• Myth

    The leech-child

    Descending from the heavens to this island, they erected a heavenly pillar and a spacious palace. At this time Izanagi-no-mikoto asked his spouse Izanami-no-mikoto, saying: “How is your body formed?” She replied, saying: “My body, formed though it be formed, has one place which is formed insufficiently.” Then Izangi-no-mikoto said: “My body, formed though it be formed, has one place which is formed to excess. Therefore, I would like to take that place in my body which is formed to excess and insert it into that place in your body which is formed insufficiently, and thus give birth to the land. How would this be?” Izanami-no-mikoto replied saying: “That will…