The Izanami is an ocular genjutsu of the Sharingan, designed to trap an opponent without using eyesight.


Originally, the 6 Paths Sage, the ancestor of modern shinobi, possessed the power to create living things, which was known as Creation of All Things. Inton, Shadow Style power, which is founded upon mental energies that govern imagination, could be used to create form. Yoton, Light Style power, founded upon physical energies that govern life, could be used to instill life into that form. By using the power of Shadow and Light styles, he could create living things, an example of which are the tailed beasts, made from the chakra of the 10 tails.[1] The Uchiha clan applied the powers of Shadow and Light styles to create an ocular genjutsu called Izanagi.[2] It is considered to be the "true power" of the Uchiha eyes, as it's one of two ocular genjutsu that can trap the target without the need for eye contact, the other being Izanami.[3]

The Izanagi was a powerful weapon of the Uchiha during battles they couldn't afford to lose.[4] It's use however, eventually led to abuse by Uchiha members. This resulted in it being labeled as a forbidden jutsu, and the creation of another ocular genjutsu, called Izanami.[5] These two ocular genjutsu are considered to be part of a pair.[6]


The Izanami is an ocular genjutsu of the Sharingan, that is designed to trap an opponent without eyesight. It was developed to save and reprimand an Izanagi user, for they couldn't handle their power and eventually abused it during battles. The Izanami was designed to trap Uchiha by other means, rather than eyesight, since vision-based genjutsu is powerless against ocular powers.[7]

The Izanami works by recording an action by the opponent, and snaps a record of any senses that the user and the opponent are feeling during that instant. That can be referred to as Exhibit A. Those exact feelings are then recreated. Essentially, the user is using their ocular powers to create an exact copy of Exhibit A, called A'. By overlaying and connecting A to A', the Izanami also links a path between any events that ocurred between those two points. This results in the creation of an infinite loop.[8]

The Izanami is set up to take someone who is using Izanagi to change the an outcome to benefit themselves, and cause them to endlessly circle around in a loop.[9] Since the original purpose of the ocular jutsu was to save and reprimand a user of the Izanagi, there is a way to escape it. Once the trapped opponent accepts the original outcome and stop running from it, the loop will end. Because the jutsu can be broken, it was deemed forbidden for combat use.[10] However, the ocular jutsu can affect non-Uchiha, and it's conditions can be decided by the user.[11][12]

Any person trapped under this genjutsu, is completely vulnerable and even susceptible to being placed under another genjutsu.[13]


  • Itachi Uchiha
  • Sasuke Uchiha


  1. Naruto chapter 510, page 11
  2. Naruto chapter 510, page 11
  3. Naruto chapter 581, page 14
  4. Naruto chapter 587, page 4
  5. Naruto chapter 587, page 4
  6. Naruto chapter 581, page 15
  7. Naruto chapter 587, page 4
  8. Naruto chapter 587, page 2
  9. Naruto chapter 587, page 5
  10. Naruto chapter 587, page 6
  11. Naruto chapter 586, page 17
  12. Naruto chapter 587, page 6
  13. Naruto chapter 588, page 3-4