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Yomotsu Hirasaka, Path to the Japanese Underworld 

If you will remember from our mythology series, Izanami had died giving birth to the god of fire. Grief stricken by...

Suga Shrine: the birth place of Japanese Poem

Suga Shrine [須賀神社] is a little off the beaten path. While the first two shrines we have visited during our...

Yaegaki Jinja: A Shrine for True Love

While many people visit Izumo Taisha to find their true love, there is another famous love shrine in Shimane. Yaegaki...

Izumo Taisha: Must See Spots

It is very easy to spend a couple hours in Izumo Taisha. Aside from the main shrine, there are plenty...

Izumo Taisha: Meeting Place of The Gods

Finally! After all that mythology, we are finally ready to go to Izumo! This is a place we have really...

Oh Gods! The Life and Times Of Okuninushi

Okuninushi no Mikoto is essentially the Japanese god of civilization. Though he is the god of many other things, such...

Oh Gods! The Tale of Okuninushi and Princess Suseri

Oh Gods! The Tale of Okuninushi and Princess Suseri

Rather than a stand alone myth, this story instead is a continuation of the events in the Rabbit of Inaba....

Oh Gods! Okuninushi and the Rabbit of Inaba

Oh Gods! Okuninushi and the Rabbit of Inaba

Continuing our segment on Japanese mythology, we arrive at another popular story, the Rabbit of Inaba. Most people in Japan...

Oh Gods! Susano-o and Yamata no Orochi

Oh Gods! Susano-o and Yamata no Orochi

One of the most epic myths in the Kojiki is the Legend of Yamata no Orochi. The climax of this...

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