Urashima is always out fishin' on his own. He must be lonely without any friends, poor thing.
History[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Many years ago Urashima nearly drowned but was saved and taken in by the Dragonians. They took Urashima to the Dragon Palace where he stayed for many years. His age was stored in the Treasure Box said to once every hundred years. Eventually he returned home to his wife, Mrs Urashima, but found that everyone he knew was growing older while he retained his youth. He tried to return to the Dragon Palace without success.
Ōkami[edit | edit source]
Amaterasu finds Urashima being bullied by a group of children. She chases them away. Urashima tells her that the children were bullying him due to that he was taken away to the Dragon Palace by "Orca", an emissary of the Dragon Palace, which the bullies don't believe. Urashima tells Amaterasu that she can find Orca at the dock when the sun first rises. Amaterasu meets Orca, and after she proves herself worthy of the journey to the Dragon Palace by finding a hidden whirlpool, Orca take her to the Dragon Palace where she meets the queen of the Dragonians, Otohime.
A little after being rejected by Orca, whom Urashima thought was taking him back to the Dragon Palace, he can be found on the shore nearby, looking rather depressed. If Amaterasu talks to him, he will tell her that he realizes that he wasn't worthy of going to the palace, after all. Later on, he'll be at the same place where the bullies were picking on him, but this time, they're asking for his forgiveness. They now acknowledge that Urashima was telling the truth about Orca.
After Amaterasu retrieves the Dragon Orb, she can restore the area where the Water Dragon once was, which will give her the Treasure Box. She must take the box to Urashima, most likely after defeating Ninetails, and restore his true age. The box will immediately age him, making him old. Both he and his wife will give Amaterasu praise for helping him. Urashima can then be found at his usual spot on the shore, the bullies running around him asking him to play with them.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Urashima has been known to nap on the beach when he doesn't have the strength to get home.
- His character is based on the legend of Urashima Tarō and the Tamatebako, the latter of which is represented by the Treasure Box on top of his house (and inside the Water Dragon's garden if certain conditions are met).
References[edit | edit source]
- "Urashima is always out fishin' on his own. He must be lonely without any friends, poor thing."—Mrs. Urashima (Ōkami)