Ayu (歩喩) is one of Tenjin's current shinki. She's part of a group of four female shinki who present themselves as "The Tenjin Sisters" (now consisting of only three members).


Ayu is, like most of Tenjin's shinki, a young woman. She has long, straight auburn hair tied in a high ponytail, with some short locks resting on her forehead and two thin long ones on both sides of her face. Her eyes are a shade of dark blue similar to indigo.

Ayu is dressed in a white kimono with a red hakama over it - the common set of clothing for shrine maidens worn by Tenjin's other female shinki, as well as Tsuyu.


Ayu first introduces herself when Yato and Yukine, along with Hiyori, come to accept Tenjin's request to eliminate a phantom that has settles in a certain railroad crossing.

Some time later, when Daikoku visits various shrines to find a shinki who would agree to take part in Yukine's purification ceremony, Ayu is once again seen along with the other "Tenjin Sisters", expressing unease over the possible consequences of a failed ceremony.

After Miyu blights Tenjin as she attemps cutting he wrist, Ayu takes part in performing a purification ceremony on her before her banishment.


  • The character used for Ayu's true name, 歩 (chosen reading unknown), means "a step" or "to walk".
    • The character added for her given name, 喩 yu, means "metaphor".
  • Ayu's shinki form and alternative names as Tenjin's shinki have not been revealed.
    • Possible "true" name readings could be aruku, ayumu, aruki or ayumi.
    • Her most probable vessel name reading is 歩器 hoki. Other less likely readings are buki and fuki.
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