Japanese - A Shinto goddess of dancing and merrymaking. Daughter of Amaterasu, some say. Sister of Waka-hime. She came down to earth with Ninigi and some say that she became his wife although the story of his coming relates that he gave her to the giant Deity of the Field Paths who had helped him. She danced in front of the cave in which Amaterasu had hidden herself after she had been affronted by Susanowa, enticing her to emerge. In some accounts, she was a goddess of the dawn though others say that that post was held by her sister, Wakahime. Sometimes referred to as Uzume, Ame-no-Uzume-no-mikato, Ame-no-Uzume-no-mikato, Heaven's Forthright Female, Heaven's Forthright Female, Otafuku, Otafuku, Ame-no-Uzume-no-mikoto, Ame-no-Uzume-no-mikoto, Udzume, Udzume or Izume.

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