Izanagi and Izanami were asked by the spirits to create a new island by plunging a spear into the ocean.
They pulled the spear out from the ocean and the first island was created.
Izanagi and Izanami settled on this first island and gave birth to all of the islands that now form Japan.
While giving birth to the god of fire Izanami died.
Izanagi followed her to the land of death to bring her back but she refused.
Izanagi brought many impurities back to Earth with him. These impurities cause human wrong doing and suffering. Izanagi washed himself clean, and the water drops that fell from his body became other gods.