The Kojiki, which translates to “the record of ancient matters”, is an ancient document that elaborates the legends and myths of Japan. Japanese mythology dates back 2000 years and melds the beliefs of the Shinto and Buddhist religions with a focus on creation and the forces of nature.

According to the legend, all of creation emerged from a mud- like ooze that first formed heaven and earth. The deities followed creation, and Japanese mythology has an extensive pantheon of gods and goddesses which still play an important role in the arts of Japan today.

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