Japanese mythology


Picture of the Japanese Sun Goddess Amaterasu from our Japanese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Shinto Sun Goddess

Central Shinto Sun Goddess

She was born from a tear in IZANAGI’s left eye, while TSUKIYOMI, the Moon God, was born from his right.

She had to take refuge in a cave following a bit of domestic violence caused by SUSANO-WO. Her disappearance caused a terrible stoppage of sunlight — far worse than any eclipse dragon eating the sun.

She had to be lured outside her barricaded cave with much tact and diplomacy. This involved tempting her out with a jeweled necklace and a glittery mirror to check out her reflection.

What Goddess can resist a little flattery? Now she is back in the sky and loves to be noticed. At the seashore near the famouse shrine at Futami-At-Ise, she likes to rise between two rocks, one large, one small. These are known as the ‘Wedded Couple Rocks’. Shore-bound pilgrims gather to watch as she rises. And give her a polite round of applause.

Hopefully this kind of attention will stop her diving back into her cave again.

Amaterasu Facts and Figures

Name: Amaterasu
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: None known

Gender: Female
Type: deity
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Sun
Area of expertise: Sun

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 65772

Article last updated on 30 November 2017 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Permissions page