The High Plain of Heaven

Translated from Kitaro no Tengoku to Jigoku

The High Plain of Heaven (Takamagahara) is only accessible by those of high rank or social position. Some place it in Hiyuga (Modern day Miyazaki prefecture) while others say it is more Northern. Some will say that it is located in the skies overhead the ancient capitol of Nara.

In the High Plain of Heaven live the two gods Amaterasu–Omikami and Takami Musubi, who issue commands to the other Japanese deities from the Iwakura, the sacred rock throne.  These two are the greatest of Japan’s kami.  Of course, in the world of kami there are high-ranking kami and low-ranking kami.

During festivals or wedding ceremonies it is common to hear the Shinto priest offer prayers to the great kami of the High Plains of Heaven.   In ancient Japan, the place where humans dwelled was called the Central Land of the Reed Plains (Ashihara no Nakatsukuni).

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