Queen Himiko—often called Himemiko or Pimiko—was a legendary ruler who held sway over a thousand disparate warring clans in the kingdom of Yamatai. her name, a combination of the kanji for hi (fire) and miko (priestess), is a reference to the nature of what stories say were her supernatural powers: a dominion over fire and light and the sun. little is known of the elusive empress. some believe Himiko was Amaterasu herself, mother of all creation, while others argue that she was nothing but an opportunistic warlord who played on the superstitions of a people who knew no better. the truth, whatever it is, is lost to the ages.