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Illustration by Kikuchi Yōsai, from Zenken Kojitsu

Tajimamori (田道間守) is a Japanese legendary hero of the Kofun period, he is worshipped as the god of sweets. His name is written in kanji as 多遅麻毛理 in the Kojiki, and as 田道間守 in the Nihon Shoki.

Emperor Suinin commanded Tajimamori get a magical fruit called tokijiku no kagu no konomi (非時香菓). To find it he went to Tokoyo no kuni (常世の国),[1] after ten years he returned but Suinin was dead already. Tajimamori gave half of his branches to Suinin's widow and half to his tomb and then died.

Tajimamori is worshipped as the god of sweets in Nakashima Shrine [ja] in Hyōgo Prefecture. He is mainly worshipped by people who make candy.

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  1. "Encyclopedia of Shinto詳細". 國學院大學デジタルミュージアム (in Japanese). Retrieved 2023-03-10.