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Also known as RAIJŪ

A picture showing the legend of RAIJU taken from our Japanese mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Japanese Gods, Japanese Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

The fiery Thunder Spirit

This is the fireball beast belonging to RAIJIN the Storm God. Not your usual sort of pet — he is more like a deranged Tasmanian devil with his hair on fire.

RAIJU behaves like a dervish during thunderstorms, whizzing around in a scratching clawing frenzy.

In his quieter moments he can take the form of a badger, cat or weasel, but will still leave scratch marks everywhere as he sharpens his claws on anything within reach.

Here's an odd thing. Japanese parents warn their children to keep their tummies covered at all times. Why? When RAIJIN has finishing storming across the sky, his exhausted pet loves to wander off and find a nice warm comfortable belly button to curl up in.

Snoozing thunder spirits in your navel is not a good thing. Keep your bellies secure, people. And pluck out any fluff — it will only make your belly button seem more comfy.

In recent times, RAIJU has found new fame due to his guest appearances in Pokémon. Which is great. Just remember what we said about the belly buttons, okay?

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Article last updated on 12 February 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Name : RAIJU
Name means : Thunder Beast
Location : Japan
Gender : Male
Type : Fabulous Creature
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : RAIJŪ
Popularity index : 2087

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