Template:OkamiLocation Kamiki Village (神木村, Kamikimura, "Divine tree village") is a village that appears in Okami. One of the most important places in the game, as well as the first location Amaterasu visits, it plays a major role in the story of Orochi.
Most of Kamiki Village sits at the base of a hill. It is surrounded by water, part of which forms a small stream flowing through the center of the village; this stream powers Kushi's rice mill used for making sake. In this area are the homes of village elder Mr. Orange and his wife Mrs. Orange, Mushi and his mama, Kushi, Susano and Kuni. Mushi's mama also has a patch of turnips near the village houses; in addition is Kuchi's rice paddy and mill, and Susano's training grounds. A merchant shop sits at the exit to Shinshu Field.
Going up the hill, the path splits. Taking the left fork will go to the Konohana Tree and shrine, which serves as the entrance to the River of the Heavens and the Cave of Nagi. Taking the right fork leads to a small pond and a viewing platform where Mr. Orange can perform his sacred dances.
The Tale of Nagi
A century before the events in Okami, a demon named Orochi terrorized the people of the village, demanding the sacrifice of a beautiful maiden every year at the Kamiki Festival. During that particular festival, he chose the maiden Nami as his hundredth sacrifice, which would succeed in making him the most powerful demon in Nippon. The warrior Nagi, who had been chasing after Shiranui, a white wolf who had mysteriously been haunting the village, was secretly in love with Nami and decided to slay the beast once and for all.
Dressing like Nami, Nagi went to Orochi's hideout, the Moon Cave, and challenged Orochi. Orochi was too powerful for Nagi, however, and the warrior was about to be obliterated when Shiranui leaped into the battle. The wolf tore the monster and used powerful magic to weaken the beast's attacks. The two struggled; both were greatly weakened when Shiranui managed to tear loose a mighty howl that cleared the clouds from the sky and let the moon shine forth. The moonlight fell upon Nagi's blade, turning it gold and giving him the strength to continue. He again faced Orochi, this time with Shiranui at his side. Together, the two beheaded all eight heads of the fierce Orochi.
The battle proved to be too much for poor Shiranui, though. Nagi carried her back to Kamiki Village, where the mighty wolf finally passed on. Realizing that Shiranui was not an agent of Orochi, but a protector of the village, the Villagers erected a shrine to her and laid her to rest there.
The Return of Orochi
At the beginning of the game, a mysterious figure creeps into the Moon Cave where Nagi's blessed sword, Tsukuyomi, has been used to keep Orochi sealed. Removing the sword, the seal is broken and Orochi is once again free to terrorize the land by spreading darkness over it. His presence awakens Sakuya, the guardian sprite of the sacred Konohana Tree. She realizes what has happened and uses her magic to protect the village as best she can. However, her powers have weakened with time and the dark curse. Needing help, she goes to the Shrine of Shiranui and calls upon Amaterasu, the great god, to once again help Kamiki Village and the people of Nippon.