Konohana-no-Sakuyahime (木花 之 佐久夜毘売)
Lady Sengen (浅間様)
Konohana-Sakuyahime (木花 咲耶姫), also refered to as Sakuyahime for short, is a Shinto goddess who appears in Chapter 4 of Cage in Lunatic Runagate in flashback, as told by Fujiwara no Mokou.
Konohana-no-Sakuyahime (木花之開耶姫) is the daughter of the mountain god Ohoyamatsumi, symbol of delicate earthly life whose image is that of the sakura, and goddess of Mount Fuji. The wife of Ninigi, they met at the seashore and fell in love. Ninigi asked Ohoyamatsumi for her hand in marriage, but his other daughter, Iwanaga was offered instead. Ninigi refused and Ohoyamatsumi relented. Because Ninigi took Sakuya instead of Iwanaga, the rock-princess, human lives are said to be short and fleeting, like the sakura blossoms, instead of enduring and long lasting.
Today, Asama Shrine, of which there are 1300 of them, is dedicated to Mount Fuji and Konohana-no-Sakuyahime.
- 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 Iwanaga, 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 Sakuya couldn't stand there being a mountain higher than hers, so she broke apart Yatsugatake. However, since Iwanaga was tired of her sister's attitude, she moved to Yatsugatake, causing Fuji's inextinguishable flame to disappear since Iwanaga 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, Sakuya 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 Sakuya 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 Sakuya had killed them herself. Sakuya directed them toward Iwanaga on Yatsugatake, which was more equipped to deal with the Hourai Elixir, but with Sakuya's words ringing in her head, Mokou robbed and supposedly killed Iwakasa halfway down Fuji.
- Iwanagahime (Sister)
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