Japanese Myths is an accessible, entertaining, and highly informative exploration of everything from the kami holy spirits venerated in Shinto religion to the divine origins of the Japanese imperial family.
Japanese Myths provides a clear, concise introduction to this fascinating if little-known world. Find out about Hachiman, the mighty god of war and the divine protector of Japan and its people. Marvel at Fujin, the god of the wind, a popular but terrifying demon—his bag of air is thought to move all the world’s winds, and he is a powerful force of nature alongside his brother, the thunder god Raijin. See Hotei, the “Laughing Buddha” and one of the most well-known symbols of Buddhism—rubbing his belly is said to bring good luck. And enjoy the myth of Shita-kiri Suzume, or “Toung-Cut Sparrow,” which explores the effects of greed, friendship, and jealousy.