The Namazu is a giant catfish from Japanese mythology that causes earthquakes when the kami Kashima, who restrained him in the mud under Japan with stone, lets his guard down.


The Namazu was worshiped as a god after an earthquake in Edo. A Namazu-e is a subtype of Umizo-e. Since catfish can predict earthquakes, some believe this behavior inspired the creation of this myth.

Modern uses

The Namazu is now used as a symbol for earthquake-related events, operations, and more. The Pokémon Whishcash is a reference to the Namazu (more notable in Japan, where its name is Namazun). An episode of Pokémon featuring a Namazu was banned in Japan due to an earthquake that happened shortly before the episode was released.


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