What I wrote week of 7/3/2021

Girl silhouette Word Count: 2367 Pages: 5 I’m trying to catch my word count up to where it should be this week and got a decent start on it this weekend. I wanted to write more but there’s only so much you can write before you get too tired. I’m including an excerpt from the…

Kitsune Mythology in Inari Shrines

Torii gates at the Inari Shrine As a deity, Inari is one of the most confusing kami of the Japanese Shinto/Buddhism tradition. Primarily, Inari is known as the god of rice and agriculture, but also of fertility, tea, sake, industry, general prosperity, and success. At one point, Inari was also the god of swordsmiths and…

Japanese Yokai: Kitsune, Pocket foxes, and more

The Kitsune are mythological creatures from Japan. Kitsune is actually the word for "fox" but in this sense it also means "fox-spirit". Kitsunes are normally seen as seductresses (as they're more commonly female) or tricksters but they have a wide range of cool abilities.   *Please take this with a grain of salt as I am…

Japanese Women: Mochizuki Chiyome and the Kunoichi

Ever since the West has been in contact with the Japanese, the ever powerful, mysterious, and seemingly magical ninjas have captured Western imagination. Ninjas were a secret group of special forces, high trained, spies in Medieval Japan. Although popularized today, traditionally ninjas commonly did not wear the all black costume that we imagine them in,…

Who were the Onna-Bugeisha and Onna-Musha?

Utagawa Kuniyoshi [Public domain] Wikimedia Commons This is part of a series exploring Japan while I research the history and culture of Japan for my book series, The Messengers. Feel free to point out any errors or if you have anything to add! In my series on famous Japanese women and their roles, I would…