Saturday, August 16, 2008

10 Japanese mythical heroes

There are plenty of interesting mythical heroes in Kojiki, the book of Japanese legends.
We show ten of our favourite Japanese mythical heroes and expect to hear about yours.
My personal favourite is Ame no Uzume, the dancer goddess.
She danced the first recorded strip-tease in Japan and all the male gods adored it.
She did it not because she wanted some finacial rewards as her modern-day counterparts do, but because she was asked to save the world.
(Please read the  Kojiki article for what happened and why she needed to take off her clothes in front of lewd gods)
Later, she married Sarutahiko, the monkey god.
He is a distant cousin of Hanuman of India and Son Goku of China.
The couple is guardian deities of arts in Japan.
ASAKUSA Underground wants to write more about them along with other funny and interesting Japanese mythical heroes.
We want to show your favourite mythical heroes, too.
(Some English translation of Kojiki are available on the net. Read the stories and please write to us.)

2 comments:

Jesse Mendez said...

Hi how are you? I like your blog and would like to become friends are you up to it?
Come and visit my site sometime, and please comment. If you do, I will do the same thanks,
and take care.
Jesse

Naoto Matsumoto said...

Thank you, Jesse-san.