Enter the world of Kagaya-hime, a sometime woman warrior, occasional philosopher, and reluctant confidante to noblemen--who may or may not be a figment of the imagination of an aging empress who is embarking on the last journey of her life, setting aside the trappings of court life and reminiscing on the paths that lead her to death. For she is a being who started her journey on the kami, the spirit road, as a humble tortoiseshell feline.
Without her fudoki--self and soul and home and shrine--she alone cannot keep the power of her clan together. And she cannot join another fudoki, because although she might be able to win a place within another clan, to do so would mean that she would cease to be herself. So a small cat begins an extraordinary journey. Along the way she will attract the attention of old and ancient powers. Gods who are curious about this creature newly come to Japan's shores, and who choose to give the tortoiseshell a human shape.
A story within a story, somewhat related to her other book, The Fox Woman. A dying princess fills her last notebooks before she is to be moved to a convent.
She tells the story of a cat that has lost Recorded in the 8th century Izumo-no-Kuni Fudoki as the birthplace of Sada-no-Okami , primary deity at the influential Sada Shrine , it is only accessible by boat. I had to settle for seeing the outside and imagining the supposedly wonderous view of light from the inside. It seems the best time of year to go is during a short period of time in midsummer when there are special sunrise tours to see the sun rise through the view of the hole. Maybe if I had just been a little more patient…. Continued from Part 1 This is not a joke I made up.
It states in the legend that the wrong bow came back first, yet no one seems to find this odd after her brazen declaration. That concludes the Fudoki specials! The next story, cutting back to the Kojiki plot, will be the final one in this series. Learn about the sites associated with this legend!
Or start reading the next story! Amaterasu demands that Okuninushi give up his land. Or see the Kojiki a. The Kojiki Myths in Manga Form.
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This is the legend of a spot in northern Matsue, along the coast of the Sea of Japan. Recall how they rescued crispy Onamuji. To be continued…. As many cultural innovations entered Japan from the Asian continent through this area, this name makes some sense.
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Hideki Yukawa , the first Japanese recipient of the Nobel Prize, took it a bit further and said that Mihonoseki , the Cape of Miho at the northeast end of Shimane Prefecture, is where one can find the roots of the Japanese soul. According to another Fudoki legend, the Cape of Miho was literally taken off the tip of the Noto Peninsula and dragged through the Sea of Japan and attached to the Shimane Peninsula.
These myths, as well as archeological evidence, suggest there were strong ties between ancient Izumo and ancient Koshi. After city mergers, Mihonoseki became a district of Matsue City, the capital of Shimane Prefecture technically, Mihonoseki-cho. It happens to border another district within the city called Shimane-cho. Specifically, who or what are these local deities and how are they related?!
The Kojiki was completed in , and was a mash of clan myths from around Japan mainly compiled by a nobleman named O-no-Yasumaro. In addition to geographical, economic, and ecological data, the Fudoki also expanded on Shinto mythology. Of them, only the records of Izumo Province remain mostly intact today. A few years later, in , the Nihonshoki was finished.
This had more of a national history textbook approach and political basis with a different sort of mash of writing in Chinese style. It also included Shinto mythology, and O-no-Yasumaro likely contributed a lot to this project. However, there are some differences, and many of the same gods are recorded under different names than were used for them in the Kojiki.
Jump ahead about nine or ten centuries, and Shinto evolved into something almost indistinguishable from Buddhism in general practice.
Many famous Shinto deities merged with Buddhist deities, many of which had Chinese or Indian origin. Ebisu, however, is the only Lucky God who is native to Japan, supposedly born without outside cultural influence. Good for him, at least we have that much straight. Besides the story that he washed up to shore thereby implying having come from somewhere else anyway?
Other stories about his traits are also very inconsistent. However, it is also said that Ebisu is a god of music because he loves a good jam. Which is it? As Japan has fishing villages just about everywhere, Ebisu is a favorite and highly revered god throughout Japan.
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He is known as a traveling god who spontaneously washes up on shore sometimes in forms we would think not-so-lucky, like drowned corpses to bless the local fishing industry. At the very least, we can say with some confidence that he enjoys fishing. Mihonoseki boasts of a favorite fishing spot of his, a tiny island off the very eastern tip of the peninsula now called Jizo Cape, where the historic Mihonoseki Lighthouse stands. On a clear day you can see both the Oki Islands and Mt.
Daisen and there, and it is also said to be the spot at which he first washed up to the islands of Japan. Hence, Miho Shrine is located nearby. Given the now inseverable connections with Daikoku and Ebisu, it is known as katamairi visiting only one side when you pay a visit to either Izumo Taisha to the west or Miho Shrine to the east, but ryomairi visiting both sides when you double your luck by visiting both. I just wanted to point out that Koshi is hardly limited to modern-day Ishikawa Prefecture.
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It also covered what is now Fukui, Toyama and Niigata Prefectures, hence why the latter three were later called Echizen, Ecchuu and Echigo. Nunakawa-hime Nunagawa-hime is actually from what is now Niigata Prefecture. Many shrines in the Itoigawa are dedicated to her, her husband, and their son, including Nunagawa Shrine, Nou Hakusan Shrine, and countless Suwa Shrines. Ginger has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes across many cultures, and Japan is no exception. The Fudoki were like encyclopedias of every region of Japan, and were a massive project.
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Despite the years of work poured into them, most have been lost or are largely incomplete. Only the Izumo-no-Kuni Fudoki is mostly intact, so we know about 8th century life in this region in the most detail and on that note, the Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo , near Izumo Taisha, is a must-see for ancient history nerds. In addition to heating properties, I also drink ginger tea to soothe my throat after days of relentless interpreting or going all-out at karaoke. It tastes a little strong to drink ginger tea straight and it takes some getting used to, but I am a big fan of the local brands—they are so much more potent than the generic ones!
You only have to drink it once when you have a bad cold to be a believer. This is because Izumo Ginger—more properly referring to as Shussai Shouga—is like ginger with a power-up in both health and taste. This might make you think of a burly root that looks like a body builder, but it more so resembles a young maiden. The color is fair and the fibers are finer than they are in other types of ginger, making for a softer texture when used in recipes.
No one knows for sure why the ginger grown around this spot is super ginger in a pretty package.