Glossary of Shinto Names and Terms: U

ubusuna no kami 産土神


tutelary of place of birth.

See Basic Terms of Shinto: Ubusuna no kami.


[Hikonagisatake] Ugayafukiaezu no mikoto 〔ヒコナギサタケ〕ウガヤフキアエズ (記: 〔日子波限建〕鵜葺草葺不合命、紀: 彦波瀲武?〓[茲鳥]草葺不合尊)



A kami appearing in Kiki mythology. The offspring of Hohodemi (the son of Ninigi) and Toyotamabime (daughter of the sea kami Watatsumi). Fathered Kamuyamatoiwarebiko (Emperor Jinmu) with Tamayoribime, who had raised the kami.


Uiyamabumi 宇比山踏


A one-volume work written by Motoori Norinaga, completed in 1798 and published the following year. Following completion of his Kojiki-den, Motoori used this work to discuss his scholarly views and positions for his disciples, explaining his areas and methods of research.


ujibito, ujiudo 氏人


clan member.

Among the clans of ancient Japan, the class of people who were rulers and ritualists.


ujigami 氏神


tutelary kami.

See Basic Terms of Shinto: Ujigami.


ujiko 氏子


shrine parishioner.

See Basic Terms of Shinto: Ujiko.


ujiko sôdai 氏子総代


parish group representative.

See Basic Terms of Shinto: Ujiko kai.


Ukemochi ウケモチ (紀: 保食神)


A kami appearing in the Nihon Shoki. Ukemochi means one who rules over foodstuffs. One theory identifies Ukemochi with the kami Oˆgetsuhime. After Ukemochi was slain by Tsukuyomi, various grains and domestic animals were said to have been produced from her corpse.


Ushitora no Konjin 艮の金神


The kami whom Deguchi Nao of Ômoto-kyô preached would overturn and rebuild the world. Originally, Konjin was a deity worshiped as part of Onmyôdô divination, and was believed to change residential direction depending upon the year, month, or season, and was believed responsible for violent human deaths and other curses. This cult merged with beliefs in unlucky directions; Konjin was particularly feared when in the ushitora or northeast direction. In Konko-kyô, which was founded at the end of the Edo period, Konjin was developed as a savior. Deguchi Nao was influenced by these ideas.


utsushiyo 顕世


See Basic Terms of Shinto: Utsushiyo.