Hida: Roots of Nihon, Part 2

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Takamagahara, the mythical Plain of High Heaven, is not in outer space or Heaven, but it is here on earth; not on the Asian continent but in Nihon. There are iseki ruins which indicate that Takamagahara is right here in Hida. Because Hida’s tall mountains saved the people.

A third cold wave occurred with a great deal of snow in Hida. There was a meeting of the leaders of the land to consider moving to a more southerly and warmer climate. The family of the Sumera Mikoto spread out to different areas. Amatsu Hikone no Mikoto went to the area we know as Hikone in Omi (Shiga-ken), where he established Taga Taisha. Izanagi and Izanami went to Mie-ken, and that is where Izanagi died.

Ninigi no Mikoto went to Tsukushi (Kyushu); Nigihayahi went to Kawachi province (now Osaka). Both had Tokusa no Jingi so that their descendants would know that they were related. The Jingi included the feathered arrow, Ame no Habaya; and Ame no Kahiyuki footwear.

Hirume/Amaterasu had a dream that there were three streams of invaders on Tsukushi. Because her dreams were highly regarded by the people, it was decided to first send three princesses and check it out. After eight years the princesses returned with confirmation. So Ninigi was sent with a large group of young couples from Hida to settle and develop the land in Tsukushi.

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A conflict ensued between descendants of Ninigi and Nigihayahi which ended when they realized that both sides held the Tokusa no Jingi and were thus related. Nigiyahahi’s brother-in-law Nagasunehiko was allowed to go to Tohoku where he became the king of Arahabaki. [Arahabaki are sometimes referred to as visitor kami, perhaps because they came from elsewhere.]

A descendant of Ninigi, Sanu no Mikoto (his childhood name) became Takehito/Iwawarehiko and is posthumously known as emperor Jimmu. He, too, received the kurai-ita upon his enthronement. Jimmu’s two brothers remained in Tsukushi.

Queen Himiko of Tsukushi was a descendant of the younger of Jimmu’s brother Mikinuma no Mikoto, 239-266 CE. She sent a messenger to Gi (China) and is mentioned in the Gishi Wajinden. The Gishi mis-spelled her land ‘Yamato’ as ‘Yamatai’, and that is how Yamatai entered the history of Japan.

The ancient people of Nihon surely faced difficulties and hard work during their long history. Yet, the philosophy they practiced entailed living compassionately and contentedly without complaining and always looking to a bright future.

Can we learn a lesson from these people?