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* TheAlmightyDollar: Over the centuries, Japan accumulated many examples of wealth deities.
** Benzaiten is a goddess of financial fortune, talent, beauty and music, adopted from Buddhism. She's the only female in Japan's Seven Lucky Gods.
** Bishamonten is is another of Japan's Seven Lucky Gods, and the guardian of Heaven's treasure house and known to share treasure (in a good way). Bishamonten is also Japan's version of one of China's Four Heavenly Kings. Bishamonten fits the mold of protector of the North, whose color is green or yellow, and the chief god of the four.
** Inverted: Binbogami was a household god of poverty and misery in Japanese folklore.
** Daikokuten was a god associated with wealth and prosperity who inspired a fun custom, "theft of fortune" where divine images are stolen.
** The Shinto god '''Ebisu''' had a lot of domains including fishing, fishermen, luck, wealth, and business/commerce.
** Mahakala is a deity of household wealth in Japan, particularly related to food and the kitchen. '''Mahakala''' is a major god and widespread in other cultures such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, but not related to wealth in other cultures.


0Naturally, modern [[UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} Japanese]] {{anime}}, {{manga}}, {{video games}}, etc. often make references to their country's mythology. The ''Kojiki'' and ''Nihon-Shoki'', historical records containing the first detailed accounts of Japanese folklore, act as the sources for many famous tales of heroes and legendary beasts. This, combined with the spiritual traditions of UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} with its vast pantheon of gods and demons, plus Buddhist influences creates an abundant mythos. Here are summaries of some of the most well-known stories.

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0Naturally, Naturally, modern [[UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} Japanese]] {{anime}}, {{manga}}, {{video games}}, etc. often make references to their country's mythology. The ''Kojiki'' and ''Nihon-Shoki'', historical records containing the first detailed accounts of Japanese folklore, act as the sources for many famous tales of heroes and legendary beasts. This, combined with the spiritual traditions of UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} with its vast pantheon of gods and demons, plus Buddhist influences creates an abundant mythos. Here are summaries of some of the most well-known stories.


Naturally, modern [[UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} Japanese]] {{anime}}, {{manga}}, {{video games}}, etc. often make references to their country's mythology. The ''Kojiki'' and ''Nihon-Shoki'', historical records containing the first detailed accounts of Japanese folklore, act as the sources for many famous tales of heroes and legendary beasts. This, combined with the spiritual traditions of UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} with its vast pantheon of gods and demons, plus Buddhist influences creates an abundant mythos. Here are summaries of some of the most well-known stories.

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Naturally, 0Naturally, modern [[UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} Japanese]] {{anime}}, {{manga}}, {{video games}}, etc. often make references to their country's mythology. The ''Kojiki'' and ''Nihon-Shoki'', historical records containing the first detailed accounts of Japanese folklore, act as the sources for many famous tales of heroes and legendary beasts. This, combined with the spiritual traditions of UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} with its vast pantheon of gods and demons, plus Buddhist influences creates an abundant mythos. Here are summaries of some of the most well-known stories.


* BladeOnAStick: The Heavenly Jewelled Pike (pictured in the image above), which was used by Izanagi and Izanami to create the world by harpooning the sunken lands and bringing them to the surface.

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* BladeOnAStick: The Heavenly Jewelled Pike (pictured in the image above), which was used by Izanagi and Izanami to create pulled Japan and the world by harpooning other islands and continents out of the sunken lands and bringing them to water using the surface.''Ame no Nuhoko'' (Heavenly Swamp Pike or Heavenly Jeweled Pike). After the creation of the world, however, the whereabouts of the spear is unknown.


* DistractedByMyOwnSexy: When [[JerkassGod Susanoo]] tried to commit GrievousHarmWithABody on Amateratsu by throwing the body of one of her maidens at her, she fled and hid in a cave. Ame-no-Uzume got her back out by dancing naked for the other gods and by leaving a mirror in a nearby tree. When [[CueTheSun Amateratsu emerged to find out]] what all the noise was about, the combination distracted her long enough for the mouth of the cave to be barred with a magical rope.

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* DistractedByMyOwnSexy: When [[JerkassGod [[JerkassGods Susanoo]] tried to commit GrievousHarmWithABody on Amateratsu by throwing the body of one of her maidens at her, she fled and hid in a cave. Ame-no-Uzume got her back out by dancing naked for the other gods and by leaving a mirror in a nearby tree. When [[CueTheSun Amateratsu emerged to find out]] what all the noise was about, the combination distracted her long enough for the mouth of the cave to be barred with a magical rope.



* JerkassGod: Susanoo, prior to his exile.

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* JerkassGod: JerkassGods: Susanoo, prior to his exile.



* LightIsNotGood: Tsukuyomi killed Uke Mochi after she provided him and Amaterasu a banquet from [[{{Squick}} her nether regions]]. (In some versions it was Susanoo who did this, which [[JerkassGod makes more sense]].)

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* LightIsNotGood: Tsukuyomi killed Uke Mochi after she provided him and Amaterasu a banquet from [[{{Squick}} her nether regions]]. (In some versions it was Susanoo who did this, which [[JerkassGod [[JerkassGods makes more sense]].)


In the beginning, there was darkness, stars, and an endless ocean. Amongst the first gods born were two siblings named Izanagi-no-Mikoto (male) and Izanami-no-Mikoto (female). They came down from heaven and created the first land by stirring the ocean with a spear, and after that, they built a house, got married, and [[BrotherSisterIncest made some babies]]. The first of these babies was the malformed fishing god. The next eight were the islands of Japan. They had many more children; however, Izanami died giving birth to the god of fire, Kagutsuchi and was sent to the underworld. Izanagi missed his wife and traveled there to retrieve her, to which she agreed on the condition that her husband was not to look at her until they reached the surface. Of course, he looked anyway and saw that she was now a ghastly, rotting corpse. Izanagi freaked out and ran away, rolling a boulder in front of the entrance in order to escape Izanami's wrath. Izanami promised that she would kill 1,000 people every day in revenge. Izanagi countered that he would create 1,500 people every day. And that was the end of their marriage.

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In the beginning, there was darkness, stars, and an endless ocean. Amongst the first gods born were two siblings named Izanagi-no-Mikoto (male) and Izanami-no-Mikoto (female). They came down from heaven and created the first land by stirring the ocean with a spear, and after that, they built a house, got married, and [[BrotherSisterIncest made some babies]]. The first of these babies was the malformed fishing god. The next eight were the islands of Japan. They had many more children; however, Izanami died giving birth to the god of fire, Kagutsuchi and was sent to the underworld. Izanagi missed his wife and traveled there to retrieve her, to which she agreed on the condition that her husband was not to look at her until they reached the surface. Of course, he looked anyway and saw that she was now a ghastly, rotting corpse. Izanagi freaked out and ran away, rolling a boulder in front of the entrance in order to escape Izanami's wrath. Izanami promised that she would kill 1,000 people every day in revenge. Izanagi countered that he would create 1,500 people every day. [[DidNotGetTheGirl And that was the end of their marriage.
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Susanoo was kicked out of heaven for being a jerk, and sometime later went to a village where he met a crying family. They explained that a giant eight-headed serpent called Yamata no Orochi had eaten all their daughters but one. Susanoo agreed to slay Orochi in return for the last daughter, Kushinada-hime, as his wife. He killed the beast by laying out giant casks of saké for each head and cutting them off when they all became drunk. He found a sword in one of its tails that could cut anything and called it Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi ("Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven"). It was later named {{Kusanagi}}, which means "Grass Cutter". Susanoo gave it to his sister as a sign of good faith, though he remained no less of a jerk.

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Susanoo was kicked out of heaven for being a jerk, and sometime later went to a village where he met a crying family. They explained that a giant eight-headed serpent called Yamata no Orochi had eaten all their daughters but one. Susanoo agreed to slay Orochi in return for the last daughter, Kushinada-hime, as his wife. He killed the beast by laying out giant casks of saké for each head and cutting them off when they all became drunk. He found a sword in one of its tails that could cut anything and called it Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi ("Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven"). It was later named {{Kusanagi}}, which means "Grass Cutter".Mower". Susanoo gave it to his sister as a sign of good faith, though he remained no less of a jerk.

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* ContinuitySnarl: Was Amaterasu conceived by Izanagi and Izanami while the latter was still alive? Or was Amaterasu the byproduct of Izanagi washing himself of the filth from Yomi? The Kojiki and Nihon-Shoki both say different things. And say nothing of the myth where she sends her grandson to rule over the world...

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* LordOfTheOcean: The dragon Ryujin was the god of the sea. He lived in a palace under the ocean and, depending on the legend, has played both heroic and villainous roles, reflecting the ever-changing nature of the sea.

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* NightAndDayDuo: Siblings Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi are the solar and lunar deities, respectively. One legend goes that, after Tsukuyomi killed the goddess of food, Amaterasu was so offended by his violent act she demanded she never see him again. Thus, the sun and the moon rose separately.


* GodOfGood: Amaterasu usually holds this position, that there are absolutely ''no'' negative or jerky portrayals of her in anything, she's either representing all goodness or portrayed as the sympathetic side. Susanoo, Tsukuyomi or Izanami (and sometimes even Izanagi) usually get portrayed as the bad/flawed side. When you think of it, she's almost close to a Japanese [[GenderFlip Gender-bent]] [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]].

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* GodOfGood: Amaterasu usually holds this position, that there are absolutely ''no'' negative or jerky portrayals of her in anything, she's either representing all goodness or portrayed as the sympathetic side. Susanoo, Tsukuyomi or Izanami (and sometimes even Izanagi) usually get portrayed as the bad/flawed side. When you think of it, she's almost close to a Japanese [[GenderFlip Gender-bent]] [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]].


Naturally, modern [[UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} Japanese]] {{anime}}, {{manga}}, {{video games}}, etc. often make references to their country's mythology. The ''Kojiki'' and ''Nihon-Shoki'', historical records containing the first detailed accounts of Japanese folklore, act as the sources for many famous tales of heroes and legendary beasts. This, combined with the spiritual traditions of UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} with its vast pantheon of gods and demons, plus Buddhist influences, creates an abundant mythos. Here are summaries of some of the most well-known stories.

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Naturally, modern [[UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} Japanese]] {{anime}}, {{manga}}, {{video games}}, etc. often make references to their country's mythology. The ''Kojiki'' and ''Nihon-Shoki'', historical records containing the first detailed accounts of Japanese folklore, act as the sources for many famous tales of heroes and legendary beasts. This, combined with the spiritual traditions of UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} with its vast pantheon of gods and demons, plus Buddhist influences, influences creates an abundant mythos. Here are summaries of some of the most well-known stories.



In the beginning, there was darkness, stars, and an endless ocean. Amongst the first gods born were two siblings named Izanagi-no-Mikoto (male) and Izanami-no-Mikoto (female). They came down from heaven and created the first land by stirring the ocean with a spear, and after that they built a house, got married, and [[BrotherSisterIncest made some babies]]. The first of these babies was the malformed fishing god. The next eight were the islands of Japan. They had many more children; however, Izanami died giving birth to the god of fire, Kagutsuchi, and was sent to the underworld. Izanagi missed his wife and travelled there to retrieve her, to which she agreed on the condition that her husband was not to look at her until they reached the surface. Of course, he looked anyway, and saw that she was now a ghastly, rotting corpse. Izanagi freaked out and ran away, rolling a boulder in front of the entrance in order to escape Izanami's wrath. Izanami promised that she would kill 1,000 people every day in revenge. Izanagi countered that he would create 1,500 people every day. And that was the end of their marriage.

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In the beginning, there was darkness, stars, and an endless ocean. Amongst the first gods born were two siblings named Izanagi-no-Mikoto (male) and Izanami-no-Mikoto (female). They came down from heaven and created the first land by stirring the ocean with a spear, and after that that, they built a house, got married, and [[BrotherSisterIncest made some babies]]. The first of these babies was the malformed fishing god. The next eight were the islands of Japan. They had many more children; however, Izanami died giving birth to the god of fire, Kagutsuchi, Kagutsuchi and was sent to the underworld. Izanagi missed his wife and travelled traveled there to retrieve her, to which she agreed on the condition that her husband was not to look at her until they reached the surface. Of course, he looked anyway, anyway and saw that she was now a ghastly, rotting corpse. Izanagi freaked out and ran away, rolling a boulder in front of the entrance in order to escape Izanami's wrath. Izanami promised that she would kill 1,000 people every day in revenge. Izanagi countered that he would create 1,500 people every day. And that was the end of their marriage.



Purifying himself after escaping the underworld, Izanagi stripped, and each piece of clothing became a god. Lastly he washed his face in a stream, and from his left eye came Amaterasu-Oomikami, goddess of the Sun and ruler of heaven; from his right eye came Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto, god of the Moon and ruler of night; and from his nose came Susanoo-no-Mikoto, god of storms and ruler of the seas.

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Purifying himself after escaping the underworld, Izanagi stripped, and each piece of clothing became a god. Lastly Lastly, he washed his face in a stream, and from his left eye came Amaterasu-Oomikami, goddess of the Sun and ruler of heaven; from his right eye came Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto, god of the Moon and ruler of the night; and from his nose came Susanoo-no-Mikoto, god of storms and ruler of the seas.



The slightly-less-volatile Tsukuyomi, meanwhile, got bored of perpetual darkness and decided to move in with Amaterasu (and in some versions [[BrotherSisterIncest marry her]]). Things were going well until he went to a banquet in his sister's honour, which was hosted by Uke Mochi, the goddess of food, who provided the feast by [[{{Squick}} vomiting and/or defecating]] onto the table. Tsukuyomi was sickened and offended by this [[DisproportionateRetribution so he killed her]]. Amaterasu was so upset by this that she vowed never to look at Tsukuyomi again, running away whenever she saw him, which is why day and night are separate. Clearly poor Amaterasu had to put up with a lot of abuse from her brothers.

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The slightly-less-volatile Tsukuyomi, meanwhile, got bored of perpetual darkness and decided to move in with Amaterasu (and in some versions [[BrotherSisterIncest marry her]]). Things were going well until he went to a banquet in his sister's honour, honor, which was hosted by Uke Mochi, the goddess of food, who provided the feast by [[{{Squick}} vomiting and/or defecating]] onto the table. Tsukuyomi was sickened and offended by this [[DisproportionateRetribution so he killed her]]. Amaterasu was so upset by this that she vowed never to look at Tsukuyomi again, running away whenever she saw him, which is why day and night are separate. Clearly Clearly, poor Amaterasu had to put up with a lot of abuse from her brothers.



Susanoo was kicked out of heaven for being a jerk, and some time later went to a village where he met a crying family. They explained that a giant eight-headed serpent called Yamata no Orochi had eaten all their daughters but one. Susanoo agreed to slay Orochi in return for the last daughter, Kushinada-hime, as his wife. He killed the beast by laying out giant casks of saké for each head and cutting them off when they all became drunk. He found a sword in one of its tails that could cut anything, and called it Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi ("Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven"). It was later named {{Kusanagi}}, which means "Grass Cutter". Susanoo gave it to his sister as a sign of good faith, though he remained no less of a jerk.

The three sacred artifacts in the above myths, the mirror, the necklace, and the sword, are known as the Japanese Imperial Regalia, symbols of the divinity of the Emperor. They represent wisdom, benevolence, and valour, respectively. They are said to have been brought to Japan by Ninigi-no-Mikoto, the grandson of Amaterasu and ancient ancestor of the Imperial Family.

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Susanoo was kicked out of heaven for being a jerk, and some time sometime later went to a village where he met a crying family. They explained that a giant eight-headed serpent called Yamata no Orochi had eaten all their daughters but one. Susanoo agreed to slay Orochi in return for the last daughter, Kushinada-hime, as his wife. He killed the beast by laying out giant casks of saké for each head and cutting them off when they all became drunk. He found a sword in one of its tails that could cut anything, anything and called it Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi ("Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven"). It was later named {{Kusanagi}}, which means "Grass Cutter". Susanoo gave it to his sister as a sign of good faith, though he remained no less of a jerk.

The three sacred artifacts in the above myths, the mirror, the necklace, and the sword, are known as the Japanese Imperial Regalia, symbols of the divinity of the Emperor. They represent wisdom, benevolence, and valour, valor, respectively. They are said to have been brought to Japan by Ninigi-no-Mikoto, the grandson of Amaterasu and an ancient ancestor of the Imperial Family.



* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Japanese "gods" are actually this. As due to translation error in the past, the closest English word for kami is actually "spirit", but are often mistaken as gods due to western people trying to understand Shinto religion. Likewise ''everything'' has a kami in Shinto, from puddles, to stones, and even swords.

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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Japanese "gods" are actually this. As due to translation error errors in the past, the closest English word for kami Kami is actually "spirit", but are often mistaken as gods due to western people trying to understand Shinto religion. Likewise ''everything'' has a kami in Shinto, from puddles, to stones, and even swords.



* CoolSword: Ame no Murakumo AKA {{Kusanagi}}, the sword Susanoo takes from one of Orochi's tails. Also Totsuga no Tsurugi, which Susanoo use to slay Orochi and later give it to Okuninushi.

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* CoolSword: Ame no Murakumo Ame-no-Murakumo AKA {{Kusanagi}}, the sword Susanoo takes from one of Orochi's tails. Also Totsuga no Tsurugi, which Susanoo use to slay Orochi and later give it to Okuninushi.



* DistractedByMyOwnSexy: When [[JerkassGod Susanoo]] tried to commit GrievousHarmWithABody on Amateratsu by throwing the body of one of her maidens at her, she fled and hid in a cave. Uzume got her back out by dancing naked for the other gods and by leaving a mirror in a nearby tree. When [[CueTheSun Amateratsu emerged to find out]] what all the noise was about, the combination distracted her long enough for the mouth of the cave to be barred with a magical rope.

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* DistractedByMyOwnSexy: When [[JerkassGod Susanoo]] tried to commit GrievousHarmWithABody on Amateratsu by throwing the body of one of her maidens at her, she fled and hid in a cave. Uzume Ame-no-Uzume got her back out by dancing naked for the other gods and by leaving a mirror in a nearby tree. When [[CueTheSun Amateratsu emerged to find out]] what all the noise was about, the combination distracted her long enough for the mouth of the cave to be barred with a magical rope.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Susanoo after his exile caused him to mature. He slew the serpent Orochi, made peace with his sister, and protected humanity from a plague. He is still a storm god and prone to tearing up the country side with his mischievous and impulsive nature.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Susanoo after his exile caused him to mature. He slew the serpent Orochi, made peace with his sister, and protected humanity from a plague. He is still a storm god and prone to tearing up the country side countryside with his mischievous and impulsive nature.



** By extension, DarkIsNotEvil in that her most notable symbol was Yatagarasu, the [[CreepyCrows three legged raven]].

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** By extension, DarkIsNotEvil in that her most notable symbol was Yatagarasu, the [[CreepyCrows three legged three-legged raven]].



* MsFanservice: Ame no Uzume performed a strip dance to lure Amaterasu from her hiding. Later, when Ninigi no Mikoto was prevented from going to the Earth by the god of pathways Sarutahiko, Uzume convinced him to let Ninigi pass by... taking off her robe. Sarutahiko was so impressed by her boldness (also a few other things...) that he proposed marriage to Uzume, which she agreed to.

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* MsFanservice: Ame no Uzume Ame-no-Uzume performed a strip dance to lure Amaterasu from her hiding. Later, when Ninigi no Mikoto was prevented from going to the Earth by the god of pathways Sarutahiko, Uzume convinced him to let Ninigi pass by... taking off her robe. Sarutahiko was so impressed by her boldness (also a few other things...) that he proposed marriage to Uzume, which she agreed to.



* UglyGuyHotWife: Sarutahiko and Ame no Uzume.

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Sarutahiko and Ame no Uzume.Ame-no-Uzume.


* JerkassGod: Susanoo.

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* JerkassGod: Susanoo.Susanoo, prior to his exile.


* PrimordialChaos: The "primordial chaos" from which the Gods came from (and created the Heavenly Plains and later Earth) is described as dark, cold and jelly-like. The Star God Amatsu Mikaboshi is usually associated with the pre-Earth chaos.

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* PrimordialChaos: The "primordial chaos" from which the Gods came from (and created the Heavenly Plains and later Earth) is described as dark, cold and jelly-like. The Star God Amatsu Mikaboshi is usually associated with the pre-Earth chaos.


* DragonsAreDemonic: {{Orochi}}, the eight-headed serpent dragon slain by Susano, god of thunderstorms, and a being powerful enough to frighten the earthly gods of the area into doing nothing as he eats their daughters.

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* DragonsAreDemonic: {{Orochi}}, the eight-headed serpent dragon slain by Susano, Susanoo, god of thunderstorms, and a being powerful enough to frighten the earthly gods of the area into doing nothing as he eats their daughters.

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