Kitsune 來寝 ["come and sleep"] was born during the Momoyama/Azuchi [1573-1603] period in Iga, Japan. Known as a miko [female shaman] in her village, she traveled to Ise Jinguu to continue her education. Time at Ise Jinguu was short-lived, due to the economic state of the shrine. In order to survive, she continued on as aruki miko [traveling female shaman]. This traveler lifestyle inevitably led to a life as yuujo [pleasure woman]. Though Kitsune became a sought out treasure by men of nobility, her heart belonged to a Yamabushi [mountain monk] within the mountains of Kii Province. The time she spent with this Yamabushi was infamous and she became known as Yamamura Kitsune 山村來寝 [Kitsune of the Mountain Village].