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Gender Male
Race Human
Location Kamiki Village
Family Mushi's Mama (mother)
Nazo (ancestor)
Hayabusa (pet)
Appearances Ōkami
He's a little rascal, my son. But he's an adorable kid, really. And they say adorable kids need a good thumpin' from time to time!

Mushi's Mama

Mushi (「ムシカイ」?; Mushikai) is a young boy who lives in Kamiki Village with his mother and pet dog Hayabusa. He is often seen carrying a pet dragonfly on a string.


Mushi is a mischievous little boy who spends all his time with his dog, Hayabusa. He holds great confidence in both himself and his dog and believes that with enough hard work, the two can achieve anything. He enjoys trying to dig up his mother's turnips despite his fear of being hit by her. Mushi is humble in defeat as he readily admits that Amaterasu is the better canine after she beats Hayabusa's turnip digging record. His closeness with Hayabusa can also cause him to become quite upset if he feels Hayabusa is not listening to him.


Mushi is a small boy who always carries a a dragonfly on the end of a string. He wears a one piece, blue outfit, fastened by a string at the waist. He has a large red, round nose and rosy red cheeks. He has small, round eyebrows that resemble the basic shape of a tomoe, a Japanese shape that resembles a comma. His hair is spiked straight up at the top and tied into buns on each side of the back of his head.


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  • "Hm? A white wolf? Now that's just plain weird."
  • "Behold, the new king of hole digging, Snowy. Your name shall go down in history here in Kamiki Village."
  • "Now that's the tackle of a hole-digging king!"
  • "Boy, you're sure weird, Susano. Is that supposed to be some new kind of training or what?"
  • "Snowy, the hole-digging king... I never dreamt that you were a god! You're gonna make Hayabusa a nervous wreck if you don't get that sun shining again soon."



  • Initially, in the early versions of Ōkami, Mushi and his mother was intended to be in a tutorial, and he was simply named as "Snot-Nose"[2].
  • Nazo is Mushi's ancestor, who is met when Amaterasu travels back in time. He has what appears to be a floating Dogu head on a string instead of Mushi's dragonfly.
  • The Ōkami Official Complete Works shows a grown up Mushi tending to the turnip garden, with Susano's son and a pack of Hayabusa's puppies digging the turnips
  • The most common meaning of "mushi" (「ムシ」?) is "bug", written by the kanji 虫[3]. Mushi's pet dragonfly serves as a reference for this.


  1. "I don't need a lazy, disobedient dog like him!!"—Mushi (Ōkami)
  2. "Mushi Household:
    Initially, these characters were made for the tutorial, and the boy's name was simply "Snot-Nose". We were asked to have the boy engaging in "some child-like pastime", so we attached a dragonfly to the end of a string for him to tow around. The jar on the mother's head was going to be used for target practice in the tutorial, and now that I think back on it, little details like that were the most fun to come up with.
    —Mari Shimazaki (p.119, Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ōkami Concept Works, Ōkami Official Complete Works)
  3. Denshi Jisho's translation of "虫" (むし)

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