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Yamato Takeru’s Western Expedition|Japanese Mythology Gods
Yamato Takeru’s Eastern Expedition
As soon as Yamato Takeru returned to his country, the emperor ordered Yamato Takeru to
The only things the emperor gave Yamato Takeru on his expedition were a few soldiers and a long holly pike.
The emperor did not provide an army to Yamato Takeru.
After receiving this order from the emperor, Yamato Takeru departed and visited the Ise Shrine.
When Yamato Takeru met his aunt Yamato Hime at Ise Shrine, he cried.
Not long after returning from the western provinces, he have ordered to me the eastern provinces to be suppressioned.
Without giving me an army….
The emperor must want me to die!
Yamato Hime pacified Yamato Takeru by giving him the ”Kusanagi no Tachi” and a sack.
On his way to the east, Yamato Takeru met a beautiful woman, Miyazhime, in Owari, Japan.
Yamato Takeru fell in love with Miyazhime.
Yamato Takeru wanted to marry Miyazuhime, but he was now on his way to the east.
So he promised Miyazhime that he would marry her when he came back from the east, and he went to the east.
On his way to the east, Yamato Takeru persuaded those who had not before followed the emperor to obey the emperor.
Yamato Takeru was pinched in Sagami land
When Yamato Takeru went to Sagami land,the leader of Sagami land tried to deceive Yamato Takeru with these words.
The leader of Sagami land
Yamato Takeru believed his words and went into the field to meet the great God.
Then the leader of Sagami land set fire to the field.
Yamato Takeru realized he had been deceived.
He opened the mouth of the bag Yamato Hime had given him.
He found a flintlock inside.
Yamato Takeru used his Kusanagi sword , to clear the grass.
And then used the flint to start a fire, which he then turned on the other side of the fire and shooed away.
YamatoTakeru came out of the field.
He cut down the reader of Sagami land and set them on fire.
From that time, the land is called “Yakitsu” (meaning “burning” in Japanese).
Ototachibana Hime.Yamato Takeru’s devoted wife
After that Yamato Takeru tried to cross the Hashimizu Sea (located between Miura Peninsula and Boso Peninsula) .
The god of the sea there caused a wave.
The ship spun around and couldn’t go any further.
Then, Ototachibanahime , one of the Yamato Takeru’s wife said to like that.
Your Highness must complete the eastern campaign and return to Yamato.
The Otoachibana Hime lays a tatami on top of the waves and sits on it.
After the Ototachibana Hime disappears into the waves, the stormy seas subsided and the ship began to move forward.
Yamato Takeru composed a waka for Ototachibana Hime, who had sacrificed for him.
Sanekashi Sagamunoononi Moyuruhino Honakanitachite Toishikimiwamo
As the flames burned in the field of Sagami, you called my name.・・・・It’s story of when Yamato Takeru was deceived and set on fire in field by the leader of Sagami.）
Seven days have passed since the Otachibanaime was sacrificed to the god of the sea.
Yamato Takeru found the comb of Ototachibanahime on the beach.
Yamato Takeru buried the comb and made a tomb for it.
After that Yamato Takeru persuaded all the raging Emishi…a different people from the east, and the raging gods of the mountains and rivers to let them follow the emperor.
The suppression of the Easten countries was over.
When Yamato Takeru was returning to the West, he climbed Mount Ashigara.
Yamato Takeru shouted as he thought of Ototachibana Hime
Since then, the region has been called “Azuma”.
Azuma means “east” in old japanese.
The end of Yamato Takeru
Later, Yamato Takeru returned to the country of Owari and married Miyazuhime.
However, because he was overconfident himself, he made a mistake and carelessly lost his life.
One day Yamato Takeru climbed Mount Ibuki to fight the gods of Mount Ibuki without his sword.
His sword was in Miyazuhime’s bedroom.
He put his sword in Miyazuhime’s bedroom.
He thought he is strong enough,to fithgt the god of Ibukiyama without sword.
When Yamato Takeru were climbing the mountain, he met a white boar on the side of the mountain.
It was as big as an ox.
When Yamato Takeru saw the boar、said
I don’t beat you now,But I’ll beat you later!
and continue up the mountain.
In fact, the white boar was not sent by the mountain god.
The white boar was the mountain god himself.
The god of Mount Ibuki Angry at Yamato Takeru’s insolent words, sent down a ferocious leopard.
Yamato Takeru descended from the mountain with his life and walked around every place composing various songs.
But at last he was out of breath.
He composed these waka while he was dying.
Yamatowa Kuninomahoroba Tatanadsuku awokaki Yamagomoreru Yamatoshi Uruwashi
Yamato is the best part of the country.
A mountain of blue hedges, stacked on top of each other.
Yamato, holed up in it, is beautiful.
Inochino Matakemuhitowa Tatamikomo Hegurinoyamano Kumakashiga hawo Uzunisase Sonoko
If you’re healthy (unlike me), put an oak leaf in your hair, get dressed up and enjoy your life.
Hashikeyashi Wagienokatayo kumoitachikumo
A cloud rises from the side of my dear home.
And at last Yamatotakeru chanting that waka and passed away.
Otomeno Yukanobeni Wagaokishi Tsurukinotachi Sonotachiwaya!
My Kusanagi’s sword that I left on the floor in Miyazhime’s room!
It seems that Yamato Takeru regretted his decision to climb Mount Ibuki without a weapon.
The hero turns into a swan and flies away. Yamato Takeru’s funeral
When Yamato Takeru died, his many wives and her children , built a tomb and laid down on their stomachs around the tomb and cried.
Then Yamato Takeru’s soul becomes a swan and climbs into the sky and flies towards the beach.
The wive’s and children walk after the swan, crying.
Even though they injured their leg on the way, they forgot the pain and continued to chase after Yamato Takeru, who had become a swan.
One of Yamato Takeru’s wives
Asajinohara Koshinadsumu Sorawaikazu Ashiyoikuna
If we proceed through a field of small bamboos, the bamboos cling to our waists
And make it hard for us to proceed.
We can’t fly.
We only can go on our legs.
As the swan began to fly over the sea, the YamatoTakeru’s wives and children continued to chase it even though they entered the seawater.
One of Yamato Takeru’s wives
Umigaikaba Koshinadsumu Okawarano Uekusa Umigawaisayou
When we go in the water, the saltwater clings to our waist and makes it hard to move.
Like the water plants that grow on the broad riverbanks.
We can’t get very far in the sea, even if we wanted to.