ひのもとは あめつちかみひと やおよろず
いのちのうみに うかぶ まほろば – 古事記
Hinomoto (It means Japan now) was made from Heaven, Earth, a myriad of gods and Humans.
The perfect place where floats an ocean of lives. – Kojiki
According to the Kojiki that is the oldest record of ancient matters of Japan, At first, the wind rose from somewhere. It was the beginning of this world, the wind made the soul and it blew in the heaven and the universe. It was the beggining of the Heaven and the Earth, the wind blew in the Takama-no-hara (高天原, the field of heaven). Over there, The god of the center of the heaven (universe) appeared. The god of the huge hole in the central of the heaven, the god of the origin of everything, Ame-no-minaka-nushi-no-kami (天之御中主神) who caused the wind, appeard. After that, two gods who caused every life, Takami-musuhi-no-kami (高御産巣日神) and Kami-musuhi-no-kami (神産巣日神) appeared as the fog sprayed. They appeared as a fog, blew up the wind, then whirled up as a cloud. The beginning of the universe, the beginning of the heaven and earth. Those three main gods who announced the beginning were single gods who didn’t have a body and who hid oneself.
The power of those three origin gods pulled the god as a reed stretched soft and long, Umashi-ashi-kabi-hikoji-no-kami (宇摩志阿斯訶備比古遅神), the god who hardened the broad sky strongly and held it up, Ame-no-tokotachi-no-kami (天之常立神) appeared. Those gods also were single gods who didn’t have a body and who hide oneself. Also, the gods who made the foundation of the country, Kuni-no-tokotachi-no-kami (国之常立神) and Toyo-kumono-no-kami (豊雲野神) appeared. The bottom of the country was made and the wide and rich fields as a cloud were spread by them. Over there, the husband and wife of gods of soil, Uiji-ni-no-kami (宇比地邇神) & Imo-suiji-ni-no-kami (妹 須比智邇神) appeared together. Then, Tsuno-gui-no-kami (角杙神) & Imo-ikugui-no-kami (妹 活杙神), O-hoto-noji-no-kami (意富斗能地神) & Imo-Ooto-nobe-no-kami (妹 大斗乃弁神) and Omodaru-no-kami (於母陀流神) & Imo-ayakashi-kone-no-kami (妹 阿夜訶志古泥神) appeared. Every gods of them were born in pairs, harmony and they made lands and material.
Over there, at last, Two gods who were husband and wife appeared. They had the mission from all the gods, caught huge energy from heaven with their body and soul and they came down from the heaven. Their names were Izanagi-no-kami (伊邪那岐神) & Izanami-no-kami (伊邪那美神), they were the first gods who had a body as a human.
The middle of September 2016, I came back to my hometown the city of Gose (御所), in Nara, Japan. Because of my Tokyo life, I had mixed feelings on my way back. “I’m home” I said that as usual when I got to my parents’ house. “OMG!! Are you Hironori??” “Welcome back home, Thank you for coming back safely.” My grandma saw me, who didn’t announce that will come back home as usual and she hugged me with delight.
Few days have passed since that day, 18th of September, 2016, I went to my brother’s wedding. Because of this wedding, I came back to Japan for the first time in 1 year and 8 months. That’s why, if my brother got married to some ugly woman, I was supposed to hit his face, but my brother’s wife is a very cute girl and I was happy about it. I drank with all the family (our family, his wife’s family, and all friends of them.) and I was happy that I could come back to Japan for this wedding. Congratulations! my brother and Aya-chan, I hope that your life will be happy forever. Well, I’m sure that they are a very good couple like I’ve never seen before. However, this isn’t the reason why I wrote a Japanese mythology by Kojiki as you can read above. I’m sorry to my brother and Aya-chan about that but I have another reason about it.
I have a favorite restaurant named Grill Yoshida (Everybody calls Gri-Yosih) which is the best restaurant in my life. They offer very well and big portions of food which keep the exact same taste since when I was young and I always go there when I come back to my hometown, every single time because I really love that place, their food, mom and the chef as the family.
At this time, I went there as usual with a friend, I ate their very good food and I said “I’m home” to them. We talked about my story from this travel, and what has happened in my Tokyo life. He listened to my story and he murmured seriously and slowly. “Do you know the present situation of Gose?”
Actually, this friend of mine with who I went there, was a member of the municipal assembly and he told me what’s going in Gose. The population of Gose has decreased sharply in recent years and was below half of them since when I was here. The number of newborn babies was around 150 this year and they have to absorb all the schools into one. In fact, All the shops from the shopping street which I went to when I was young, were shut and nobody walked the street.
“If you will stay here, please help us. “
“Um… If I will stay here, I would be… “