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Japanese Mythology

Grade 9 English - Dyer

Leila Kazeminejad

on 19 March 2014

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Transcript of Japanese Mythology

Japanese Mythology
The Flower Princess and The Rock Princess








Hononinigi was a god sent to reign the land given to Amaterasu-O-Mi-Kami by Okuninushi. He fell in love with a beautiful princess named Konohanano-Sakuya. Although Hononinigi had only wanted to be wed to the princess, her father had sent her sister, Iwanaga, to become the bride of Hononinigi as well. When Hononinigi rejected Iwanaga-Hime, their father, Ohyamatsumi had become angry. He told Hononinigi that Konohanano-Sakuya would bring prosperity and Iwanaga would bring eternal life.
Japan is a country of free religion.
Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, etc, are practiced in Japan.
The most common religions are Shinto and Japanese Buddhism.
The Flower Princess and the Rock Princess




(Emperor of OtherLands)
Protagonist, flat, dynamic character
Shallow, acts fast and doesn't think of consequences, ancestor of future emperors
Flat, static character
Gave land to Hononingi
Flat, static character
Put Hononinigi to the test
Flat, static character
Very beautiful and represents prosperity
Flat, static character
Unattractive, represents eternal life
Flat, static character
Gave land to Amaterasu
Type of Character
Mythic Elements
Person vs Person :
Hononinigi vs Ohyamatsumi
The conflict between these two characters is at the end where Ohyamatsumi gets angry at Hononinigi for rejecting Iwanaga as one of his wives.

Person vs Supernatural :
Hononinigi vs Death
The conflict between Hononinigi and death is also at the end of the story where he learns that he has lost immortality and will eventually die.
Rice is a main component of any japanese dish. In Japan, the word used for meal is "gohan" but it really means "steamed rice".
A typical Japanese meal consists of rice, fish or meat, a side dish such as steamed vegetables or miso soup, and pickled vegetables.
In modern day Japan, bread, pizza, and many other types of food from around the world are eaten by the Japanese. Food such as sushi, sukiyaki, and mochi are still popular in Japan.

Fast food restaurants are mainly located in the city. They serve typical things such as hamburgers and fried chicken. Mainly teenagers and children dine here.
The proper way to start any meal is to say "itadakimasu" which means "thanks for the food".
Rice is also used as wine, vinegar, flour, and bran.
miso soup
The kimono is a traditional dress of Japan that is usually made of silk. Kimonos have large sleeves that reach the heels of the one wearing it and a sash around the waist called an "obi". These pieces are only worn on special occasions such as graduation ceremonies and weddings. Kimonos limit one's movement and takes more time to put on than a dress or tuxedo.
In the summer, more people tend to wear the informal, lightweight version of the kimono called a "yukata". Children, teenagers and young adults tend to wear yukata at festivals, firework shows, etc.
geisha sandals
Men usually wear dark/neutral coloured yukata. Women wear more vibrant yukata with a pattern on it such as flowers.
On a regular day, people wear things like jeans, polos, skirts, shorts, basically the same clothes we wear.
There are three traditional values that shaped the behavior of modern day Japan. Although the Japanese call these values feudalistic, their social relations still hold these values.
On refers to indebtedness. Repayment of on is never complete. For example, on is present in a parent-child relationship.
Giri refers to obligation. This refers to societies standards as well as your superiors.
Ninjo refers to the human emotions. Ninjo most likely brings conflict with giri.
More common values the Japanese hold are age, history, family, government, nature, and education.
Religion influenced many of their traditions such as the Japanese gardens. The gardens were inspired by Buddhist and Chinese philosophy.
Japanese Tea ceremony
Cherry Blossom ceremony
Unlike most religions, Shinto does not have a founder nor a sacred scripture like the bible. Preaching is also uncommon because of it's deep roots with the Japanese values.
Shinto gods are called "kami". Kami are sacred spirits that take form of things or concepts important to life such as wind, water, fertility, and war. In the Shinto religion, humans can become kami after they've died. These are called "ancestral kami". The sun goddess, Amaterasu is considered Shinto's most important kami.
In Shinto, there are no absolutes. There is no right or wrong and no one is perfect. Humans are believed to be fundamentally good and evil is caused by bad spirits. Spiritual rituals and offerings to the kami are used to ward off those bad spirits.
Rocks worshiped as kami
Most of the myths in the Shinto religion are about the creation of the world. For example, the Great Land kami, Ohkuninushi, was said to have died twice but came back to life. This explains why plants can wither and die but come back healthy and strong.
Japanese mythology mainly surrounds the Shinto religion. The primary belief of Shinto is that every being has a spirit. Despite the vast number of spirits, there are a few core deities such as Amaterasu, Hachiman, and Susano.
Some of the few kami of the Shinto religion
Many of the myths are passed down orally from generation to generation (this shows the importance of age and why it is valued)
Gods ruled the land
Two princesses can bring prosperity and eternal life
Not accepting one princess results in either eventual death or land without prosperity
The purpose of the myth was to explain why emperors die.
Other messages that can be learned from this story are :
Don't judge a book by it's cover
Be grateful for all the gifts given to you
Thank you for listening.
Hononinigi reigns land
Hononinigi falls in love with
He asks Konohanano-Sakuya's
father, Ohyamatsumi for her
hand in marriage
Ohyamatsumi sends Iwanaga-Hime with
Konohanano-Sakuya-Hime to become
Hononinigi's bride as well
Hononinigi rejects Iwanaga-Hime
Ohyamatsumi becomes angry
Ohyamatsumi tells Hononinigi
that he has lost the chance to live forever
Hononinigi dies
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