Category Archives: Earth

Climate of Kunitokotati’s Time

Temperature over the last 13,000 years, by Yasuda Yoshinori.

This is a continuation of Julian Way’s post about Kunitokotati (Kunitokotachi)

The climate of the Japanese archipelago 15,000 BCE switched from continental type to oceanic type. In the archipelago, centered at 40 degrees north latitude with lots of snow, buna (beech) and oak type deciduous broad-leaved forests expanded. In the midst of the forests of the temperate zone, the oldest doki earthenware of the initial Jomon culture began. Excavation at Fukui-ken Torihama kaizuka 鳥浜貝塚 showed that Jomon resided there 14,500 years ago. 


13,500 years ago, 7,000 people came from Baikal due to climate change on the continent. This map shows Lake Baikal in the upper left corner. The arrow indicates the movement of those Altaic people to East Asia and northern Japan. Hokkaido was still connected to the continent. They migrated to East Nihon where there were only 1500 people, so that 4 out of 5 people were from Baikal. 

Those who solved the difficulty of changing climate and population were those who were later called “Kunitokotachi.” The time was ten thousand years ago. It corresponds to the end of the early Jomon period.

In the days of Toyoke, Isanagi, and Amateru-kimi, around 3,000 years ago, it was getting colder and colder. See chart above by Yasuda Yoshinori, author of Rice-Cultivation Fishing Culture. Note the temperature rise 10,000 years ago, and the warm temperatures between 6,000 to 5,000 years ago, and the cool climate of 3,000 to 2,000 years ago.

The chart below covers a period of 18,000 years. Although the ice age was ending, there was a cooling period called the Younger-Dryas around 11,000 years ago. The warm period is called the Holocene maximum.


Image and quote credit here.

Warming began about 15,000 years ago, interrupted about 4,000 years later by the Younger Dryas, a time when colder conditions returned for about 1,000 years. 10,000 years ago another period of abrupt warming began bringing climate into the present interglacial.




Happy New Year!


View toward winter solstice sunrise from Asadori Myoujin (photo by Iwakage)

We at WoshiteWorld send our best wishes for the New Year beginning on winter solstice day, December 21-22. We do realize that it is summer solstice for you readers who live in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, north of the equator, since indigenous times, the December winter solstice marked the beginning of the new year.

The people of the Wosite era had a calendar, and it is described in the documents. Also, from the research done at the Kanayama Megaliths in Gifu Prefecture, we know that for more than five thousand years, the Jomon people observed the sun’s path in the sky and made a highly accurate calendar. The precise dates of the winter and summer solstices are difficult to determine by observations, but these ancient people accomplished this difficult task.

Here are two posts about the solstice by Okunomichi, and by Iwakage. There is also a winter solstice festival at Asadori Myoujin, which stems from prehistoric Jomon Japan. Perhaps the people of Wosite participated in it. The winter solstice is described in Wosite documents as the beginning of a new year and a time of renewal.

To our readers, best wishes for a happy new year!





Hotsuma Tsutae, Aya One. 2. The Four Cardinal Directions

Ed. Note:   This is a continuation of Aya One. Wakahime’s foster father Kanasaki, now known in shrines as Sumiyoshi Kami, explains to her the meaning of the five direction system, KI-TSU-O-SA-NE (E-W-Center-S-N). [On the map below, traditionally the north direction is toward the bottom of the page.] He connects it with diurnal and seasonal processes and implies a philosophical framework for society. As a cycle, it is to be regarded as clockwise. In Japanese convention, clockwise is called left-turning circular motion. Kitsu-o-sa-ne relates space and time. And suggests how to live well. 

Why the Names of East and West

Nakararute            Sumie no okina             Sumiyoshi kami (Kanasaki) …

Kore wo shiru        Wakahime satoku         Clever Wakahime asked him

Kanasaki ni            kitsusane no na no       Kanasaki, why the names of East-West

Yue wo kofu            okina no iwaku            He replies:

Hi no itsuru            kashira wa Higashi            Sun’s head rises in east

Take nohoru            minamiru Minami            Sun rises, everyone looks south

Hi no wotsuru          Nishi ha nishi tsumu           Sun sets, sinks in west.        

Cooking Rice          

yone to mizu           kama ni kashigu wa            Rice and water, cook in pot

hikashira ya            niebana minami             the fire is high, cook medium

niru shizumu            eka hi to tabi no           lower down; a good day

mike wa kore            furutoshifu yori          food, two meals

tsuwo mi (3) ke no   hito wa moyoro ni          month, 3 meals, million years

tsuwo mu (6) ke no   hito wa fusoyoro         month, 6 meals, two million years

ima no yo wa      tada fuyoro toshi           The present world, only 20,000 years.

Food and Long Life

iki naruru            mike ga sanareba           To live we must have food

yo-wa-i nashi      yue ni onkami              to not weaken, Kanasaki says,

tsuki ni mike      nigaki ahona ya            month of three meals, bitter ahona.

The Cardinal Directions

minami muki      asaki wo ukete            South facing, fresh air

nagaiki no        miya no ushiro wo            to live long, stand with your back to the house

kita to ifu            yoru wa neru yoru            North, night for sleeping

kiku wa ne zo     moshi hito kitari            don’t sleep to the north.  If someone comes

koto wa ken       awane ha kita yo            don’t meet person from north

afu wa hide       minami ni koto wo           Meet someone in east, south for understanding things

wakimaete     wochitsuku wa nishi           matters settle down in the west.

kaeru kita       ne yori kitari te            Returning from north, go back north

Ne ni kaeru.  

The Seasons and Directions

Ki wa haruwakaba            Spring’s young leaves

Natsu awoba     aki ni e momiji           summer green leaves, autumn maples

Fuyu wochiba.   Kore mo onajiku           winter fallen leaves.     This is the same

Ne wa kita ni       kizasu higashi ya          Roots in the north, sprouts in the east

Sa ni sakaru        tsu wa nishi tsukuru               south blooms, west ripens.

O wa kimi no        kuni osamure wa            The center kimi pacifies the land

Ki-tsu-o-sa-ne      yomo to naka nari         E-W-center-S-N, four directions and center

Ki wa higashi         hana-ha mo minami        tree in east, flower-leaves in south

Ko no mi nishi          mi wo wakewo furu            nuts in west, seeds in south,

Ki no mi yuru.        Kimi wa o-me kami             fruits of tree.     Kimi is male-female kami.

Shikaru nochi          isawa no miya ni            after a while, to Isawa Hall.

Map of Kaminoyo



10. Ametuti: Cosmos and Earth


The above image of M51 Whirlpool Galaxy is by NASA and European Space Agency and is in the public domain. The Wosite chart in this article is by S. Sakata.

This article describes Wosite cosmogenesis, how Cosmos and Earth are created by primordial forces of Universe. While we show only one short passage, the insights expressed here have been derived from other passages in Wosite literature. It is quite difficult to render into contemporary English. It requires study and practice of esoteric and hidden teachings. It is our intention to offer our modest knowledge so that people everywhere may benefit from it.

Hotuma Tutae Ametuti Passage

Ametuti Passage H.T

There is a very profound description of the origination of Cosmos, Sun, Moon, and Earth, found in Hotuma Tutae lines 2576-2583. This passage in Wosite is reproduced above, as verse in rhythms of five and seven. Next, we present the voicing of the verse. As you read it out loud, please sound each syllable clearly and consciously.

ame tuti no      hirakeru toki no

hi to iki ga:      me wo to wakarete

wo ha ame ni,      me ha tuti to naru.

wo no utuho      kase umi, kase mo

ho to wakare.      u wose no mune ha

hi no wa naru.      i me no minamoto

tuki to naru.      tuti ha hani mitu;

katu hani ha      yama sato to naru.

Glossary for lines 2576-2585:

ame,  cosmos, sun.  tuti,  earth.  hirakeru,  opening, separating in a natural way.  toki,  time.  hi,  first (when written as shown).  iki,  breath, will, mind.  wakarete,  divide.  wo,  male aspect of energy.  me,  female aspect of energy.  naru,  to become.  utuho,  ‘space’ energy of universe.  kase,  repetetive motion.  umi,  born.  ho,  fire (when written as shown).  u, great. wose,  male energy.  mune,  breath, origin, root.  hi-no-wa,  sun (when written as shown).  i,  will, mind, intent.  minamoto,  essence.  tuki,  moon.  hani,  soil without water; stabilized, fixed, determinate.  mitu,  energy moving, flowing.  katu,  moreover.  yama,  mountain.  sato,  plain.

The passage in Wosite & English:

At the time when Ame and Tuti separate,

first breath divides into a pair of Me and Wo.

Wo becomes Ame/Sun,

while Me becomes Tuti/Earth.

Wo no Utuho becomes very hot like Ho and produces Kase,

and Kase separates out Ho.

U-wose produces Hi-no-wa.

The essence of I-me becomes Tuki.

Tuti is made of Hani and Mitu.

And Hani makes mountains and plains.


With the first breath of origin, various phenomena occur. First Utuho Space energy divides into a pair of Male and Female energies. The Male energy being lighter, it becomes Sun and other celestial bodies. This is called Ame. Female heavy energy firmly solidifies and becomes Earth and Moon.

Kase comes from Male cosmic energy. Kase Wind energy is a regular occurrence, repetitive motion. It means that something is happening, regularly repeating. Although Kase is unseen, it implies the passage of time, and even more importantly, that time itself exists.

The part of Kase that moves vigorously at high temperature is called Ho, Fire energy. These three —Utuho, Kase, Ho — are always moving strongly, and are Male cosmic energy.

Sun from the Male was placed near Earth. Moon from the Female was placed closer to Earth. Life forms of people are comprised of inter-workings and characteristics of the five: Utuho/Space, Kase/Wind, Ho/Fire, Mitu/Water, Hani/Soil. Male energy of humans has Sun as its essence; Female will of humans has Moon as its essence.

The ground of Earth can be divided into Mitu and Hani. The hardened stable Hani makes the soil of mountains and fields. Water is a form of Mitu. The nature of Mitu is to increase as it flows, gathering while not changing its essence, and flows without stopping.

It is important to note that Space, Wind, Fire, Water, Soil, are not “things”; they are primordial energies with characteristic types of activity and therefore they represent processes. We may think in terms of gerunds: Soil hardening, Water flowing, Fire heating, Wind blowing, Space activating. Although this is rather simplistic, it is a start toward deeper understanding. 

We suggest that you spend time sounding the vowels to feel their primal energies. Write Wosite vowels and imagine their deep meanings.

It seems to us best to use the original Wosite terms for the five energies, since they are so rich in meaning.

Ame and Tuti, Cosmos and Earth

This Wosite verse describes the separation of Uchuu into Ame and Tuti, Universe into Cosmos and Earth. It explains how Earth and Moon are created differently from the rest of the Cosmos.

Uchuu may be said to be Universe, if we agree that Universe is All That Is. The essence of Universe is energy. Primordial energies are the source of our Cosmos. These energies are Utuho, Kase, Ho, Mitu, and Hani. Because the original energy divided into Male and Female aspects, the five primordial energies also bear these aspects. Utuho, Kase, Ho are Male energies. Mitu and Hani are Female.

To most astronomers, cosmos and universe are practically synonymous. However to esoteric thinkers, they may not be exactly the same. We may say that astronomers study the cosmos, the observable universe. The word “cosmos” originally meant to ancient Greeks the orderly universe. We may think of planets, sun, stars, galaxies as being observable and orderly. In recent times, the presence of dark matter and dark energy has been discerned. Thus, the study of the cosmos by astronomers now includes invisible yet observable (through their effects) matter and energy. Let us agree to use the term “cosmos” to mean this kind of universe.

Ame is Cosmos, the universe of outer space: sun, stars, galaxies, … Ame/Cosmos is produced by primordial Male energies. Tuti/Earth, is produced by primordial Female energies. Ame is not identical to Uchuu. In our view, Cosmos is only a part of Universe.

In summary, Uchuu/Universe includes Ame/Cosmos and Tuti/Earth, as well as the laws and principles of Uchuu/Universe and its unseen energies.


Earth and moon, by NASA.