Japanese Mythology

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Japanese Mythology

Explore the gods, goddesses, myths, creatures and cosmology of ancient Shinto society.

Amaterasu, Japanese Goddess of the Sun
Goddess of the Sun

Amaterasu

Amaterasu (天照) is the Japanese sun goddess, daughter of creator deities Izanagi and Izanami, and central to the Shinto religion. It is from her the Japanese nobility claims descent and their divine right to rule.

Susanoo, Japanese God of Storms
God of Storms

Susanoo

The Japanese god of sea and storms, Susanoo is a chaotic, stubborn soul who wielded the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi and slew the dragon Orochi.

Inari, Japanese Goddess of Foxes
Goddess of Foxes

Inari

Inari (稲荷) is the Japanese kami of prosperity, rice, and tea, and protector of foxes. A complex deity widely worshiped throughout Japan, Inari is variously portrayed as male, female and androgynous.

Ame-no-Uzume, Japanese Goddess of the Dawn
Goddess of the Dawn

Ame-no-Uzume

Ame-no-Uzume is the Japanese goddess of the dawn, known for her merriment and humor. Credited with inventing the performing arts, her spontaneous dancing once saved the world from eternal darkness.

Japanese Gods and Goddesses

Explore the Japanese pantheon and rediscover the ancient Shinto and Buddhist gods including Amaterasu, Izanagi, Susanoo, Tsukuyomi, Ebisu, Raijin and more.

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Amaterasu, Japanese Goddess of the Sun
Inari, Japanese Goddess of Foxes
Susanoo, Japanese God of Storms
Izanagi, Japanese God of Creation
Fujin, Japanese God of the Wind
Ame-no-Uzume, Japanese Goddess of the Dawn
Raijin, Japanese God of Thunder
Ebisu, Japanese God of Fishermen
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Hotei
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Izanagi, Japanese God of Creation
God of Creation

Izanagi

Izanagi is the father of the Japanese kami, creator of the islands of Japan, and father to Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi, Susanoo, and countless other gods.

Raijin, Japanese God of Thunder
God of Thunder

Raijin

Raijin (雷神) is the Japanese god of thunder, lightning, and storms. Often appearing alongside his brother, Fujin, the god of the wind, Raijin brings vital rains and leaves a wake of chaos and destruction.

Fujin, Japanese God of the Wind
God of the Wind

Fujin

Fujin (風神) is the Japanese god of the wind, a popular and terrifying demon. His bag of air moves all the world’s winds, and he is a powerful force of nature alongside his brother, the thunder god Raijin.

Ebisu, Japanese God of Fishermen
God of Fishermen

Ebisu

One of the Seven Lucky Gods, Ebisu is the kami of luck and prosperity. With his grand smile and a boisterous laugh, he represents the abundance of the sea.