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Raijin (雷神)

Raijin, also known as Raiden (雷電), is the Shinto kami of lightning, thunder, and storms. He is frequently depicted as a creature resembling an oni (鬼) who beats drums to create thunder. His companion is Raiju (雷獣), a creature with a body made of lightning who become upset during storms, jumping around and scratching objects with his claws (a lightning strike). Some people would hide their navels during storms because it was said that Raiju had a strange fondness for sleeping in bellybuttons, and Raijin would attack that person in order to wake Raiju up. Raijin is also often seen with Fujin, the kami of wind.