The Journey

About a year ago, the ever-expanding mobile game company Namida Games was founded in Oulu, Finland. To commemorate this occasion, today we unveil Namida Blog, a place where our dedicated writers can share their thoughts about the industry, and life overall.

The first update shall be about Namida Games’ roots, which go deep into the fertile land of Japan. Namida (kanji sign 涙) is Japanese and means “teardrops”. Japan has an incredibly rich culture with a plethora of myths and beliefs. One creation myth in particular has inspired Namida in their path towards immortality and that is the tale of Izanagi (The Male Who Invites) and Izanami (The Female Who Invites).

When the Earth was still young, these two supreme gods looked down from the heavens and began to create life to where there was none. Into the primeval ocean, they stirred life with a jeweled spear. When Izanagi and Izanami lifted the spear, drops of enchanted water fell back to the surface of the ocean and formed the very first land on Earth, the island of Onogoro. This reflects the real-life existence of Pangaea, the supercontinent from which all other continents originate. On Onogoro, Izanagi and Izanami built their temple and got married. Soon after, Izanami gave birth to eight children, who became the first islands of Japan.

Later on, Izanagi and Izanami created more gods to populate Japan. Among these was Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun. Male and female deities formed the undulating mountains, flowing rivers and soothing winds. But the birth of Kagutsuchi, the god of fire, burned Izanami badly. As she lay dying, even more gods were born from the tears of the grief-stricken Izanagi.

Like this creation myth, also Namida’s origin story is meant to be written down. These stories are born, live on, and finally spiral outwards to spawn even more tales of wonder. Thank you for being part of our ongoing journey!

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