Toyotama-hime

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The beautiful goddess Otohime presents Urashima Tarō with a mysterious box that he is never to open. Illustration by Edmund Dulac (1916).

Toyotama-hime (豊玉姫?) (Japanese for "Lady Bountiful Soul"[1]), better known as Otohime (乙姫?), is a goddess in Japanese mythology and is featured in the Kojiki as well as Nihon Shoki. She is the beautiful daughter of Ryūjin, the god of the sea.

Lady Bountiful Soul married the hunter Hoori and gave birth to a son, Ugayafukiaezu, whose son was Emperor Jimmu, the first Emperor of Japan. After giving birth, she turned into a wani and returned to the sea.

The extinct crocodile genus Toyotamaphimeia was named after this deity, in direct reference to this myth.

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  1. ^ Heldt, Gustav (2014). The Kojiki : an account of ancient matters. ISBN 9780231163897.  More than one of |author1= and |last1= specified (help)