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The Unbeloved — Hiruko and Awashima

Hiruko 蛭子 In the Kojiki, Hiruko is the first kami born to Izanami and Izanagi. The first character in her name means "leech" and most scholars speculate that she was not fully formed. In the Nihon Shoki, Hiruko is born second and the passage reads, "First was Awaji Island, next Hiruko was born. But Hiruko… Continue reading The Unbeloved — Hiruko and Awashima

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Izanami & Izanagi — The Birth of Japan

Text translated from 古事記 現代語訳 武田祐吉 Kojiki Modern Translation by Yukichi Takeda (circa 1940, public domain). Creation of the Islands The kami of the heavens charged Izanagi and Izanami with the task of hardening the floating masses and settling them into place by using a splendid hoko (a kind of spear -- the image to the left… Continue reading Izanami & Izanagi — The Birth of Japan