gion-san

gion-sanAmaterasu-Omikami and Susanoo-no-mikoto are worshiped respectively as representatives of Amatsukami and Kunitsukami. (Amatsukami refers to deities residing in the heaven, and Kunitsukami, on the other hand, refers to those residing on the land of Japan.)

Susanoo-no-mikoto bewailed the death of his mother. After he defeated his elder sister, Amaterasu-Omikami, by the power comparison, his arrogance grew. He committed various crimes and was finally banished from the Plain of High Heaven. In the face of these adversities,
he confronted various problems with great fortitude and at last, he overcame his adversities and broke new ground.

It can be said that Susanoo-no-mikoto is the most attractive deity in Japanese mythology.

As evidence, in Japan many Shinto shrines enshrines Susanoo-no-mikoto and a number of those shrines are overwhelmingly larger than those enshrining Amaterasu.

Many of these shrines are intimately worshiped, being called "Gion-san" or "Tennou-sama (Tennou means heaven king) ", and "Tennou-san". ("-san" is a title of respect usually added to a person's name. When attached to the name of the shrine, it adds a feeling of intimacy.)