This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Japanese Mythology

The Legend of Ninigi-no-Mikoto

Ninigi-no-Mikoto is a prominent deity in Japanese mythology, known for the divine descent (Tenson Kōrin) and is the grandson of Amaterasu, the sun goddess. His story is detailed in the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, and he is considered an ancestor of the Japanese imperial family.

Divine Descent (Tenson Kōrin)

Amaterasu sent her grandson, Ninigi-no-Mikoto, to the earthly realm (Ashihara no Nakatsukuni) to pacify and rule it. This event is known as “Tenson Kōrin.” Ninigi-no-Mikoto descended to earth carrying the Three Sacred Treasures (the sword Kusanagi, the mirror Yata no Kagami, and the jewel Yasakani no Magatama), bestowed upon him by Amaterasu.

Marriage to Konohanasakuya-hime

Upon descending, Ninigi-no-Mikoto encountered the beautiful goddess Konohanasakuya-hime (Princess Blossoming Brilliantly). Enchanted by her beauty, he married her, and they had three children. One of their descendants is Jimmu, who is regarded as the first emperor of Japan.

Trials and Loyalty

Ninigi-no-Mikoto faced various trials to establish his dominion over the earthly realm. Through his sincerity and loyalty, he overcame these challenges, bringing peace and prosperity to the land.

The Three Sacred Treasures

The Three Sacred Treasures that Ninigi-no-Mikoto brought to earth are of immense significance to the Japanese imperial family. Yata no Kagami is a sacred mirror, Yasakani no Magatama is a sacred jewel, and Kusanagi no Tsurugi is a sacred sword. These treasures symbolize the legitimacy and divine authority of the emperor.

Ninigi-no-Mikoto’s Legacy

Ninigi-no-Mikoto’s descendants are considered the ancestors of the Japanese imperial family, with the lineage continuing to the present day. His legend is deeply embedded in Japanese culture and history, and he is venerated at many shrines across Japan.

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