

Fudoki

Fudoki

Fudoki Fudoki (風土記) are ancient records concerning the old provinces of Japan. These records being ordered by Empress Genmei in 713AD.1 Surviving Examples The most substantial ones which have survived at the Bungo Fudoki, Harima Fudoki, Hitachi Fudoki, Hizen Fudoki and Izumo Fudoki, with the Izumo version the only one[...]

Stars

Stars

Stars This page serves to list anything relating to the Stars in Japanese History. Orion Orion (オリオン大星雲) is associated with the kami Uhatsutsuo, Nakatsutsuo and Sokotsutsunoo. And they are invoked in Hymn 26.1 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia[...]

Toyosukiiribime

Toyosukiiribime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess Family: Emperor Sujin (father) Tohotsunoayumemekuhashi (mother) Toyokiiribiko (brother) Birth: – Death: – Toyosukiiribime Toyosukiiribime (豊鍬入姫命) was the daughter of Emperor Sujin and Tohotsunoayumemekuhashi. The kojiki states that she was High Priestess at the Ise Grand Shrine.12 The Jinnō Shōtōki states that during the reign of Sujin,[...]

Amenomikage

Amenomikage

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: – Family: Okinaganomidzuyorihime (daughter) Amenomikage Amenomikage (天之御影神) was a Shinto kami and father to Okinaganomidzuyorihime. It is said he was reverred by the priests of Mikami in Chikatsu Afumi.12 His name is used as a epitaph in the Hymns for shrines and palaces.1 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O,[...]

Okinaganomidzuyorihime

Okinaganomidzuyorihime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Concubine Family: Hikoimasu (husband) Tanika no hiko Tatatsumichinoushi (son) Midzuhonomawaka (son) Kamuohone (son) Midzuhonoihoyorihime (daughter) Mimitsuhime (daughter) Amenomikage (father) Birth: – Death: – Okinaganomidzuyorihime Okinaganomidzuyorihime (息長水依比売命) was married to Hikoimasu and together they had 5 children. These being Tanika no hiko Tatatsumichinoushi, Midzuhonomawaka, Kamuohone, Midzuhonoihoyorihime, Mimitsuhime. She[...]

Unakami

Unakami

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Ohōmata (father) Aketatsu (brother) Birth: – Death: – Unakami Unakami (菟上王) was the son of Ohōmata. He is said to have been the ancestor of the Himeda no kimi. He accompanies the Prince Homutsuwake and his brother Aketatsu to pay respects at the shrine of Ōkuninushi[...]

Aketatsu

Aketatsu

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Prince Family: Ohōmata (father) Unakami (brother) Birth: – Death: – Aketatsu Aketatsu (曙立王) was the son of Ohōmata. He is said to have been the ancestor of the Homujibe no kimi and the Ise no Sana no miyatsuko. We see him later mentioned in the kojiki during[...]

Dragons

Dragons

Dragons Currently this page will aim to serve as a place to gather the different Dragons on the website. Further down the line we will change this page to include the imagery and culture behind them in Japan. Currently we have the following Dragons listed on the site: Yamato no[...]

Awa Province

Awa Province

See also: List of Provinces Awa Province Awa Province (阿波国) was one of the many provinces of Japan. According to the kojiki the kami Ōgetsuhime dwelt here.1 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.[...]

Iyo Province

Iyo Province

See also: List of Provinces Iyo Province Iyo Province (伊予国) was one of the many provinces of Japan. Branches of the Date Clan are known to have controlled the Yoshida and Uwajima Domains in this province.1 The kojiki states that this place is inhabited by the kami Ehime. Heian Period[...]

Sanuki Province

Sanuki Province

See also: List of Provinces Sanuki Province Sanuki Province (讃岐国) was one of the many provinces of Japan. The kojiki states it is inhabited by the kami Iiyorohiko.3 Heian Period In 866AD we see Sugawara no Michizane appointed as Governor of this province. A position which he held for 4[...]

Kibi Province

Kibi Province

See also: Provinces Kibi Province Kibi Province (吉備国) was one of the many provinces in Japan. Legendary Period According to one tale in the Nihongi, Susano-o killed the dragon Yamata no Orochi using the blade Orochi no Karasabi. This sword was eventually given into the care of the Kambe of[...]

Aki Province

Aki Province

See also: Provinces Aki Province Aki Province (安藝國/安芸国) was one of the many provinces in Japan. Legendary Period According to one version of events in the Nihongi, the kami Susano-o comes to the River Ye, in Aki Province. Here he meets Ashi-nadzu-te-nadzu and his wife Inada no Miya-nushi Susa no[...]

Kawachi Province

Kawachi Province

See also: Provinces Kawachi Province Kawachi Province (河内国) was one of the many provinces in Japan. It is now included in Osaka. Haji Clan From information inside of the nihongi we know that members of the Haji Clan dwelt here. After the dissolution of the Haji Clan and their connections[...]

Izumi Province

Izumi Province

See also: Provinces Izumi Province Izumi Province (和泉国) was one of the many provinces in Japan. It is now included in Osaka. The Engi Shiki list shrines to the kami Ameno Futodama here1 with the Shinsen Shōjiroku stating the Haji Clan dwelt in this province amongst others.2 Reign of Emperor[...]

Yamatotohime

Yamatotohime

Period: Legendary Period Occupation: Princess Family: Emperor Kōgen (father) Uchishikome (mother) Emperor Kaika (brother) Ohobiko (brother) Birth: – Death: – Yamatotohime Yamatotohime (倭迹迹姫命) was the daughter of Emperor Kōgen and Uchishikome and so was the sister of Ohobiko and Emperor Kaika. She is also given the name of Yamatotohimomosobime1. She does not[...]

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 Kami 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 Kami 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[...]

Kabane System

Kabane System

Kabane System The Kabane System was a system of division between different clans (uji). It was also known as the Shisei system and developed from the interchange of ideas from Paekche. This system saw to it that the uji would give the imperial monarch needed services as well as acting to[...]

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[...]

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 kami Amenohohi in the 12[...]

Iirine

Iirine

For the member of the Imperial Family see: Irine For the man from Izumo see: Ihiirine 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[...]

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 kami 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 Kami of: Family: Mizokuhi (wife) Himetatara Isuzuhime (daughter) Isuzuyorihime (daughter) Kamo no Ōkimi (son) Kotoshironushi Kotoshironushi (事代主神) is a Shinto kami 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 Kami 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 kami said in one version of the Nihongi to have been the daughter of Ōmiwa. In another version she is[...]

Sukunabikona

Sukunabikona

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Family: Takamimusuhi (father) Sukunabikona Sukunabikona (少彦名神) is a Shinto kami 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) Yamatotohime (wife) Ikutamayoribime (wife) Kushimigata (son) Ohotataneko (descendant) Ōkuninushi Ōkuninushi (大国主神 – Great Land Master1) is a Shinto kami. Family The kojiki states he is the son of Amenofuyukinu and Sashikuniwakahime, due to this he is a decendant of Susano-o.1[...]

Sashikuniō

Sashikuniō

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Family: Sashikuniwakahime (daughter) Sashikuniō Sashikuniō (刺国大神 – Land Marker Parent) is a Shinto kami 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 Kami of: Family: Ōyamatsumi (father) Yashimajinumi (husband) Fuwanomojikunusunu (son) Konohanachiruhime Konohanachiruhime (木花知流比売 – Lady Tree Blossoms Scattering) is a Shinto kami 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 Kami 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 kami 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[...]

Suganoyuyamanushi Mitsunasarohikoyamaashino

Suganoyuyamanushi Mitsunasarohikoyamaashino

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: – Family: Susano-o (father) Kushinadahime (mother) Suganoyuyamanushi Mitsunasarohikoyamaashino Suganoyuyamanushi Mitsunasarohikoyamaashino is a Shinto kami found mentioned in an alternative version of the Nihongi. Here he is stated to be the son of Kushinadahime and Susano-o, the only other thing mentioned about him is that Ōkuninushi was[...]

Kushinadahime

Kushinadahime

Affiliation: Shinto Kami 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 kami 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 Kami of: Trees? Family: Susano-o (father) Isotakeru (brother) Oyatsuhime (sister) Tsumatsuhime Tsumatsuhime is a Shinto kami 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 Kami 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 kami 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[...]

Isotakeru

Isotakeru

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: Trees? Family: Susano-o (father) Oyatsuhime (sister) Tsumatsuhime (sister) Isotakeru Isotakeru (五十猛神) is a Shinto kami 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 Kami 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 kami.1 Footnotes 1. Yasumaro. O, translated by[...]

Kamu Ōichihime

Kamu Ōichihime

Affiliation: Shinto Kami 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 Kami of: – Family: – Yamatsuchi Yamatsuchi is a Shinto kami 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 Kami of: – Family: Ishikoridome (creator) Hinomahe Hinomahe is a Shinto kami 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 Kami of: Family: Izanagi (father) Amenoakarudama Amenoakarudama is a Shinto kami 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 Under another name of[...]

Wakahirume

Wakahirume

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: – Family: Wakahirume Wakahirume (稚日女尊) is a Shinto kami 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[...]

Hiwashi

Hiwashi

Affiliation: Shinto Kami of: – Family: – Hiwashi Hiwashi (天日鷲神) is a Shinto kami 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 Kami of: – Family: Ameno Koyane (daughter) Nakatomi Clan Kogotomusuhi Kogotomusuhi is a Shinto kami 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 Kami 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 kami 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 Kami 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 kami 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 Kami of: – Family: Susano-o (father?) Amenooshihomimi (brother) Amenohohi (brother) Amatsuhikone (brother) Ikutsuhikone (brother) Kumanokusubi (brother) Hinohayahi Hinohayahi is a Shinto kami 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.[...]

Be

Be

Be See also: Court Titles, Imperial Titles, Provincial Titles, Uji, Sesshō and Kampaku Be (部) was the term used for groupings of people prior to the 7th Century who has associations to the Yamato Court or lineage groups (uji). The individual people in a ‘Be’ were known as ‘bumin.’ All[...]

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

For the member of the Imperial Family see: Kaguyahime. Kaguya Hime Kaguya Hime (かぐや姫)can relate to two different people in japanese folktales. The Bamboo Cutter In this particular folktale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, she is found as a small child inside of a piece of bamboo. After growing[...]