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Japanese Mythology: God Izanagi and Goddess Izanami were married to each other. Izanami could give birth to anything. One day she created the island of Japan. Izanami died when she gave birth to the god of fire from deadly burns during labor. By then she had given birth to 14 islands and 35 gods. God Izanagi was desperate about the loss of his beloved companion and went down to the underworld to search for Izanami and found her...

Bakeneko (化け猫?, "monster-cat"), in Japanese folklore, refers to cat yōkai (spiritual beings) with supernatural abilities akin to those of the kitsune (fox) or tanuki (raccoon dog). There are a number of superstitions that detail how ordinary cat may transform into a bakeneko. Bakeneko then haunt and menace their household.

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【京都・三十三間堂/風神・雷神像(鎌倉中期)】風神雷神共に、古代インドの自然神でしたが、三十三間堂の2体は風袋を持ち、或いは雷太鼓を背負い、その後の日本での風神雷神のイメージを決定づけた原点と言われます。 #仏像

Shinto-- also called kami-no-michi, is the ethnic religion of the people of Japan. It focuses on ritual practices to be carried out diligently, to establish a connection between present-day Japan & its ancient past. Shinto practices were first recorded & codified in the written historical records of the Kojiki & Nihon Shoki in the 8th century. Still, these earliest Japanese writings do not refer to a unified "Shinto religion", but rather to a collection of native