KONOHANA – Also called Sengen-Sama, Konohana was the goddess of flowers and cherry blossoms and is the wife of the god Ninigi.That god had come to Earth from Takamagahara, the High Heavenly Plain, at the command of his grandmother, the sun goddess Amaterasu.

Konohana’s father, the mountain god Ohoyama, offered Ninigi a choice between Konohana and his other daughter, Ihanaga, the goddess of stone which endures for ages.

If Ninigi had chosen Ihanaga all of their descendants would have had the fortitude and long life of stone but since he instead chose Konohana all of their descendants were doomed to have the fragility and short lives of flowers. This condemned humanity to its current state of vulnerability to the elements, disease, etc and to its comparatively short life span. As Sengen-Sama she is also considered the goddess of Mount Fuji.


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22 responses to “SHINTO DEITY: KONOHANA

  1. Woman

    I think there is someone similar down south in China that the locals pray too each spring time. I love it when I find something likr a myth or a legend and tell some Chinese people about it. Guaranteed their response is always, “they stole it from us, we had it first”, yup. Didn’t you know the joke is China invented water and air?

    Well, not in Korean, according to Kim Jong-il’s memoirs, he and his father created the world. So maybe China has it wrong?

    • LOL That bit about Chinese national chauvinism is hilarious!

      And yea, North Korea’s Kim family of despots would definitely have a problem with that.

  2. Fabulous goddess! really fun to read about her!

  3. I am in love! The goddesses you find r so interesting.

  4. Really nice twist on Adam and Eve.

  5. I am from the far east and I luv the attention you pay to far east myths.

  6. I really enjoy these goddesses u find!

  7. Oda

    I want my students to read ur mythology posts!

  8. Konohana is a beautiful goddess!

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