in the beginning there were two gods- Izanagi and his wife, Izanami- who were asked by the spirits to create a new land.
Create a new land!
they were given a spear, which they plunged into the ocean.
As they pulled the spear from the ocean, drops fell from the tip forming the first Japanese Island.
Izanagi and Izanami settled on the first island and gave birth to all of the islands that now form Japan. they also gave birth to a range of different gods to inhabit each of these islands, such as the gods of the trees, wind, river and mountains.
While giving birth to the god of fire, Izanami died. Izanagi followed her to the land of the dead, to bring her back but she refused.
Let me bring you back!
He returned home, but by doing so brought many impurities back to earth with him. These Impurities cause human wrongdoing and suffering.