Goddess Konohana Sakuya-Hime is the Goddess who represents flowers and life, also representing mountains and volcanoes. Her main shrine is located on Mount Fuji.
Sometimes called simply as Sakuya, this Goddess is also related to the cherry blossoms as they show their beauty and soon disappear. This represents the cycle of life and death. Her name is freely translated as “princess who blossoms the flowers of the tree”.
Goddess Konohana Sakuya is the daughter of Oyamatsumi, the God who inhabits the mountains. According to the Nihongi, Izanami suffered fatal burns when she gave birth to Kagutsuchi, the God of Fire. After that, Izanagi raged and cut Kagutsuchi into pieces. From his blood and corpse, several other deities were born, including Oyamtsumi. Due to this, Oyamatasumi sometimes is considered brother of Goddess Amaterasu, also being
- Attributes: Goddess of flowers and volcanoes (mainly Mount Fuji)
- Symbols: Cherry blossom (Sakura)
- Place: Japan
Goddess Konohana Sakuya – Goddess of Flower
When Amaterasu sent her grandson Ninigi to teach rice planting to the people of Earth, his way was blocked by Sarutahiko. The Goddess Uzume persuaded Sarutahiko to allow Ninigi’s descent and the two guided him across the Earth. Upon arriving on Earth, Ninigi found and fell in love with Konohana Sakuya and asked her to marry him.
Oyamatsumi sent Sakuya and also sent her older sister, Iwanaga-Hime, The Goddess of Rocks and Resistance, to marry Ninigi. Ninigi did not like Iwanaga’s face and returned her to Oyamatsumi.
Therefore Oyamatsumi warned that Ninigi’s life would be as beautiful as the cherry blossom, but would end quickly. If he had seen the essence of Iwanaga-Hime he would understand that even the strongest of the storms would not be able to knock him down, for he would have the power and strength of the rocks.
Because of this choice, Ninigi became mortal, and so did all of us, too. We live a beautiful and fast life as the cherry blossom does.
Konohana Sakuya – Protector Goddess
After the wedding night, Sakuya became pregnant. Ninigi suspected that the Goddess was bearing a child from another one instead of himself. Konohana Sakuya got angry with the accusation, and to prove her virtue she decided to give birth in a birthing hut. Sakuya set fire to the hut and said that she and the children would not be hurt by the fire, and this became true.
In other versions, Ninigi did not doubt Sakuya but angered her on purpose to prove that the children would be Kami.
She and three children emerged from the flames without any scratches. Their children are Hoderi (divinity of the treasures of the sea),
Goddess Konohana Sakuya – Goddess of Volcanoes
The Goddess Konohana Sakuya is called by people for protection against volcano eruptions and also to protect them from fire, just as she protected her children.
The Goddess is the main deity of the mountain and to this day remains. Temples were built in her honour and even today the annual fire ceremony is held on Mount Fuji. The devotees descend the mountain to bring protection to the city against the fire and to promote births.