"I am Yamato Takeru." "This is the way we do in Yamato Regime." "Damn you!“ "I fire at him, so Takeru is over.“ "You are Takeru!“ ”Yamato regime is…" "scarely!“ "Don't underestimate Yamato Takeru." "I am the Yamato regime itself." Meanwhile in the heaven, Amaterasu becomes aware of this. "He is the descendant of Susanoo," "and his name is Ookuninusi. I've heard he governs the earth." "I am not sure if I like it." "It sounds like the human world belongs to Susanoo's lineage." " That's not right. It belongs to Amaterasu lineage," she says. "Yes, you are right!" "Because, Amaterasu, you are the greatest god." "That Susanoo is hiding in the land of dead." "Governing the earth is too big the job for his descendant." "Yes, exactly." "Okay." "I'll send an assassin." Then Amaterasu's assassins come to him. Isn't this fascinating? Here comes the Amaterasu's first assassin. "How are you? Mr. Ookuninushi." "Amaterasu sent me to kill you." "What?" "Well, well, well," "She thinks it's best the Amaterasu lineage governs the earth." "So why don't you hand over your country." He proposes. "Well…" "I totally agree that Amaterasu is the greatest god." "But first," "Why don't you look around our land." "We can take care the business after that." Ookuninushi entertains the killer. Amaterasu sees this, and "Wait a minute. I’ve sent a killer to him, right?" "Didn't I sent a killer?“ "Yes, you did.“ "How long has it been since then?" "It’s been 3 years." "It's been too long!" "And nobody have told me anything!" "Why you guys are waiting doing nothing?" "I am Amaterasu. I don't like fooling around!" "He is useless. What is he doing there?" "We heard he's got married there." "He lives there now." "What kind of joke is that?" "Incomprehensive! I’ll send the second assassin." "Send the second assassin!" So the second one comes down. "I am the second assassin.“ "Mr. Ookuninushi, I'm here to oversee he transfer your land to Amaterasu." "Oh, it’s been 3 years since last one came". "Well, why don’t I show you around our land?" He dodges again. Meanwhile in heaven "What's going on?" "Yes?" Didn't I send a second assassin?" "Yes, you did." "How many years ago was that?" "8 years." "This is too long! I am tired of complaining!" "What is going on here?" "Unbelievable. What has he been doing?" "Well, maybe…" "They both might have…" "been trying to keep the land for themselves." "They had no intention of following your order" "They have betrayed you." "That's unforgivable." "In that case, shoot arrows and kill them!" "As you wish. I will shoot them." "If they have betrayed you, this arrow would kill them." The second assassin gets struck and dies. "See! he betrayed you." "Seriously? This is not good at all." "I shouldn’t have sent amateurs." "It's time to send the best." So now, there is a God of the sword He is an elite. He is scary. "Have you called me?" "Yes. You are the one!" "We sent two losers, but now you go." "Understood." He is so powerful; nothing like the other ones. "Hand over your land!" "He is not like the other ones." "Why don’t you look around our land first?" "No need for that. Hand over your land now!" "Hum… This is not good." "Well, I am Ookuninushi." "My two sons take care of management." "Could you talk with them first?" "Well, I could." Then one of his son comes. "I am his son." "Hand over your land." "He seems too scary. We should hand over our land," he thinks. The other son comes, "Hey, you show up and demand us to hand over our land," "We are an Ookuninushi family." "We've been governing this land for a long time." "I am very strong around here, "Let's fight and decide." "That's an entertaining idea." A son of Ookuninushi against Amaterasu's best assasin They fight each other "You have no idea who you are going against." "I was sent by Amaterasu." "I have a direct order from Amaterasu." "I’m from the elite special unit." "Whatever. Yo are not my match." The son tries to grub the assassin. But the moment he gets the assassin's arm, the arm turns to ice. "What’s this? His arm turned to ice!" The frozen arm is too slippery that he can't grub it. The assassin swings his arm like this. Now the son is scared. Next the other arm becomes a sword just like the Terminator. "I give up! We give up our land." "Please take it." The third, elite assassin does his job. They agree to give up the land. Then Ookuninushi comes out. "Oh my poor son." "I’ll give our land to you." "You should've said it in the beginning." "Could you please do me a favor?" "What?" "Well, since you give us your land, I would do your favor." "I wish," What he has in his mind is Susanoo's words. "Built a huge Shrine in Izumo one day!“ "You have to become happy; happier than me!“ "Then build a big shrine!“ "Yes, I will!" He remembers his words. 'Mr. Susanoo, I couldn't make it.“ "I have just one regret." "Could you build a big shrine for me?" "The shrine dedicated to Ookuninushi." "Well, a shrine, a big one?" Yes "Good, I will talk to Amaterasu about it." He goes back to the heaven. This very big shrine in Izumo is, "Izumono Ooyashiro," "which we call, Izumo Taisha.“ Indeed, this is the origin of the Izumo shrine. Ookuninushi was the descendant of Susanoo. He built a country and gave to Amaterasu. In exchange, they built Izumo Taisha dedicated to him. Meanwhile in heaven "Amaterasu, they agreed to transfer." Now who should we send there to govern the land? "Well, how about my son?" The son of Amaterasu was a first candidate. But her son is having a baby. "Mother," "I have a son now" "Why don’t we send him instead? "What is his name?" "Ninigi." "Okay, that sounds good." From here Ninigi story begins. Ninigi, a grandson of Amaterasu, governs Japan. The story of Tenson kourin begins Ninigi is a grandson of Amaterasu. The land given by Ookuninushi was Japan Ninigi descends from the heaven and governs the land A grandson of Amaterasu comes down to earth "I am a grandson of Amaterasu, Ninigi.“ "I will govern this land." Tenson (A grandson of Amaterasu) Kourin (coming down to earth) He is a grandson of Amaterasu. He is a high ranking god. Ninigi wonders, "I want to find a nice partner." "I am the great god, Ninigi, grandson of the sun god." "Ookuninushi is not here anymore." Actually, he didn't come down to Izumo. For some reason, he came down to Takachiho, in Miyazaki prefecture. There is various theories about why there. He descends to Takachiho. First he looks for a bride. "is there anyone for me?" There happens to be a very cute princess called Sakuya Hime. "You are very pretty!" He is very sophisticated, "You are very pretty." "Would you be my wife?" She reacts, "You must be a very powerful god." "I feel your power." "Of course! If you wish." "But I have to get a permission from my father first." "I’ll go ask now." "Dad, I just met a grandson of Amaterasu. He is a very powerful god." "He is very noble." "He wants to marry me. Would you give us s permission?" Her father is surprised, "Seriously?“ "My daughter for his wife? Oh, how incredible!" "I made up my mind." "I have to show my appreciation for Amaterasu." "Amaterasu, no, Sir. Ninigi," "I am so grateful for you. You are a grandson of Amaterasu." "I’m very glad that you like my daughter" "This is an overwhelming joy to us." "I’d like to marry her." "She is a younger of two.". "She has an older sister, Iwanaga Hime." "It would be my honor if you can marry them both." "Two sisters as a set." have both sisters as a package deal. "Two together?" "Yes, two in one!" "Sir. Ninigi, a great god like you deserves the best. Please marry both!" "That would be my honor." "All right." "Please send them to me." So, two sisters come to Ninigi. "I’m Sakuya." The other one goes, "I’m Iwanaga." Now, Sakuya is really beautiful, but Iwanaga is not beautiful at all. "What?" Ninigi is shocked. "Well, I'm sorry, but…" "Are you really sisters?" "Yes, I'm the younger." "I'm the older." "I'm Sakuya." "I'm Iwanaga." "Hummm…" "Okay," "Miss Iwanaga, you can go home now!" He sends her back home. What? What do you mean? He let her go home You can go home now. "I appreciate very much that you came here Miss. Iwanaga." "The exit is over there." "Good night.“ "Sakuya, can we talk now?" He sends Iwanaga go home. Iwanaga Hime comes home. "Hi dad." "What? Why are you here?" "What did just happen, Iwanaga?" "He told me to go home." "Why is that?" "Well, I guess I wasn't his type." "He didn’t like me." "No, I can't believe that. He misunderstood whole thing." "There was a reason I offered him both sisters as a set." "Iwanaga Hime represents" "living a long life like a stone." "You embodies such a prayer and power." "Sakuya Hime represents beauty and prosperity like flower blossoms." "She embodies such a power." "So being prosper" "and keeping the prosperity last; " "the most important thing here is having both." "That is why I send them both," "but he rejected one." "This means he would be cursed by it." "I hope he is okay with that." "Mr. Ninigi, I want to make sure you are aware of the curse." "Hum, still I can't live with her. Good bye" "I can't help him anymore." Until then, all god such as Susanoo had eternal lives. They didn't die. But because Ninigi sent Iwanaga Hime back home, gods lost their immortality. because of Ninigi. From here on their prosper, but eventually their lives come to ends. They became mortal. This is the transition from God to man. Descendant of Ninigi and Sakuya Hime is the first emperor Jimmu. That is the end of the first volume. Only the first volume! We just finished the first volume! Don’t worry. In fact, most stories are in the first volume. The first volume the longest. The second volume is very short, and the third volume is almost nothing. The third volume is just the family tree. The second volume goes very quick, so the end is near. Now, the Emperor Jimmu. I’ll run through it. Jimmu says, "Takachiho is too far from the center of Japan." "We are moving to the center!" "We are going to Yamato. Let’s go to Yamato!“ They conquer the area and created the Yamato regime. This is the Emperor Jimmu chapter, to put it simply. "Takachiho is too far." then, "We are moving to Yamato!" Then the emperor Jummu chapter ends. Then from Jimmu, the story suddenly jumps to the 12th emperor. The 12th emperor had a son. He is the main character in the second volume. He is the son of the 12th emperor. The Yamato dynasty is established. The 12th emperor Keikou had sons One of them was Yamato Takeru. Yamato Takeru was not the first son, Yamato Takeru had an elder brother. His father, the emperor Keiko, tells him one day, "There are very beautiful sisters." "Bring them to me, and I take them as my wives." When the elder brother sees them, he is impressed by their beauty, and he decides to keep them as his wives. "Find two girls and send to my father." He sends his father totally different sisters saying they are the ones. The emperor Keiko is aware of it. Yamato Takeru also knows about it, "My brother sent totally different girls to our father." Then emperor Keiko told Yamato Takeru, "I want you to talk to your brother." "Nicely." "Reprimand him gently. That's enough." The next day, emperor Keiko asks Yamato Takeru, "Did you talk to him?" "Yes" "Hum, then why," "Then why don’t I see him around today?" "Have yo seen him?" "Well…" "I killed him" He says. "Are you kidding?" "Do you remember what I've told you? didn't I tell you," "to talk to him nicely. Why did you have to kill him?" "Well, what he's done is unforgivable. So I killed him." "Oh, no! He terrifies me although he is my son." The emperor is terrified of his own son. Yamto Takeru is too violent. Emperor Keiko is scared. "He is incontrollable. What should I do…" "I know!" "I'll send him to the battle field," "send him out of Yamato." "Yamato Takeru," he called his son. "Do you know Kumaso?" "Yes, dad." Kumaso was Kagoshima area in Kyushu. "There is a man called, Kumaso Takeru." "He is rebelling against Yamato regime." "You go there and subjugate him." "All right. If that's your order, I'll go." Then he goes. "He is seriously dangerous." "That was a great idea to send him to Kumaso." "He is crazy, unbelievable." "I told him to warn his brother nicely." "Unbelievable." So Takeru goes to Kumaso. "Well, If my father tell me to go, I must." He reaches to Kyushu. "Is that a village of Kumaso?" He hears the music. Kumasoes are having a party. "The man over there seems like the leader." "What do I do now?" "Okay, we'll attack during the party." Yamato Takeru is a handsome man. "We'll attack them in the middle of the party." "I'll sneak in." He untie his hair and dresses as a woman. to pretend he is a woman serving sake. He sneaks into the hall as a woman. Music is going on, and Kumaso Takeru is singing loudly, "Kumaso is my land!“ "This sake is good." "I'm a good singer." He is happy. "Sake is good, and shochu too!" "There is a beautiful woman I've never seen before." "The one serving sake. She is pretty." "I've never seen her before. Bring her to me. Bring her here." "She is new here?" "Go sit besides Mr. Takeru." "Give this beauty a space next to Kumaso Takeru sama!" Here comes beauty besides TAKERU "Girl, this is a honor for you." "Yes." She sits next to him. "Are you Takeru?" "Yes, indeed. I am Kumaso Takeru!" "What's happening?" "My name is Yamato Takeru. I am sent by Yamato regime." "Amazing! Is this how Yamato regime does things?" "I am impressed." Actually, at this time, Yamato Takeru wasn't his name yet, but Kumaso Takeru asked him to take his name. So he took Takeru from Kumaso Takeru and changed his name to Yamato Takeru. "I am the prince of Yamato dynasty." "You are the strongest! Please take my name, Takeru." "Yeah? Yamato Takeru, not bad." "Time to go." "What had happened to our boss? That pretty girl is a man?" "This is the order from the Yamato regime; be obedient." "Yamato regime is scary!" This is how he subdued Kumaso. On his way to home "Why don't we visit Izumo to kill some time?" "Sir Takeru, you seem to have a lot of energy." "Well, if I conquer Izumo, my father would be happy." There is a man called, Izumo Takeru in Izumo. Takerus were everywhere. Are you Izumo Takeru, the leader here? "Who are you!? "I am Yamato Takeru." "That's funny. We are both Takeru." "We can be good friends." "We both seem very strong." "You have a good sword." "You too!" "Why don’t we exchange our swords and fight." "That's amusing!" Yamato Takeru hands his sword. Izumo Takeru also hands his sword. "Alright, one on one." Yamato Takeru unsheathe the sword, "this is an excellent sword." "Izumo Takeru, I am ready for you." Now Izumo tries to unsheathe. "What's going on?" "What is this?" "This is a wooden sword!" He is so strong and cunning. "This is a wooden sword!" He is a sitting duck. "I am Yamato Takeru, and this is how Yamato regime does things." "You are crazy…" he dies. "We can go home now." "My father would be very happy to hear this." Meanwhile the emperor Keiko is, "it’s so peaceful." "Since he is not around, I feel happy and peaceful." "Hi, I’m home!“ "No! That voice is Takeru!" "Yamato Takeru!" "Dad, I’m home!" "He is here…" "How did it go with Kumaso?" "Oh, I killed him." "On the way home, I killed Izumo too." "He is too violent, too scary." He trembled. "I see. We'll talk tomorrow." "You can go to sleep." "Thank you very much." "Is he proud of me?" he goes asleep. When he wakes up, he is called by the emperor. "I appreciate your efforts" "on Kumaso and Izumo, though I didn’t ask you." "Thank you very much. I heard you were very brave." "Now, this is not a reward, but" "leave tomorrow and conquer the eastern territory." "You have the mission to conquer the eastern territory." "Yes, sir." "Conquering of the North east…" "I conqured Kumaso and Izumo." "But he has no word of praise for me." "Now he wants me to go to the eastern territory." "He really seems to me to die." He knows now. "He is scared of me." So he goes to conquer the eastern territory. "Slash, slash!" I’m Yamato Takeru. You are under Yamato regime now." "Oh, no, he is too strong! There is nothing we can do." "Yamato Takeru is dangerous." Meanwhile, Yamato Takeru is feeling hurt. "I am feared by my own father." So he goes to see his aunt as he visits Ise Shrine. He told his aunt, "This time my father sends me to the eastern territory." "I see, then you keep this with you." She entrust him the Kusanagi no Tsurugi, one of the three holy treasures. "I'd never lose with this sword. Off I go." He fights many battles with this sword. There is a famous scene, which he opens the grass field with his sword when he is surrounded by fire started by the enemy. "Now even Yamato Takeru won't survive this fire!" The eastern men set fire on the grassy field. Takeru swings his sword and clears the grasses "Godly sword, protect me." He remembers a small pouch which his aunt gave him. She told him to open this pouch when he faces danger. "What do you mean, auntie?" "Fire stone! I got it!" This is the perfect timing. He hit two fire stones together, "Fire for Fire!" He clears the grasses surround him so the fire won't come near. Then he appears from the fire. Amazing scene! "Takeru is killed by the fire…" "Takeru?" "Yamato regime is…" "too strong…" "Don’t underestimate Yamato Takeru." "I am with Yamato regime." Nobody could stop him conquering the eastern territory. But day, He is cursed by the god of the mountain. One day he decides not to bring his sword, Kusanagi no Tsurugi. "I don't need it because it would be a small battle." His wife tells him, "You better bring this sword, Takeru.“ "No, I don't need it. I can win without it." "It'll be a small battle in a mountain." Then he sees a big wild boar there. It’s just like the one in the Mononoke Hime. Wooooo.. "Are you a messenger from a god of the mountain? " "I keep you alive for now." "After I’ve done with this battle," "I will kill you." However, that was a god of the mountain himself, not a messenger. "What an arrogant human." "You will know the power of nature." After this, he faces many natural disasters in the mountain. "Oh, no, my legs, I can’t move my legs!" "I didn't expect a rock suddenly fell on me." "I wonder that wild boar was a god of the mountain?" "I can't believe I get cursed by the god of the mountain!" His legs were swollen into three big lumps. The place where he got three big lumps is called is called Mie (three layers). Suddenly familiar Mie prefecture means three lumps? It's gloss. Some says this is the origin of Mie. "No, I can’t walk anymore." "Damn, curse of the god of the mountain!" "This is my end" "Father!" Yamto Takeru dies. "I feel Takeru just passed away." From his corpus, Yamato Takeru became a big white bird and flew to the heaven. Yamato Takeru rises to the heaven as a white swan. The climax of the second volume, the adventures of Yamato Takeru ends here. "A hero has died." If he didn't die, he would be the next emperor. But he didn't receive his father’s love. He conquered many places all over Japan and left many legends. He departed to the heaven. The end. Yamato Takeru had a son. He had became the 14th emperor. The Emperor Chuai. The Emperor Chuai had a wife. The next chapter is not about the Emperor Chuai. The main character of the next chapter is his wife. The Emperor Chuai wonders "Am I capable to govern a country just because my dad is a legend?" His wife, the Empress Jingu says to him, "Of course, you can." Next moment, something comes over to the Empress Jingu. Something comes down to her. The Emperor Chuai asks her, "What just had happened, Empress Jingu?" Something seems to take over her. She declares, “I am Amaterasu.“ "A goddess of the sun, Amaterasu?“ "I'll give you an oracle." "I'll transmit you an oracle through the Empress Jingu. "Emperor Chuai," "I order you to invade Korean peninsula.“ "Invade Shiragi (ancient Korean country)?" "Yes. Invade Shiragi." "If you do it, this country will prosper even more." "What was it?“ "You just spoke an oracle." "An oracle from Amaterasu." "That's incredible. What did she say?" "She told me to invade Shiragi.“ "Let’s do it.“ "No. I am scared," the emperor Chuai says. "I’m terrified of invading.“ "Moreover, we don't know if the oracle came from real Amaterasu.“ The moment he says that, he’s killed because he questioned an oracle. "Emperor Chuai!" The empress Jingu is shocked, “Something important is happening." "If I don’t obey her, I'll be dead." "I go to Shiragi." The new episode; the invasion of Shiragi by the Empress Jingu begins here. The wife of the emperor invades Korean peninsula and conquers Shiragi. Then she comes back to Japan "Our country prospers now! We've conquered Korea!“ After this, her lineage continues and generations of the emperors are listed Despite many internal conflicts, the lineage continues generation after generation. And we are the era of the 33th, Empress Suiko. THE END The grand finale with fanfare. It says a lot had happened, but doesn't mentioning any of them. Simply ends with the Empress Suiko. First the gods' story then it shifted to men The heroes have arisen and they conquered other countries. This is the summary of the story. Now, Isn't this fascinating story? Kojiki is super exciting story. Nevertheless why we don’t know this story? This is the biggest question of all. This has to do with our history. On my next video, I'll explain about the historical background and about the biggest mystery of Kojiki story! We are taught in school how Japan was created; There was a big battle against Izumo, then surrendering Izumo happened. But we have never learned about Izumo dynasty. What is that all about? From there, someday we might discover the truth of our country.