Shinatsuhiko (Kojiki: 志那都比古神 - Long Blowing Lad,[1] Nihon Shoki: 級長津彦命) is a Japanese mythological god of wind (Fūjin). Another name for this deity is Shinatobe, who originally may have been a separate goddess of wind.[2]

The Nihon Shoki stated that Shinatsuhiko was born after Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto created the great eight islands of Japan.[3] After these lands were completed, Izanagi blew at the morning mists that obscured them and these became Shinatsuhiko, God of the Wind.[3] A Shinto liturgical text or ritual incantation called norito addressed the god in this masculine name while a different name - Shinatobe - was ascribed to what is presumed to be his feminine version.[4][5] Some sources also called the wind deities Ame no Mihashira (pillar of Heaven) and Kuni no Mihashira (pillar of the Earth/Country) according to the belief that the wind supported the sky.[5] It is noted that these names preceded Shinatsuhiko and Shinatobe.[4]


The Ise Grand Shrine contains temples, the Kaze-no-Miya (wind shrines), that hold betsugū (detached shrines) which enshrine the Shinatsuhiko-no-Mikoto and Shinatobe-no-Mikoto.[6] In Yūtō, Shizuoka, the Oki-jinja Shrine is also dedicated to Shinatsuhiko-kami and his wife Shinatsuhime-kami.[7]


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  2. ^ "Encyclopedia of Shinto - Home : Kami in Classic Texts : Shinatsuhiko".
  3. ^ a b Ponsonby-Fane, R. A. B. (2013). Studies In Shinto & Shrines. Oxon: Routledge. p. 251. ISBN 9780710310590.
  4. ^ a b Satow, Ernest; Florenz, Karl (2012). Ancient Japanese Rituals. Oxon: Routledge. p. 59. ISBN 9780710307507.
  5. ^ a b Aston, W. G. (2019). Shinto: The Ancient Religion of Japan. Mumbai: Outlook. p. 28. ISBN 9783734072581.
  6. ^ Murayama, Yusuke. "In Pursuit of the Wellspring of Japanese Beauty". Food of Mie Prefecture. Otonamie. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  7. ^ Katoh, Kazuharu (2020). "Health advocacy for reducing smoking rates in Hamamatsu, Japan" (PDF). Hypertension Research. 43 (7): 634–647. doi:10.1038/s41440-020-0418-0. PMID 32144401. S2CID 212420489. Retrieved 29 March 2023.