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Base Info
Moe Point Miko
Moe Point Synonyms Shrine maiden
Type Profession (religious)
Symbolic Characters Reimu Hakurei, Rei Hino, Kikyo
Related Moe Points priest/priestess

A shrine maiden or miko (巫女、みこ) is a profession and a moe point in ACG subculture.


It is a clergy occupation with a long history.

In several countries, mainly Asian countries, there are shrine maidens as a profession or position. The Japanese shrine maidens who have continued since modern times are the most well-known.

In other countries

Shrine maidens in China

Shrine maidens in Korea

In Korea, they are called mudang (무당), or manshin (만신). Males are called baksu (박수). The wizard should wear women's clothing in the practice. It is divided into two types: surrendering witches and hereditary witches, offering sacrifices to traditional Korean deities. During the Japanese Occupation period, it was forced to worship the gods of Japanese Shinto, such as Amaterasu. During the period of North and South Korea, the shrine maidens were regarded as confuses and banned, and were banned and suppressed by the two places. In modern times, it was regarded by South Korea as a revival of its traditional culture.

Shrine maidens in Japan

Characters with this moe point

Shinto mikos

  • Reimu Hakurei [Hakurei shrine], Sanae Kochiya [Moriya Shrine] (Touhou Project)
  • Kagami Hiiragi, Tsukasa Hiiragi (Lucky Star)
  • Rei Hino (Sailor Moon)
  • Kikyo (Inuyasha)
  • Nozomi Tojo (Love Live!) [Part-time maiden at the Kanda shrine]
  • Rika Furude (Higurashi: When They Cry) [Furude Shrine]
  • Himeko Kurusugawa (Kannazuki no Miko) [Priestess of the Sun]
  • Chikane Himemiya (Kannazuki no Miko) [Priestess of the Moon]
  • Risa Asakaze (Hayate the Combat Butler) [Asakaze Shrine]
  • Akira Amatsume (Yosuga no Sora, Haruka na Sora) [Sayorihime Shrine]
  • Luka Urushibara (Steins;Gate)
  • Shirayuki Hotogi(Aria the Scarlet Ammo) [Shirayuki Shrine]
  • Komaki Jindai (Saki) [Kirishima Shrine]
  • Mitsuha Miyamizu] (Your Name.) [Miyamizu Shrine]

Other mikos

These are probably miko of another religion.