Amaterasu’s grandson, Hikohononinigi, came to rule the land below the sky and had three sons.
The first son,Umisatchibiko, lived by the sea and caught fish.
As for the third son, Yamasachibiko.
He lived in the mountains and caught animals.
These brothers spent their days finding things to give to their father.
One day, Yamasachi went to see his brother.
“Why don’t we switch tools with each other?
Then you can hunt in the mountains and I will hunt in the sea.”
Umisachi didn’t really like the idea.
But finally agreed.
Yamasachi was very excited to try his brother’s fishing pole.
But he couldn’t catch any fish.
He even lost his brother’s special hook.
When Umisachi found out he became very angry.
“I will not forgive you until you find it!”
Yamasachi was crying by the sea.
When a kind god appeared.
The god put Yamasachi on a boat and said,
“This boat will take you to the sea god.
He will help you.”
The boat took Yamasachi down into the sea and to the sea god’s palace.
The sea god was honored that the son of Hikohono Ninigi came to see him.
So Yamasachi was given lots of delicious food.
He even married the sea god’s daughter.
Three years passed.
Then Yamasachi remembered.
“I have to find my brother’s hook.”
The sea god gathered all the fish and asked if they knew of the hook.
A redfish came forward and opened its mouth.
The missing hook was inside.
The sea god gave the hook and two bowls to Yamasachi.
“These are special bowls.
Use them when you are in trouble.”
Yamasachi returned to the land to find his brother.
At that time, Umisachi was growing rice.
Yamasachi went to him and returned the hook.
But from that day, rice didn’t grow on Umisachi’s fields.
He became very poor and very angry.
“It is all Yamasachi’s fault.”
Umisachi created an army and attacked Yamasachi.
Yamasachi was ready because he had the two special bowls from the sea god.
When he threw the first bowl, a big wave appeared.
Umisachi and his army went under the water.
“Brother, I’m sorry.
Please help me!”
Yamasahi heard this and threw the second bowl.
The wave magically disappeared.
Umisachi promised his brother.
“I was wrong.
From now on, I will god you day and night.”
Years later, the children of Umisachi continued to protect the children of Yamasachi.