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'''Toyosatomimi no Miko''' ({{lang|ja|豊聡耳 神子}}) is a [[saint]] who spread Buddhism across the country as ruler while [[Seiga Kaku]] taught her Taoism. She was the sixth stage boss of ''[[Ten Desires]]''
'''Toyosatomimi no Miko''' ({{lang|ja|豊聡耳 神子}}) is a [[saint]] who spread Buddhism across the country as ruler while [[Seiga Kaku]] taught her Taoism. She was the sixth stage boss of ''[[Ten Desires]]''.
==General Information==
==General Information==

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豊聡耳 (とよさとみみ)  神子 (みこ)
Toyosatomimi no Miko
Miko Toyosatomimi
Toyosatomimi no Miko
Toyosatomimi no Miko in Ten Desires
聖徳道士 (Ten Desires)
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Ability to the extent of being able to listen to ten people's conversations at the same time.


1445 (Born February 7, 574)


Dream Palace Great Mausoleum

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Toyosatomimi no Miko (豊聡耳 神子) is a saint who spread Buddhism across the country as ruler while Seiga Kaku taught her Taoism. She was the sixth stage boss of Ten Desires.

General Information[edit]

She is the incarnation of the fictitious tales of Prince Shoutoku. Her name comes from an alias, "Toyosatomimi no Miko" 豊聡耳皇子 of Prince Shoutoku. The fact that Miko was a child prodigy (a child exceedingly surpassing in wit and intelligence) might also be related.

Although she is a shikaisen just like Mononobe no Futo, the fact that she was designated as "saint" may be due to the difference that Futo never having stopped being an ordinary human.

She is also a true divine spirit, who are not the same as Yaoyorozu no Kami. Divine spirits are the souls that are revered as gods. There are those who became god while alive, and those who became god after death, but it is unclear which one Miko is. As the power of divine spirits is the power of faith, so that if there is more faith, then they would have greater power over humans and youkai, but the reverse is also true.


Toyosatomimi no Miko is based on Prince Shotoku (聖徳太子) (Shoutoku means "imperial virtue"), also known as Prince Umayado (厩戸皇子) or Prince Kamitsumiya (上宮皇子), who was a legendary regent and political figure of the Asuka period, living from February 7, 574 – April 8, 622. He was purportedly born in front of a horse stable, being named Umayado, lit. "prince of the stable door" as a result. He was crucial in the spread of Buddhism in Japan and according to folklore, could comprehend ten simultaneous conversations, like his Touhou namesake. Because of this, he was also named Toyotomimi ("Toyosatomimi" if it were read in the present-day style), meaning "abundant, clever ears". He eventually came to be recognized for his contributions and was seen as something like a saint, but some accounts of his life have also been subject to criticism and debate.[1][2] Other names he's known by are: Kami tsu Miya Ou (上宮王), Kamitsumiya no Umayado no Toyotomimi no Mikoto (上宮之厩戸豊聡耳命) in the Kojiki; 豊耳聡聖徳, 豊聡耳法大王, and 法主王 in the Nihon Shoki; and his most famous one, Shoutoku, in the Kaifuusou.


Although the name Miko (神子) is usually used with pretty much the exact same meaning as "Shrine Maiden" when it is written as 巫女 (also read "Miko"), since she is in the imperial family of Prince Shoutoku, one would think that it mean something different. It could also mean "Sorceress" or "Child of God". The name Toyosatomimi (豊聡耳) means "Wealthy Intelligent Ears".


In Ten Desires's official art, Miko has very light, almost platinum blonde hair, styled like horns or ears as well as gray eyes. She wears purple headphones bearing the chinese character meaning "Harmony" () which was used as the name of ancient Japan (Wa). Her clothes are a purple dress under a white vest with elaborate trimming. She holds a shaku and carries the Seven Star Sword (七星剣 Shichi-sei ken) on her waist, identical to the one worn by Prince Shoutoku in this portrait.


From the time when she was young, she was all out in displaying her talents and abilities, but because of her genius, she was dissatisfied. She considered, "the earth hasn't changed from the age of the gods, and the seas are still filled to the brim. Why must humans be forced to accept death?" and upon this consideration, she became dissatisfied with the human fate of death.

At that time, a hermit who heard of the rumor of Miko, Seiga Kaku, recommended Taoism to her. She was delighted at hearing that it was a religion that was a realization of true immortality, but she also conveyed to Seiga that Taoism is not a religion suited for ruling a country. Therefore, Seiga proposed the remedy that she would have the outwards appearance of having faith in Buddhism, a religion that has strict rules against the killing of any kind of life. Accepting the condition that in this way, the country would be stable, she advanced in the her own research of Taoism.

As other people of political influence put faith in Buddhism, in accordance with her own instruction in Taoism, she demonstrated superhuman abilities and pulled off feats so unreal to the extent that in future generations, fictitious tales related to her became well-known. The legends that she left for future generations had this kind of behind-the-scenes to it.

Miko was not negligent of her final objective of achieving true immortality, but in the process, the cinnabar (mercury sulfide, a poisonous substance) that was supposed to bring about immortality, instead ruined her body. She made the judgment that she would not be able to hold onto her body like this, and decided to become a shikaisen. However, as Miko was afraid of implementing it all by herself, she had a conversation with Mononobe no Futo who also had faith in Taoism: that by putting the curse of death on the self, they would become shikaisen and then be revived. Therefore, she relied on having Futo going to sleep first.

The scheme was firstly for the country to feel the limits of Buddhism, they awaited their revival in the time of seeking sainthood. If this prediction missed, though, the country would be under the influence of Buddhism for over a thousand years. In actuality, since monks continued to seal Miko's mausoleum with the power of Buddhism, she was unable to revive. Her plan was foiled.

Since there was no need to be in a hurry, she continued to wait until the time of her resurrection. It was because people grew doubtful about the numerous legends that she made. Currently, there are definitely no illusion-like powers like humans who display superhuman abilities, so it was inevitable that her exploits were suspected to be fictitious.

However, due to this denial of illusion, she and the mausoleum moved to Gensokyo. At the exact time when she moved to Gensokyo, there were no temples, so it was always possible for her to prepare for the revival. However, due to bad timing, a temple, the Myouren-ji, came about. Furthermore, like as if this was aimed for, it was right on top of her mausoleum. She judging that there was high danger of being sealed by the monk of the Myouren-ji, Byakuren Hijiri, and she was pinned down.

However, the seal that was pinning down the mausoleum was finally broken, and the divine spirits that were attracted to Miko overflowed throughout Gensokyo.


Ability to the extent of being able to listen to ten people's conversations at the same time

As literally stated, she is able to talk to ten people at once and still understand what they are saying. This is pointed out by her name, Toyosatomimi, which means "wealthy intelligent ears". Miko, who is from a high noble family, has from a young age heard many grumbles from government officials around her. Although one would think that nobody is usually able to understand such government officials, she understood all of it, and was able to give precise instructions to them. The aforementioned thus became a rumor that spread throughout society, and thus she gained tremendous popularity as a saint.

Miko, who has gained the power of faith through a long sleep, gained the ability to hear other people's desires. By listening to the other's ten desires, she is able to understand the other's true nature, and thus is able to know everything about the other person. Although originally such an act was not possible before, by being able to listen to ten voices of desire at the same time, she is able to see through the true nature of others. This is as pointed out in the game's title Ten Desires. However, this ability is not all-powerful, since in the case of Youmu Konpaku, who, as an irregularity, lacks desire since as a half human half yuurei she lacks desire of neither life nor death, Miko is unable to completely understand the other.

On a related note, despite the fact that she has this ability, "she fundamentally does not listen to people's conversations". It is likely that by hearing the other's desires, it would seem that she would hear others' conversations with the belief that she understands the other already, and that the contents and flow of the conversation has already been self-completed. Thus, on stage 6 of Ten Desires, the moment the main character meet with her, by her ability she gained understanding, and without consent or refusal progressed the conversation. She understood Reimu, Marisa, and Sanae as she conceived them, but talked to Youmu based completely on a misunderstanding.


In first person, she uses the word "watashi" and in second person, "kimi". It also seems like she uses "anata" in second person for those who acknowledge her true power. Since she is a saint, it would be appropriate for her to be polite in general. She apologized for being impolite to Reimu Hakurei when fighting her and invited Reimu to her home in Senkai.

Since she absolutely believes in her power to see into other people's desires, her essential weakness is that she does not listen to other people speaking. She correctly ascertained Reimu, Marisa, and Sanae's true natures, and based on this, she converses with other people as she pleases. In Youmu's case, though, who is a half human half yuurei, has wish for neither life nor death, she misunderstands Youmu's true nature, and although Youmu tries to point it out and tell about her true nature, she does not listen at all and simply talked more as she wished.


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Mononobe no Futo[edit]

Mononobe no Futo is an ally of Toyosatomimi no Miko. Futo acted as Miko's test subject during the process of immortality. She assists Miko during one of her spellcards.

Soga no Tojiko[edit]

Soga no Tojiko is an ally of Toyosatomimi no Miko. She assists Miko during one of her spellcards. Tojiko no Iratsume (on whom Soga no Tojiko was based) was Prince Shoutoku's (on whom Miko is based) lover.

Seiga Kaku[edit]

Seiga Kaku is an ally of Toyosatomimi no Miko. Seiga was the one who taught Miko the charms of Taoism.

Yoshika Miyako[edit]

Yoshika Miyako is a Jiang Shi guarding Toyosatomimi no Miko's mausoleum during her resurrection. As of yet any interaction between the two have not been seen, whether in the past or present.

People from the Myouren Temple[edit]

The Myouren Temple is an enemy of Toyosatomimi no Miko and her allies. The existence of a Buddhist faction lead to the resurrection of the Dream Palace Great Mausoleum. The Buddhist monk Byakuren Hijiri built the Myouren Temple above Miko's mausoleum in order to prevent her from resurrecting. Nue Houjuu, a resident of the temple, called in Mamizou Futatsuiwa in order to fight against Miko.

Other Minor or Unknown Meetings or Associations[edit]

Reimu Hakurei[edit]

Toyosatomimi no Miko has been watching Reimu before she was born and mentions that there are things she can learn from her.

Additional Information[edit]


  • The butterfly that Miko uses in some attacks probably alludes to the story of Zhuangzi's butterfly dream, one of the most well-known Taoist philosophy stories.
  • Miko's left hand appears to have been drawn incorrectly. Her fingers should be showing while her thumb should be hidden. Basically, it looks like she has two right hands. However, if you consider that the left hand's finger which the viewer sees is a pinky, everything looks normal.
  • With seven Spell Cards, Miko is the first final boss since the spell card system was introduced not to have either five or six spell cards (not including Kaguya Houraisan's last spells.)
  • Miko is the first and only game character whose precise age and birth date is known (assuming Miko is Prince Shoutoku). Remilia Scarlet and Flandre Scarlet's years of birth are known but not their actual birth date and Chiyuri Kitashirakawa and Yumemi Okazaki's ages are known, but not their birth date.
  • She is also the only final boss who is vulnerable when the player uses a bomb in her final spell card.
  • The sword is assumed to be Shichi-sei ken (七星剣), a Chinese-made sword originally owned by her namesake which was influenced by Taoism. It is one of two swords Prince Shotoku was most famous for.
  • In Miko's Spell Cards, the background features the Five-storied Pagoda of Hōryū-ji. Hōryū-ji is a Buddhist temple commissioned by Prince Shotoku.


Miko is working her way up in fanon. Although she is new among the fanbase, she has become very notable.

Masuda Kousuke's work Gag Manga Biyori (ギャグマンガ日和) is a major source for fandom. Since Miko's motif, to tell the truth, is Shoutoku Taishi, and as Shoutoku Taishi makes an appearance in Gag Manga Biyori, it can be said that for Miko to be connected to that would be a natural outcome. Also, some of Miko's spell cards like "Laser of Seventeen Articles" and "Guse Flash" echo, but the secret moves that Taishi displays, "Flying Reagent Poseidon" and "Asuka Civilization Attack" echo, which seem to coincide. On Saturday, 2011 August 14, on the Shitaraba (したらば) livedoor bulletin board, in the thread 豊聡耳神子スレ 耳あてその1 was post 29 with and although very quick, was text art of the Taishi of Gag Manga Biyori, and also on pixiv and individual image sites, Miko's form can quickly be seen with a blue jersey. Furthermore, in the ordinary case, Mononobe no Futo, taking the position of Ono no Imoko, she naturally plays the role of the straight man in the red jersey.

Another prominent one is "Miko-tan in shitao!" (みこたんインしたお!). As there was already the precedent of Mokou's "Moko-tan in shitao!" (もこたんインしたお!), and as there is also the influence of the endings of Ten Desires, this is something that one can comparatively quickly catch sight of.


  • Because of her known birthdate, a lot of fans stated that they would be celebrating Miko's birthday every February 7.

Spell Cards[edit]

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Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 37
名誉「十二階の色彩」 Honor "Colors of Twelve Levels" TD St. 6: E/N
名誉「十二階の冠位」 Honor "Ranks of Twelve Levels" TD St. 6: H/L
仙符「日出ずる処の道士」 Hermit Sign "Taoist of the Land of the Rising Sun" TD
St. 6: E/N
仙符「日出ずる処の天子」 Hermit Sign "Emperor of the Land of the Rising Sun" TD St. 6: H/L
召喚「豪族乱舞」 Summon "Royal Clan's Chaotic Dance" TD St. 6: E/N/H/L
秘宝「斑鳩寺の天球儀」 Secret Treasure "Armillary Sphere of Ikaruga-dera" TD St. 6: E/N/H
秘宝「聖徳太子のオーパーツ」 Secret Treasure "Prince Shotoku's Out-of-Place Artifact" TD St. 6: L
光符「救世觀音の光後光」 Light Sign "Halo of the Guse Kannon" TD St. 6: E/N
光符「グセフラッシュ」 Light Sign "Guse Flash" TD St. 6: H/L
眼光「十七条のレーザー」 Discernment "Laser of Seventeen Articles" TD St. 6: E/N
神光「逆らう事なきを宗とせよ」 Divine Light "Honour the Avoidance of Defiance" TD St. 6: H/L
「星降る神霊廟」 "Falling Stars on Divine Spirit Mausoleum" TD St. 6: E/N
「生まれたての神霊」 "Newborn Divine Spirit" TD St. 6: H/L
「神霊大宇宙」 "Divine Spirits' Universe" TD Ov
道符「掌の上の天道」 Tao Sign "Heavenly Way Atop One's Palm" HM
人符「勧善懲悪は古の良き典なり」 Human Sign "Tradition of Just Rewards" HM
「詔を承けては必ず慎め」 "Heed the Commands with Absolute Care" HM Use-LW
徳符「聖徳のプレスティージ」 Virtue Sign "Prestige of Shoutoku" HM Story
光符「無限条のレーザー」 Light Sign "Lasers of Infinite Articles" HM Story
「我こそが天道なり」 "My Way is Truly That of Heaven!" ISC St. 10
「十七条の憲法爆弾」 "Seventeen-Article Constitution Bombs" ISC St. 10
*特別に両方選ばせてやろう!* *As a Special Service, I'll Let You Choose Both!* ULiL
怪人「ヘルメティックマント」 Fiend "Hermetic Cape" ULiL Story
*大怪人の動脈と静脈* *The Great Fiend's Arteries and Veins* ULiL Story
*世紀の怪人赤マント青マント* *Fiend of the Century, 'Red Cape Blue Cape'* ULiL Story
怪人「ブラッディマント」 Fiend "Bloody Cape" ULiL Story (Extra)
怪人「カーシング赤青マント」 Fiend "Cursing Red-Blue Cape" ULiL Story (Extra)
「死生有命 ~自らの意思で最期を選べ~」 "Life and Death are Fated ~Choose Your End by Your Own Free Will~" ULiL Story (Extra)
光撃符「君を導く王道のヴァジュラシュート」 Light Strike Sign "Vajra Shoot of the Noble Path that Guides You" Co-owner with Byakuren AoCF Story
撃光符「スカンダの王道の威光」 Strike Light Sign "Glory of Skanda's Noble Path" Co-owner with Byakuren AoCF Story
蹴斬符「ガルーダの聖徳斬」 Kick Slash Sign "Garuda's Shoutoku Slash" Co-owner with Byakuren AoCF Story
光仙符「日出ずる国の僧侶と道士」 Light Hermit Sign "Monk & Taoist of the Land of the Rising Sun" Co-owner with Byakuren AoCF Story (Overdrive)
光風符「レイディアント風水マント」 Light Wind Sign "Radiant Feng Shui Cape" Co-owner with Futo AoCF Story
光符「君を導く夢王道の威光」 Light Sign "Glory of the Noble Dream Path that Guides You" Used by Miko's Dream World self AoCF Story
星神符「十七条の超人」 Star Divine Sign "Superhuman of Seventeen Articles" Co-owner with Byakuren VD Nightmare Sunday - 2
紅神符「十七条のカタストロフ」 Scarlet Divine Sign "Catastrophe of Seventeen Articles" Co-owner with Flandre VD Nightmare Sunday - 4
神紅符「ブラッディ十七条のレーザー」 Divine Scarlet Sign "Bloody Laser of Seventeen Articles" Co-owner with Remilia VD Nightmare Sunday - 5


Official Profiles[edit]

Ten Desires - キャラ設定とエキストラストーリー.txt

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Toyosatomimi no Miko of Ten Desires  ○6面ボス  聖徳道士

  豊聡耳 神子(とよさとみみのみこ)
  Toyosatomimi no Miko























○ Stage 6 Boss  Shoutoku Taoist

Toyosatomimi no Miko

Species: Saint
Ability: ability to the extent of being able to listen to ten people's conversations at the same time.

Born in a stable, she was recognized as a genius at an early age.

Born into a high position, she overheard many complaints when she was young.
People would let their tongues loose around her, assuming she wouldn't be able to understand them, so she heard a lot of idle grumbling from servants and such.
However, Miko was able to understand them - and provide very specific advice right away.
Rumors of her spread throughout the land, and she gained enormous popularity as a saint.

She had her own troubles as a genius.
"The earth hasn't changed from the age of the gods, and the seas are still filled to the brim.
Why must humans be forced to accept death?"
She became dissatisfied with her fate that, as a human, she would eventually die.

Seiga, who had heard the rumours about Miko, was confident she'd found the person she'd been looking for, and came to spread Taoism to her.

Taoism was essentially nature worship, and by becoming one with nature it could bestow immortality on its followers.

Miko's heart danced in joy.
She also told Seiga that her faith could never lead to having strong rule over a country.
Seiga didn't care about national politics so long as she could further her own goals, but Miko held a different view.

In that case, Seiga recommended, she should make the appearance of becoming a Buddhist. When Miko learned Buddhism was a strict creed that forbade murder, she determined it would be a good means to calm the nation, and accepted it.

Miko spread Buddhism throughout the country, in order to ensure that those without political power would not gain power. In the shadows, she advanced her own experiments with Taoism.

As a result, she obtained superhuman abilities and left behind a number of legends with which everyone is familiar.

She didn't neglect her work towards her ultimate goal of immortality.
She turned to the use of various unusual materials, such as cinnabar. This ruined her body.
She had destroyed her health because of the very Taoism that was meant to grant her immortality.

Thinking she'd be unable to wait long enough with the state her body was in, Miko decided to become a shikaisen. This was a secret technique in which she would die (or make it appear that she'd died) and be resurrected.

However, afraid to undergo the procedure alone, she reached out to Futo, and convinced her to go to sleep first.
Believing in Miko's power, Futo became her test subject. Once Miko confirmed that, after death, Futo continued to sleep without decaying, Miko went to sleep herself.

Miko had planned to awaken when the nation felt limited by its Buddhist precepts and felt the need for a saint. However, her calculations went awry, and the nation was controlled by Buddhism for over a thousand years.

Because Buddhist monks continued to place seals on Miko's mausoleum, she was unable to resurrect. Miko's plan had been foiled.

Miko judged she had no need to rush and could resurrect herself at any time, and so continued sleeping. Finally, the time of her resurrection came.

The trigger was a rumor that the legends regarding her were all fabricated. Since, in modern times, there were no more people with superhuman powers, it wasn't surprising that tales of her exploits were seen as simple lies.

As a result, her mausoleum ended up in Gensokyo. Since there weren't any temples in Gensokyo at that time, she prepared for her resurrection to proceed whenever she felt it was necessary.

By some stoke of timing, though, a new temple was built.
And, whether by plan or by chance, it was built directly over her mausoleum.

That was, of course, Myouren Temple.

Would Miko let herself be held back by a Buddhist monk once more?
Or would she fight that monk?

A fight just like the battles between the Mononobe clan (of the old gods) and the Soga clan (of the Buddhists) had fought over and over so long ago?


Official Sources[edit]

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  • 2011/08/12 Ten Desires - Stage 6 dialogue; Settings and Extra Story.txt (official profile)