Yatagarasu (八咫烏) is a crow in Shinto stories and is an important character in their mythology. According to the tale, during Emperor Jimmu's Eastern Expedition, Yatagarasu guided him from the Kumano Region to Yamato Province. Takamimusubi, one of the Shinto gods, sent the crow.
Yatagarasu is usually shown as a bird with three legs, and its picture has been passed down for many years.. Its name comes from the words "八咫烏," which means "eight-span crow" in Japanese. The number eight means a large lucky number in Japanese culture as in the phrase Yaoyorozu no Kami or eight million gods. So this means large wingspan crow
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