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Yatsu
Yatsu
Earthbound Spirit Yatsu
Gender Male
Race Spirit (formerly human)
Location Gale Shrine
Family Princess Fuse (wife)
Appearances Ōkami
I am Yatsu, the earthbound spirit who haunts this area. Long has it been since any have ventured this way.

—Yatsu

Yatsu (「ヤツフサ」?; Yatsufusa) is the ghost that guards the entrance of Gale Shrine. He is later revealed as Princess Fuse's husband and the former priest of the Gale Shrine before his murder at the hands of demons[1]. Although he is blind, with his inner eye, Yatsu can see into people's souls[Citation needed].

Description

Yatsu is a Shinto priest, and as such, is dressed in the robe of one, which consists of a green shirt with long, separate sleeves, bearing symbols of wind and a blue hakama with black footwear. Yatsu has a hat that is a small windmill, on each blade of the windmill is the symbols of either a spiral or loop drawn in red, representing a sacred wind. Hanging around the windmill are several shide, signifying Yatsu's sacred status as a priest. On his waist, Yatsu dons a white belt, tied from a sacred rope and has a prayer slip on it. Always carrying with him is a gohei he used during life for purification purposes, and as a ghost, he still has it.

Story

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Trivia

  • Yatsu is the first non-hostile ghost encountered in Ōkami.
  • Yatsu is one of the few characters who realize that Amaterasu is female, as with his inner eye, he sees her as a "fair maiden".
  • The bangs of Yatsu's hair is somewhat reminiscent of dog ears, similar to Princess Fuse's hairstyle.
  • The gohei (御幣) that Yatsu holds is a purification stick used in rituals by Shinto priests which is decorated with shide (紙垂), the two zigzagging rice paper streamers tied onto one end.
  • In the original Japanese version of Ōkami, the Gale Shrine's name—"kaze jingū" ("風神宮"; "wind shrine")—has the word "jingū" ("神宮"), which is commonly used in Japanese to call high-status, Shinto shrines connected with the imperial family[2]. This means that the Satomi house's priests that headed the shrine (Yatsu is one of which) are related to certain members of the imperial court at the capital.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "But last year, the fiends attacked and killed the head priest while he was weakened by sickness, and the Gale Shrine fell into their hands."—Princess Fuse (Ōkami)
  2. Denshi Jisho's translation of "神" (じん) and "宮" (ぐう)

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