「古事記・天孫降臨/The Kojiki – The Goddess’ Grandson」
The Kojiki – The goddess’ Grandson
Ookuninushi became the ruler of the land below the sky.
Together with his children, they made it into a wonderful place.
One of the gods above the sky wasn’t happy.
It was the sun goddess, Amaterasu.
She thought her oldest son, Ameno-oshihomimi should rule the land.
He saw the land below the sky and thought,
“It is too noisy for me.”
So he sent his brother to Okuninushi to tell him to give up his land.
Three years went by, but the brother didn’t return.
Amaterasu decided to send a different young god, Ameno-wakahiko.
He was given a special bow and arrow and told to go to the land below the sky.
However, as soon as he arrived there he married one of Okuninushi’s daughters and decided to stay there.
8 years passed without any message from Ameno-wakahiko.
Amaterasu became tired of waiting.
So she sent a spirit bird to the land below the sky.
When Ameno-wakahiko noticed the bird, he used the bow and arrow to kill it.
The arrow went through the bird’s body and flew high up to the land above the sky.
Up in the sky, a very important god picked up the arrow and talked to it.
“If Ameno-wakahiko is still helping us, do not kill him.
But if he is not, then kill him.”
The arrow was sent back to the land below the sky and killed Ameno-wakahiko.
Amaterasu was very angry.
“Isn’t there a better god to send?”
Then a great worrier god was chosen.
He went down and talked with Ookuninushi and his children.
After some discussions and fights, Ookuninushi finally agreed on giving the land back.
Amaterasu was very happy to hear this.
She told her oldest son that he could now rule the land below the sky.
But he said,
“I think my son Hikohono-ninigi is right for this job.”
Amaterasu agreed and gave her grandson three special treasures.
A beautiful bead, a mirror, and a sward.
The bead and mirror have been used to bring Amaterasu out from a cave.
The sward had been found in the 8 headed snake.
With these three treasures, Hikohono-ninigi went down to the land below the sky and became the new ruler.