The creation story of Japan illustrated with Japanese Art. This video describes the birth of the gods Izanagi, Izamani, Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi, and Takehaya Susanoo, and why the emperor is believed to be divine.
The Japanese mythology "KOJIKI"
Izanagi was lost and confused with the beautiful Cerestial Sword.
What the hell can I do with it? What is a country in the first place?
He realised that they need the place to land on initially. There wasn't even an island and only weird things like oil or jellyfish were floating on the sea.
Izanagi took Izanami up to the Sky Bridge from where they could see Middle Earth. Since Izanami hadn't seen Middle Earth before, she got excited innocently.
Izanagi, look! Something strange is floating on the sea! It's disgusting, isn't it?
Izanagi was motivated and decided to stab the sea with the sword as Minakanushi had said.
They got close to the sea, plunged the sword into it and stirred the water cheerfully.
Then a little amount of salt dropped off from the sword, and crystallised into a small island. Izanagi got more excited because they could make an island more easily than he had expected. He wanted to name it.
Izanami, how about Onogoro island? Let's build our shrine here and live together!
Izanami totally agreed with his idea.
They made incredibly tall columns as if they could have reached the Celestial Plain. In the center of the columns they built a great shrine, the width of twelve metres. (They could everything with their miracle power, just because they were gods! I envy them.)
After the shrine was built, Izanagi asked Izanami one question.
You know, we were born at the same time, but I think our appearances are a little bit different. Is it just me or.
Do you know how you were born?
Hmm. I was born out of nowhere but.
Err. I haven't grown up well and something is still missing from my body.
Oh! I was also born out of nowhere, but I'd grown up too well and now something extra is attached on my body. I can't stop thinking about it. What do you think?
Izanagi seemed to be just curious, while Izanami had already known the fact. However she pretended not to know.
Then Izanagi made a good deduction.
Perhaps, something good would happen when my extra part complements your deficiency.
What!? Do you want to do that?
Izanami was confused with an unexpected situation.
There is nothing to do except what you say about complementing girl's part with boy's part.
She asked him just in case.
Don't you really know it? Didn't you hear about the details of sex from Kamumusubi?
What is making out? Please tell me now.
Izanagi looked annoyed. He didn't seem to know the fact.
Marriage? That sounds fun! It's like adults!
Sex is more adult thing, I presume.
Izanami thought so, but didn't mention anything.
If we can get married, the situation will be mine to control.
She prepared for the wedding ceremony in haste.
Soon after that, the first Japanese wedding ceremony was held.
Izanami wearing a gorgeous garment looked very happy. Izanagi admired her beauty but felt so nervous.
They were standing back to back in front of the sacred column. Izanagi went around the column clockwise, and Izanami did so counterclockwise. When they came up against each other Izanami said,
Wow! What a cool guy you are!
Izanagi replied awkwardly.
W. wh. what a lovely lady you are!
The ceremony was completed with just those few words.
Izanami looked very satisfied. On the other hand, Izanagi was baffled by this too simple wedding.
What? Is that all? I wonder if I had better off saying something first, hadn't I?
No worry. Now let's go to bed, shall we?
Izanami led him to their bedroom.
Wai. wait a minute. What are you thinking about?
It's not obvious for me. And what are you doing? Ju. just hold on please.
And then they enjoyed their first sex.
Soon after that, Izanami was pregnant and delivered a baby island.
Since the first island looked like a leech, she called it Baby-Leech. It wasn't a decent island. They gave up and flushed it with a small boat. The next island was disabled too. It was too fuzzy.
Izanami got depressed because she couldn't deliver healthy islands. She was silent at the corner of the room and created a gloomy atmosphere.
Izanagi suddenly said,
I have a good idea!
How about going back to the Celestial Plain?
Izanagi decided to go back home and ask Minakanushi what they should do in order to encourage Izanami.
Nice to see you again! How was your work?
MInakanushi welcomed them warmly. When he learned their problem, he picked up a deer's bone and torched it with a branch of cherry tree. It was the ancient fortune-telling called, Futomani. You can tell the future through the cracks of the bones. The smoke and aroma of cherry tree filled the room. Minakanushi asked them while checking the cracks,
Hmm. Izanami said first at the ceremony, didn't she?
As soon as she replied, lady Kamumusubi interrupted.
No! That wasn't good!
A man had to propose marriage!!
Now that they found out the reason why they couldn't have healthy babies, they thanked and went back to Onogoro Island. Minakanushi looked a little bit sad because he was interrupted by Kamumusubi.
(For your information, Minakanushi never appears again in the sequels.)
As soon as they arrived home, they did the ritual again. At this time Izanagi said first,
Wao! What a beautiful lady you are!
Wao! What a gorgeous man you are!
Then they slept together and succeeded in having many big islands one after another.
They called the first big island Awaji, i.e. fuzzy road, so as not to forget the small disabled island they had before.
Next great island was Shikoku, i.e. four countries. This baby had one body and four heads. So they named each head, Ehime, Ihiyori, Ohgetsu, and Takeyori.
Next were Oki and Kyusyu. Kyusyu also had four heads and each name was Shirahi, Toyohi, Himukai, and Takehi. Other than that, she delivered Iki, Tsushima, Sado, and Honsyu as well.
Izanami loved all of those islands and called them Ohyashima. She was glad to see that a country was about to made, but Izanagi wasn't.
No! It's small yet. It's toooooo small for people to live in!
Since he insisted strongly, they slept again and had some new islands Kibi, Syodo, Oshima, Hime, Shika, and Ryogo.
Izanagi is considered the father of the Japanese pantheon and is sometimes portrayed as a creator deity. Though the latter is not entirely accurate, it is true he is the father of many kami. Izanagi also defends against the forces of Yomi, and ensures there are more births than deaths each day in order to preserve his creation. He often wields Ame-no-nuboko, the heavenly jeweled spear with which he churned the primordial seas.
Another depiction of Izanagi and Izanami during the Kuniumi. Source Unknown
He is the father of many Shinto rituals as well, including marriage and misogi (禊). The latter ritual is central to Shinto beliefs and uses water to wash away impurities, such as the death and rot Izanagi encountered while in the underworld.
As father to the chief gods of Heaven, Izanagi was the original ruler of Heaven and trained his daughter Amaterasu to take the throne. While he still maintains some authority, Izanagi has bequeathed most of his power to Amaterasu, who now serves as the true ruler of Heaven.
Similar themes can be found throughout mythology and religion the world over. Many themes in Japanese mythology share striking similarities with other world mythology.
Let’s start with Izanami and Izanagi. The idea of the world being formless and chaotic is quite common, and Izanagi and Izanami’s creation of the world is similar to the story of Adam and Eve, in the sense that a male and female pair was necessary for creation, be it of the world itself or the people who would populate it.
After Izanami’s death, the reason she gives for not being able to go back with Izanagi is that she ate the food of the underworld. Persephone’s abduction by Hades in Greek mythology shares this idea that once food of the underworld is eaten, it affects the one who has eaten it. Because she had eaten three seeds of a pomegranate, Persephone has to spend three months out of every year in the underworld. During this time, Persephone’s mother Demeter, the goddess of the harvest , is sad and nothing will grow, which is how Greek mythology explained the existence of winter.
Izanagi’s quest to bring back Izanami from the underworld is very much like the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, although the endings differ greatly. Orpheus and Eurydice are greatly in love, but she is bitten by a viper and dies. Orpheus goes to Hades to bring her back, and through the power of his music, convinces Hades to let her go. Hades adds a condition, though he must not look back until he has left the underworld. Just as he is about to return to the land of the living, Orpheus looks back, fearing that the gods have tricked him, and Eurydice, who had been following behind him, is lost to him forever. Both tales show examples of how men are not the most patient creatures in the world.
Worship of the sun is also a common thread, from the Greek Apollo to the Egyptian Ra. The idea that the sun and moon are siblings, as the female Amaterasu and male Tsukuyomi are, is also matched in Greek mythology in the brother-sister pair of Apollo and Artemis.
Susano-o’s slaying of the Yamata-no-Orochi can be seen as a different version of the dragon-slaying legends of medieval Europe, with Kushinada-hime as the fair maiden in distress and Susano-o as her knight in shining armor. It also matches up nicely with the Greek legend of Perseus and his slaying of a sea serpent to save Andromeda from being sacrificed to it. Perseus and Andromeda also get married after he rescues her. The Yamata-no-Orochi itself is similar to the hydra, in that they are both serpents with multiple heads.
The testing of Okuninushi by Susano-o is similar in some ways to the trials of Hercules, in that the tests were considered to be impossible and most likely lead to the death of the one being tested. The amazing feats of strength shown by Yatsukamizuomizunu, although being on a much larger scale, also are comparable to some of the exploits of Hercules.
The Kojiki provides a record of imperial lineage that shows direct descent from the gods and establishes rightful authority to rule. This is similar to the “begats” in the Old Testament that trace King David’s lineage and show him to be the rightful ruler of Israel.
Mythology provides a window into the world view of a culture, and while each culture’s mythology has a unique sensibility to it, finding connections between world mythologies shows that maybe we’re not as different as we think. These connections and others will be explored during 2012’s Japan Myth Expo in Shimane.
“Yamata-no-Orochi” is one of the most famous Kagura performances in the present day.
Japanese Mythology: Cosmogony
Japan's oldest historical record, the Kojiki (古事記 Records of Ancient Matters, 712 CE), and the second oldest book of Japanese history, the Nihon Shoki (日本書紀 The Chronicles of Japan, 720 CE) are both full of Shinto (the polytheistic religion native to Japan) myths and legends. This includes cosmogony, or the creation story of the world and the universe. Some of the figures in the creation myth are rarely mentioned since the books were written, but some play important roles in other Japanese legends and Shintoism.
While Japanese people don't believe this anymore, the creation story is a good place to start if you're interested in Japanese mythology and how it impacts Japanese culture. I'm going to tell that story in (hopefully) plain language. The creation myth is a little different in the Kojiki compared to the Nihon Shoki, but most people go by the Kojiki version, so that's what I'll be using.
Like many creation myths around the world, the universe started as silent chaos. Within this chaos, particles and light started to move. Light floated up faster than the particles, so the light is above the universe. The lighter particles floated up to form the clouds of takamagahara (高天原, The Plain of High Heaven). The heavier particles couldn't float up, so they formed a mass called Earth below heaven.
When heaven was formed, five deities, the kotoamatsukami (別天津神, The Separate Heavenly Gods) appeared. Three came into being before the last two and are known as the zouka-sanshin (造化三神, The Three Creation Gods). These five kami (神, god or deity) were hitorigami (独神, Lone God) because they appeared spontaneously (as opposed to a male-female pair, which most gods are said to come from), didn't have a partner, and were essentially gender-less. After these kami emerged, they went into hiding.
From there emerged the kamiyo-nanayo (神世七代, The Seven Generations of the Age of the Gods). Two more hitorigami appeared, followed by five pairs of male-female kami. Also like many myths throughout the world, these pairs were husband and wife, but also brother and sister.
While there is an innumerable amout of kami now, the Japanese creation myth shows how the first 17, the 5 kotoamatsukami and the 12 kamiyo-nanayo, emerged. The last pair of the kamiyo-nanayo were Izanami (伊邪那美神, She-Who-Invites) and her brother Izanagi (伊邪那岐神, He-Who-Invites). Izanagi and Izanami are two of the most important kami and are said to be the parents of hundreds to millions of other kami.
Izanagi and Izanami were tasked by the elder kami with kuniumi (国産み, Birth of the Country). They went to ame-no-ukihashi (天浮橋, The Floating Bridge of Heaven) connected to Earth, which was still just a floating mass of water. They churned the Earth with a jeweled spear, and the water that dripped off the tip of the spear when it was lifted created the first island, Onogoro-Shima (it is not known where this island is today). Izanami and Izanagi then moved to the island and built a castle with a heavenly pillar on top of it they circled the top of the pillar to get married, and created the ooyajima (大八洲, Eight Great Islands): Awaji Island, Shikoku, Oki Islands, Kyushu, Iki Island, Tsushima Island, Sado Island, and Honshu. Other islands, like Hokkaido, and the rest of the world, were not mentioned as they were not yet known by the ancient Japanese.
After kuniumi, the kamiumi (神産み, Birth of Gods) occurred. After creating the islands of Japan, Izanagi and Izanami birthed many kami, some male, some female, and some genderless. Giving birth to their last child, Kagutsuchi, the god of fire, Izanami was fatally injured. From her dying body some kami were born, and Izanagi's tears while mourning her death birthed more kami. He then got so upset that he killed Kagutsuchi with a sword and cut him into 8 pieces, which created 8 volcanoes. Also from Kagutsuchi's body 8 more kami were born, and his blood on the sword and surrounding rocks created another 8 kami.
According to Shinto mythology, there is a land of the dead called yomi (黄泉, literally "yellow spring" the real meaning of yomi is unknown in Japanese, but the writing came from Daoism). Izanagi went to yomi to bring Izanami back, but found out that she had already eaten food in yomi, which makes it incredibly hard for one to leave. Izanami said that she will ask the gods of yomi if she could leave, but Izanagi would have to promise to not look at her, to which he agreed. She was taking a long time and Izanagi got worried, so he lit his comb from his hair to create some light in order to look for her. He eventually found her, but saw that her body was now a rotting corpse. He was scared, so he decided to abandon his wife and leave. Izanami was so embarrassed that her body bore eight thunder kami, and she commanded the yomotsu-shikome (黄泉丑女, female demons from yomi) to chase him.
While being chased, Izanagi threw his headress, which turned to grapes, and his comb, which turned into bamboo, making the shikome stop to eat. Izanami then sent yomi warriors and the 8 thunder kami after him, but Izanagi threw three peaches at them, so they ran away (peaches were thought to have evil-banishing magic at the time). At the slope that connects the land of the dead and the land of the living, Izanami and Izanagi met, and Izanagi lifted a huge rock and blocked the path (which is said to be in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture). Izanami yelled over the rock and said that if he leaves her she will kill 1,000 people every day, to which Izanagi replied by saying that he will ensure that 1,500 be born every day. That was the last time they saw each other, dissolving their marriage with Izanagi becoming the ruler of the living and Izanami becoming the ruler of the dead.
After leaving yomi, Izanagi decided to perform misogi (禊, a Shinto purification ritual) in a river to cleanse himself. Performing this ritual created 23 kami the last step of the ritual created an additional 3 kami, known as the mihashira no uzu no mikoto (三貴子, Three Precious Children), the three most important kami in Shintoism. Amaterasu ( 天照大御神, roughly means 'The Light of Heaven'), the female goddess of the sun, was born from the washing of Izanagi's left eye. Tsukuyomi (月読命, roughly means 'Reader of the Moon'), the gender-less deity of the night, was born from the washing of his right eye. Finally, Susano'o (須佐之男命, probably means 'the man/male god from Susa'), the male god of the seas and storms, was born from the washing of his nose. This is why we wash our hands at the entrance of shrines and temples: to cleanse ourselves before entering a sacred place.
These myths explained how the universe and kami came to be, creating the basis for other Shinto stories and beliefs. The story of Izanagi and Izanami, along with stories about Amaterasu and Susano'o, are some of the most well known. I'm going to be writing about the Three Precious Children next, so stay tuned if you want to know more Japanese mythological stories!
Japanese Mythology: Is Shinto a Unique Religion?
Throughout history, nations and cultures create new and interesting ideas that provoke identity, harmony, and unification. Many of these staples won’t last the test of time and often times become twisted and perverted, ceasing to live up to the glory they once held. However, religion, as an idea and way of life, is very interesting when put to history’s unrelenting test of time and, of course, when introduced to differing beliefs. The native religion of Japan, Shinto, is no exception. Many religious beliefs follow similar patterns and conducts, however, James Stuart, the author of the article What Makes Shinto Unique From Other Religions?, writes that Shinto separates itself from other beliefs, making it a truly unique religion.
Like many religions, Shinto traces it origins to a creation myth. According to the myth, in the beginning, there was a pre-existing chaos which bore numerous Kami or, in this case, gods. These Kami gave rise to a brother and sister Izanagi and Izanami. Izanagi, the brother, thrusted his jewel-encrusted spear into the ocean and, were the spear touched the surface, created the island of Japan. Izanagi and Izanami were soon married and create many children whom of which become new islands and Kami. Izanami, however, when giving birth to the Kami of fire, sustained burns and died. Grief-stricken, Izanagi ventured to Yomi, the underworld, to return his deceased wife. When Izanagi found his wife, he realized she ate the fruit of the dead and might be doomed to Yomi forever. Izanami, however, suggested she talk to the rulers of Yomi to see if if they would release her. However, she promised her husband not to look at her. Breaking his promise, Izanagi was horrified to see his wife decaying escaped the underworld. Once he escaped, he placed a boulder at the entrance of Yomi, thus separating the land of the living from the land of the dead. Izanagi, however, was contaminated from Yomi and was plagued by misfortune. He washed himself in the ocean and, thus, performed the first purification ritual. During this ritual, new Kami were born. Amaterasu, the sun goddess, Tsukuyomi, the moon Kami, and Susanoo, the Kami of wind and storms, were born from Izanagi’s left and right eye along with his nose.
Having understood the mythological origins of Shinto, we can talk about what makes it different from other religions. It is important to understand that Shinto is a belief in which practices, dating thousands of years ago, are still currently being used. This religion, thus, is heavily based on rituals and cleansing rather than personal beliefs. As Stuart states, “Shinto belief equates purity with morality, and many Japanese rituals involve Shinto priests cleansing an area or object. Since these objects primarily represent the natural world, Shintoists have an obligation to keep the environment clean and free of pollution.” This is no surprise. After All, we have seen that Izanagi, one of the major figures in Shinto belief, purify himself after stepping out of Yomi and, as a result, three very prominent Kami are created.
Unlike Christianity and Islam, whose spiritual text is the Bible and Quran respectively, Shinto follows no official religious text or authority. This results in a very diverse belief that differs from region to region and one in which individuals cater to local shrines rather than a universal belief. Luckily, basic Kami are still familiar across Japan.
Finally, as we have seen when Izanagi creates the islands of Japan, it is no surprise that nature has much to do with Shinto belief. According to the Shinto religion, divine spirits come in many forms, sometimes as people and other times as objects of the natural world. As Stuart writes, “Shinto tradition teaches that these kami bridge the visible world humans live in to the invisible one that exists all around us. By traveling to shrines and praying to Kami, followers of Shintoism believe they can gain good fortune.”
Shinto, the native religion of Japan, as long endured the test of time and, surprisingly, seems unaltered. Shinto is one of the few religions in which its practice and beliefs separate it from other religions. As we have seen, the practice of rituals, cleansings, and purifications are the cornerstone of the belief, having heard the story of Izanagi and his venture into Yomi. The practice of such rituals are considered more important than the personal beliefs themselves. This creates a religion that can transverse boundaries and flourish in new regions. Because Shinto doesn’t rely upon spiritual texts and authority figures, it becomes a belief that suits those who live in communities that worship and cleanse local shrines and deities. Shinto has become a practice in which the people of Japan have sustained for thousands of years, uniting all of Japan, and will, without a doubt, flourish for another thousand.
The Story of Izanami and Izanagi
Nationality: United States
Occupation: USC Annenberg Digital Lounge Media Support Specialist
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/25/20
Primary Language: English
EG: So my dad’s from Japan, and there’s this story about how the island of Japan was made with the gods izanagi and izanami, and there was something about how izanagi was stirring the sea to create the island of Japan. And then there was something about izanami hiding a cave, so the sun wouldn’t come up because he’s related to the sun or something. And then she would come out of that cave when she heard music, and that’s why they have Taiko drumming.
Interviewer: And how does that relate to your childhood?
EG: Uh as a kid my family went to Japan every summer so it can relate that way. And since we were in the countryside, or like suburbs, or like near the mountains, there’s a lot of shinto shrines and stuff and a lot of the Japanese kids shows had elements of Japanese folklore like kappa and stuff.
My informant, EG, grew up in the US and visited her dad in Japan every summer. Being surrounded by Japanese suburban culture there was a very special experience to her, which is why she remembers the story––especially when Japan in western media is generally only depictions and stories about the very urbanized areas. EG was also the president of the Taiko club at USC, which would explain why she remembered the bit about Taiko drumming. This story was collected over a phone call about her time in Japan.
Upon doing further research to fill in the gaps of the story, it turns out that Izanagi and Izanami were two, occasionally interpreted as a romantic couple, who created everything as we know it. They created more than just the ocean and Taiko. I think that this story is really interesting because the world springs forth from their bodies like Izanagi’s eyes became the sun and moon deities, for example. This happens in a lot of other culture’s folklore. A famous example would be the Greek version of the Earth, Gaia, and how the parts of her body create the world. I think it’s interesting that creation stories often have this thread of the world being a singular body.
The god Susanoh was known as the god of the sea. He is believed to have be born out of the nose of Izanagi, the god of the sky.
Susanoh had dominion over the seas, oceans and rivers. He was also the god of rain, lightning and thunder. After getting into a scuffle with his sister, the goddess Amaterasu, Susanoh found himself evicted from heaven. He exacted revenge by razing Amaterasu’s rice fields to the ground. Filled with rage, he even killed one of Ameterasu’s priests. Amaterasu responded by hiding the sun from view for a while.
Due to his erratic nature and temper, Susanoh was also seen as the god of the Underworld, particularly the god of snakes and dragons.
When heaven and earth first came into being, the land overflowed with water and it jiggled unsteadily like oil or a jellyfish. The gods of the Heavens commanded a male and a female god, called Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto:
“Take this unstable land and solidify it.”
Izanagi and Izanami stood on Ama no Ukihashi (the floating bridge of heaven) and stabbed down the Ame no Nuboko (heavenly jeweled spear) into the earth, spreading it out with a “kooro, kooro” (the sound of the spear breaking up the ground). Before long, the salt that fell from the tip of the spear piled up and turned into Onogoro Island.
Izanagi and Izanami descended to this island and produced lots of children, but because Izanami gave birth to the scorching god of fire, she was badly burned and passed away. Izanagi wanted to catch one more glance of his wife and followed her to the realm of the dead. When Izanami met him in the palace of the realm of the dead, Izanagi said with all his heart:
“My dear beloved wife, the land we are trying to build is not yet done. So please, come back to the lands of this earth for me."
However, Izanami replied, “That’s a pity. I have tasted the food from the realm of the dead, so there's no way for me to return. But my dear husband, since you came for me, let me try to consult with the god of this realm. Please, no matter what you do, do not look at me during this time." Then she entered the palace in the realm of the dead.
But the wait was unbearable, and Izanagi could not hold himself back any longer, so he broke off a tooth of the comb in his hair and lit it as a torch, entering the palace and seeing Izanami. What he saw was Izanami's body full of swarming and wriggling maggots, with her head, chest, and stomach scorched as if by Raijin, the god of lightning. In utter horror of what he saw, Izanagi tried to run away from the realm of the dead, but Izanami said, “How dare you bring shame on me” and sent Yomotsu Shikome (a type of hag that lives in the Land of the Dead) to chase after him.
While Izanagi was escaping, he threw a black vine hair ornament, which fell on the ground and sprouted crimson glory grape vines. Izanagi fled while Shikome picked up the grapes and ate them. However, she began to chase him again, so Izanagi broke off and threw a tooth from his bamboo comb again, from which bamboo shoots grew. Izanagi could again escape while Shikome pulled them out and ate them.
Then, Izanami had the gods of lightning that were in her body follow him, joined by 1500 military troops. Izanagi drew his sword and fled while swinging it behind his back. However, the gods of lightning and their troops still followed him. When Izanagi reached the foot of Yomotsu Hirasaka (the boundary between this world and the other), he took three fruits from the peach tree growing there, and waited to ambush the gods of lightning. When he threw the fruit at them, they returned to the realm of the dead.
Finally, Izanami herself came chasing after him.
Izanagi had blocked Yomotsu Hirasaka with a boulder so heavy that the strength of 1000 people was need to move it, so they faced each other with the bolder between them.
“My dearest husband, if you do something like this to me, then I'll kill 1000 people from your land each day.”
Then Izanagi replied:
“My dear beloved wife, if you kill 1000 people each day, then I'll build 1500 delivery rooms each day.”
This is said to be the reason why it has come to pass that each day 1000 people die and 1500 people are born without fail.
The place called Yomotsu Hirasaka in this story is said to be Izumo’s “Ifuyazaka.”
Importance of Izanami and Izanagi in Modern Culture
As the Father and Mother deities of Shintoism, it’s not surprising that Izanagi and Izanami have found their way into quite a few pieces of popular culture.
Both are featured in the famous anime series Naruto, as well as the video game series Persona. Izanagi also has a whole RPG game named after him while Izanami is also featured in the anime series Noragami, the video game series Digital Devil Story, and has a character named after her in the PC MMORPG game Smite.
Izanami and Izanagi are two of the most important gods in the Japanese pantheon. Not only did these primordial gods give birth to several other gods and Kami, and make the earth suitable for living, but they also created the islands of Japan. As such, they’re at the very heart of Japanese mythology.