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Please keep it with you brother, to protect you. You must take it with you, please, I want you to have it. So you won't... forget.
—Kaya's final words to Ashitaka, regarding her crystal dagger.

Kaya is a minor character from Princess Mononoke directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli.

She is a daugther of Emishi Village. She know no fear and she tries to protect her friends against the demon-haunting Nago.

Appearance

Kaya is a young human girl in the movie. She has brown hair with a single red bow pigtail and brown eyes. She wears a purple kimono with a red lining and a straw hat.

Plot

At the beginning of the movie, Kaya is seen with two other girls warning Ashitaka about something they saw in the forest. Next, she is seen sprinting down a hill with the same two girls, running from the demon; one of them trips, and Kaya pulls out her dagger to defend them. Ashitaka soon saves them from the demon by shooting an arrow in its eye.

Kaya later appears to goodbye to Ashitaka when he is forced to leave the village (despite the rules that forbid it) and gives him her crystal dagger to remember her by. Because of the curse, he is unfortunately banished from his home. She is never seen or mentioned after this.

Ashitaka later gives Kaya's dagger to San, the wolf girl which could be seen as several meanings. One that he was willing to pledge loyalty to San; despite being a human or formerly engaged. Or that it was to symbolize how much San meant to him as once upon a time Kaya meant to him.

Relationship

KayaAshitaka

Kaya say goodbye.

Though she calls Ashitaka "brother" (jap. anisama), she is actually his bride-elect. The word means "follower", because they live in the same village.

When Ashiataka leaves his home in the night, she approach to him to say goodbye. But her Emishi tradition forbid to do so. She gave him her crystal dagger. For Emishi tradition girls give the dagger to her future husband on wedding. However, Kaya's act show her big love to Ashitaka.

Name

Kaya is a syllable of the Japanese word Kusa no Kaya, a well known knife as lucky charm in Japan.

Voice Acting

Kaya was also voiced by Yuriko Ishida along San.

References