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Nakisawame (ナキサワメ?, recorded in the Kojiki as 泣沢女神 and in the Nihon Shoki as 啼沢女命, sometimes also written as 哭沢女命) is a female kami in Japanese mythology.

During the myth of the Birth of the Gods, in which the goddess Izanami died after giving birth to the fire deity Kagu-tsuchi, Izunagi clung to his wife's dead body and cried. From his tears, Nakisawame emerged. She is considered a spirit of spring water. The goddess' name is composed of the words saki meaning "weeping" and naki, and epithet of crying. Me denotes that she is female.

In the Kojiki she is also named "Kakuyama-no-uneo-no-konoshita-ni-zasu-kami" (香山(かぐやま)の畝尾の木の下に坐す神?). The engishiki jinmyōchō (延喜式神名帳?) mentions the Uneotsu-Tamoto shrine (畝尾都多本神社 uneotsu-tamoto jinja?), located in Kinomoto, Kashihara, Nara, nicknamed Nakisawa shrine (哭沢神社?), in which Nakisawame is enshrined.

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