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Konohana-no-Sakuyahime (木花 之 佐久夜毘売)
Lady Sengen (浅間様)
In Japanese mythology, Konohana-no-Sakuyahime (木花之開耶姫) is the goddess of Mount Fuji and the daughter of the mountain god Ohoyamatsumi. She is the blossom-princess and symbol of delicate earthly life whose image is that of the sakura.
The wife of Ninigi-no-Mikoto, they met at the seashore and fell in love. Ninigi asked Sakuyahime's father for her hand in marriage, but Ohoyamatsumi's other daughter, the rock-princess Iwanagahime, was offered instead. Ninigi refused, and Ohoyamatsumi relented. Ninigi taking Sakuyahime instead of Iwanagahime is said to be the reason why human lives are short and fleeting, like sakura blossoms, rather than enduring and long-lasting.
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Her full name in the Touhou series is Konohana-Sakuyahime (木花 咲耶姫), which differs from the way it is written in Japanese mythology. In mythology, her full name is usually written in one of two ways: Konohanasakuya-hime (木花咲耶姫) or Konohananosakuya-hime (木花開耶姫).
She is also sometimes called Sengen, both in Touhou and in the original mythological version.
Sakuyahime has long (at least hip-length) dark hair.
- Curiosities of Lotus Asia
Konohana-Sakuyahime is first mentioned in Curiosities of Lotus Asia. Rinnosuke mentions her as not only the goddess of mountains, but of sake.
- Cage in Lunatic Runagate
According to Keine, she is a water deity who calms volcanoes, originally read as Lady Asama, and then Lady Sengen. Her older sister was Princess Iwanagahime, the God of immortality, who resided on Mount Yatsugatake, or Youkai Mountain.
At some point, as said by Keine, there was a contest to see which was higher, Fuji or Yatsugatake. Yatsugatake won, but Sakuyahime couldn't stand there being a mountain higher than hers, so she broke apart Yatsugatake. However, since Iwanagahime was tired of her sister's attitude, she moved to Yatsugatake, causing Fuji's inextinguishable flame to disappear since Iwanagahime had control of the unchanging.
Years later, following orders from the Emperor, Iwakasa and his men were to dispose of the Hourai Elixir by flinging it into the mouth of Mount Fuji. However, while being followed by Fujiwara no Mokou, Sakuyahime appeared before Iwakasa, and warned them not to do so, for it would cause Fuji to become active again. They spent the night on the mountain, but Sakuyahime awoke Mokou and Iwakasa and claimed that the men had started killing each other over the elixir, although Mokou speculated to Keine that she thought Sakuyahime had killed them herself. Sakuyahime directed them toward Iwanagahime on Yatsugatake, which was more equipped to deal with the Hourai Elixir, but with Sakuyahime's words ringing in her head, Mokou robbed and supposedly killed Iwakasa halfway down Fuji.
- Wild and Horned Hermit
Sakuyahime is briefly mentioned in Wild and Horned Hermit, where she is referred to as the main god of sake.
Sakuyahime is the younger sister of Iwanagahime.
Sakuyahime met Moukou and Iwakasa during the events described by Moukou's flashback in Cage in Lunatic Runagate, Chapter 4.
- Today, there are many Asama shrines (around 1300) dedicated to Mount Fuji and Konohana-no-Sakuyahime.
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