omikami

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THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN.

Finally. Three-and-a-half weeks in Japan and I finally feel completely at peace. Kamidana with Amaterasu-omikami enshrined within. She’s facing east, and the sun sets beautifully over downtown Sasebo behind Her.

About a third of the entire set-up were things I already owned, but even estimating the price of those and adding it in to a grand total, everything was less than $100. Hello, Japan.

Goddess of the Day: May 7

Amaterasu Omikami – Japanese Goddess of the Sun.  As ruler of the High Plain of Heaven, Amaterasu is the central figure of the Shinto pantheon.  She is the highest manifestation of the universe, Her radiance shining its life-giving rays over Her people and the earth.  Her beauty and light is encompassing, producing fertile fields of rice, wheat, and flowers. Her most popular and prevalent myth tells of when Amaterasu, overcome with grief, hid Herself away in a dark cave, causing the world to be plunged into darkness and despair.  Only the mirror reflection of Her exuberance and glory was powerful enough to draw Her out of hiding.  She is the inventor of weaving and spinning, and is represented by the mirror.

(text from Brandi Auset, The Goddess Guide)

M Y T H O L O G Y  SERIES

Amaterasu (天照?), Amaterasu-ōmikami (天照大神/天照大御神?) or
   Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami (大日孁貴神?) is a part of the Japanese myth cycle
     and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is the goddess of the sun,
      but also of the universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru meaning                      "shining in heaven.“ The meaning of her whole name, Amaterasu-ōmikami, is
           "the great august kami (God) who shines in the heaven”.
              The Emperor of Japan is said to be a direct descendant of Amaterasu.

Amaterasu-Ôkami - The Radiant One

Kami of the Sun, first of the “three noble children” produced by Izanagi, and highest of all kami entrusted with rule over the Plain of High Heaven (Takamanohara).

According to Kojiki, Amaterasu came into being when Izanagi washed his left eye as part of his purification following his visit to the underworld (Yomi). In commissioning Amaterasu to rule the Plain of High Heaven, Izanagi also entrusted her with the jewel necklace called Mikuratana no kami. | X

Pictures courtesy of MorgueFile, the MFA and Wikimedia

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Goddess of the Day: January 6

Amaterasu Omikami – Japanese Goddess of the Sun.  As ruler of the High Plain of Heaven, Amaterasu is the central figure of the Shinto pantheon.  She is the highest manifestation of the universe, Her radiance shining its life-giving rays over Her people and the earth.  Her beauty and light is encompassing, producing fertile fields of rice, wheat, and flowers. Her most popular and prevalent myth tells of when Amaterasu, overcome with grief, hid Herself away in a dark cave, causing the world to be plunged into darkness and despair.  Only the mirror reflection of Her exuberance and glory was powerful enough to draw Her out of hiding.  She is the inventor of weaving and spinning, and is represented by the mirror.

(text from Brandi Auset, The Goddess Guide. Art by Danielle Sylvan)

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Kamidana for the New Year! Doors are open at Ami-sama’s request, to help air out all the bad things from the past year. “Treat it as My home away from home,” She says. “I don’t like it when it gets stuffy.”

So quick story: it was super rainy this morning, which bummed me out because I was planning on decorating the Ami-sama’s kamidana and refreshing Her offerings and I like doing that when the sun is out. I go home and start fixing things. As soon as I place the last thing on the shelf (the newly lit incense stick), the sun breaks through the clouds – and these are the photos that came of it. Just some small saturation and cropping; all the light streaks are real!

Happy New Year to you, too, Amaterasu-omikami!

Did this while doing my homework. I really wanted to draw this fanart a long time ago. I’d be really happy if someone could do a better version. Amaterasu-sama ❤

Edit: I just realized, the way I colored her, she looks like Yukine’s girl version. Lol
Headcanon 12;

Eating habits and sample daily menu

As a whole, the Royal Family is happy and grateful for whatever food is put in front of them. Because Omikami is the only one of all of them who can actually cook, they are very humble when accepting food that is made for them, and will never complain about a meal.

Amaterasu is very adventurous when it comes to food, and she will happily try anything once, even if it looks/smells unappetizing. Her favourite food is cherry cakes.

Shiranui is much more reserved in his tastes, and will likely turn down more exotic food, but will never turn down a good meal if it is offered to him. His favorite food is sashimi.

Oshi is somewhere between his mother and his uncle on the subject. He will gladly eat whatever is put in front of him, but if he’s unsure of something on his plate he will nibble at it like a child (and because of his physical form, no one will argue with him over it– he does still look like a child after all). His favorite food is nigiri.

Omikami, being the “chef of the family”, is more picky than the others. He will gladly try new things, but prefers the finer side of dining, as opposed to comfort foods. He loves caviar.

Headcanon meme requested by lastofthemoontribe

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make me chooseapollo/artemis or TSUKUYOMI/AMATERASU (asked by hecvte​)

the goddess of the sun once sent her husband, the god of the moon, to represent her at a feast hosted by the goddess uke mochi.  while the food looked exquisite, tsukuyomi-no-mikoto found its preparation so vile that he killed uke mochi for daring to serve it to him.  upon discovering what her husband had done in her name, amaterasu-omikami was furious.  she moved evermore to another part of the sky, never again to look upon his face.  in such a way was the cycle of night and day begun.

Mystical Butterfly

“She’s been alone since birth; alone in a world where no one will accept a half youkai, half kami. Life is difficult, and her only hope lies in her pendant.

That is until one day, everything changes. She is brought into the world of gods by the one known as Amaterasu-omikami. In the beginning, again, no one accepts her; but as time goes on, she gradually finds friends and a family.

Your journey begins as you are traveling between the world of the gods, and the human world in the Edo Era. Together with the four sacred beasts, you will find out the truth about your origins. Perhaps you will even find love and happiness…”

This is a free game by Koyonplete! Each route is released separately; you can find them below.

Suzaku route:
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Android
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Genbu route:
(Released on March 11th, 2014)
Android
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Byakko route:
(Released on June 4th, 2014)
• Android
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Seiryu route:
(Released on November 9th, 2014)
• Android
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Have the muses recite this. It is the Amatsu Norito, or prayer to Amaterasu and the heavenly kami:

In the divine spiritual world of infinitesimal but truly existing high energy particles
 in the throne of heaven where the spirit of God is now manifesting itself as fire
by the power of the divine fire and water principles
Father of all living existence and man, Amatsu Su of True Light, Creator God…
and great gods of purification
our various impurities of the spirit
please purify by True Light
please revive in us the original power of a child of God
these our wishes…
most humbly and respectfully we pray
Father Creator, original God of True Light
please bless and protect us
Father Creator, original God of True Light
please bless and protect us
Bless our spirit, may it flourish in Thy kingdom forever.
Bless our spirit, may it flourish in Thy kingdom forever.

A little teaser of what's to come...

// Alright, the three of you have convinced me. Hehe~

And an explanation for those who are unaware? Although I typically play Omikami as identifying as a male, he is a genderless Deity. He simply changes his form to make people more comfortable to be around “him”. He has little preference between the genders, but finds that he is more emotionally attuned to others as a female, thus took that form during this RP.
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Kurow frowns a little bit, sitting down beside her. “…Mama…? …are you listening…? I have something important to tell you…" She doesn’t answer, but her eyes seem to twitch in his direction when he talks.

”…Mama…? Are you listening now? Dad is old, now…his hair’s starting to turn white, like he said it would…but, Mama, he doesn’t want to be alone. And you went away. So…Dad went to Aunt Omi…he doesn’t wanna be alone when he dies. Dad and Aunt Omi really love each other now…“ he sighs, sounding apologetic. "I’m sorry, Mama…I just thought you would like to know that Dad had found someone else…”

Amaterasu’s eyes widen at his words, first at the mention of Waka’s age, as if she had forgotten; second upon the mention of “aunt” Omi; and third at the word ‘love’. Her eyes are quite open now, though they had been nearly closed when he approached her; she looked almost frightened as her head very slowly in his direction. She blinked once, twice. “Found…. someone…. else…?”

Kurow nods a little in answer to her words. “Yes, Mama.” There is a seriousness in the boy’s eyes, amidst the sadness there. “Dad was able to find comfort and love that he would otherwise miss out on in the final year or so of his mortal life…”

Amaterasu was on her feet immediately, the madness of the few days past returned to her eyes. Her menu fan was in her hand, and her Celestial Markings glowed brightly as she flooded with power. It came off her in waves, fueled by her grief and anger. “Where are they? Take me to them. Now.”

The boy instinctively flinches away, nodding again a little. “They are in Aunt Omi’s room, Mama,” he answers softly, getting to his feet. Kurow fights the urge to flee from his mother, instead calmly leading her out of the room.

Her breathing was stable but heavy as she followed her son to where that traitorous pair stayed. The mind of the Goddess was racing with all the ways she’d like to see Omikami suffer. But questions first. Always question before you strike, Amaterasu. Not that anything Omi might say would change her mind. No one took Ushiwaka away from her. No one.

When they arrive outside Omikami’s door, he quietly peeks in. “A-Aunt Omi? Dad…? Are you still in here…?” he asks quietly, glancing back at his mother.

“You should leave, Kurow.” Amaterasu’s voice is steady, but her eyes seem to be looking through him. There’s a feral nature to her stance. “Go find Oshi. Stay with him. I don’t want either of you to be present for what is going to occur here.” She waits for him to go, looking to the door instead.