The Imp Merchants have the kanji for "goods" on their masks, which is shown as three squares in a triangle formation.
Each of the Canine Warriors wears an orb that embodies one of the eight virtues of Confucianism: Chu/Hayabusa - Loyalty. Jin/Ume - Justice. Gi/Take - Duty. Tei - Brotherhood. Rei - Honor. Chi - Knowledge. Ko - Wisdom. Shin - Faith.
At Ryoshima Coast there's a pair of large rocks in the water connected by a rope bridge which is a reference to Meoto Iwa, also known as the Husband-and-Wife Rocks, located in the sea off Futami, Mie. In Shinto belief, they celebrate the union in marriage of man and woman, the rocks representing the union of creator gods Izanagi and Izanami.
There's a man on the beach known as the Animal Lover who is looking for his lost pet, a hare named Inaba. Its name is derived from none other than the Producer of Okami, Atsushi Inaba!
In Sei-an City the graffiti on the walls around town is the design that you drew on the imp mask back in the Moon Cave earlier in the game.
Each of the 13 Brush Techniques' gods are from the Chinese Zodiac: Tachigami (Rat), Kazegami (Horse), the Greensprout trio (Monkey), Amaterasu (Dog), Yomigami (Dragon), Nuregami (Snake), Gekigami (Tiger), Bakugami (Pig), Itegami (Ox), Kasugami (Sheep), Moegami (Rooster), and Yumigami (Rabbit). Catwalk's cat, Kabegami, is included, but officially, the cat is exempt from the true Zodiac, seeing as he was the only animal who didn't come when a dying Buddah called (or he was tricked by Rat and told the day that everyone goes and gets made Zodiac animals was different, depending on the story).
When approaching characters from a distance you will see a henohenomoheji face in their thought bubble. This "face" is made up of seven hiragana characters representing two eyebrows (he), two eyes (no), a nose (mo), a mouth (he), and the outline of the face (ji).
The various types of Imp enemies encountered throughout the game each have a different Japanese katakana character on their masks. Green Imps are "I", red "RO", yellow "HA", blue "NI", and black Imps have something like a stylized "HO". These represent the first line of the famous Japanese poem "Iroha", which contains one of each of all 45 Japanese symbols (plus two obsolete letters). If there were a "HE" and a "TO" Imp (which may be lurking in the Moon Cave somewhere) they would make the first line of the poem which is "The colourful scent...".
At Ryoshima Coast, while following the image of Rao after leaving the Dragon Palace, you'll pass through a secret underground tunnel down the well behind Ankoku Temple and you'll come across a decayed corpse. After clearing Oni Island return to the tunnel and examine the corpse to learn that it's Rao's! This has led to much speculation about how long she's been dead and how long Ninetails was masquerading as her. There's also a grave by the bell that you can examine which has now been dedicated in memory of Rao.
Inside Tao Headquaters, floating above Sei-an City, you can see various images of Orochi, Ninetails, the Spider Queen, and either Crimson Helm or Blight (it's kinda hard to make out which one) on the computer screens to the left and at the rear of the room.
There's a couple hidden areas in the side scrolling part of Oni Island, both in the upper-left part of said section. One is through a tunnel you can jump up to, behind a hidden wall, leading to a treasure chest. The other is in the same general area, reached by double jumping, then vining to the Konohana Flower, and continuing to ascend up the narrow shaft. Again, a treasure chest can be found at the end of this path, too.
When in Wep'keer, drawing Bloom around any of the Oina villagers will cause them to transform into their animal personas.
Aboard the Ark of Yamato, if you draw various brush techniques during the fight with Yami, different characters from the game will show up and lend a hand. Drawing Crescent makes Nagi appear, Veil of Mist will summon Himiko, and Blizzard will bring out Oki.
Kabegami appearing as a painting when summoned is a reference to Ikky Sjun, a Japanese Zen Buddhist monk and poet famous for his quick wit. One story goes that he was asked to capture a tiger on a screen (i.e. a painting of a tiger). He replied "I will catch the tiger as soon as you drive it from the screen." Seems like Amaterasu figured out a way to do just that.
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Connection to Other Media
Waka makes a reference to the Viewtiful Joe series and the Devil May Cry series, reciting Joe and Dante's favorite line "Let's rock, baby!" and to Silvia from Viewtiful Joe by saying "Just go for it!"
When you go to Mrs. Orange in Kamiki Village at night to get some Cherry Cakes from her, the "attack" she performs to make the cakes is the Shun Goku Satsu (which translates to "imprisoning death flash" or "instant hell murder"), used by Akuma from the Street Fighter series.
At the dojo in Shinshu Field, Onigiri Sensei does a "dance" just like Joe, of the game Viewtiful Joe, when he transforms into his superhero persona. Also, Onigiri Sensei's head was designed to create a logical face whether you're seeing it upside-down or right-side up. So, indeed, his own head DOES spin around when he's "henshining".
In Shinshu Field Tama the Pyrotechnist named his first fireworks display "Midnight Wonder Boy", which is a reference to Viewtiful Joe's "Midnight Thunder Boy".
The little girl drawing on the sidewalk in Sei-an City makes a reference to the game series Viewtiful Joe, by asking you to draw a "V", the "henshin pattern". After successfully doing so, the next time you listen to her she says "Look, doggy! Isn't it viewtiful? This is my latest design, the "henshin" pattern! Women often want transformation. ...Into real beauties! Henshin-a-go-go, baby!"
The Herbal Medicine you buy from the Tool Dealer in Sei-an City for Blossom's Papa looks just like a red & green herb mixture from the Resident Evil series.
By Crom! After the festival at Kamiki Village go back and pay your "brother", Susano, a visit. He'll be out in his yard brushing up on his sword-play skills. If you pay close attention, you'll notice that the maneuver he's performing is the same one used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Conan the Barbarian, the morning after he is protected from the evil spirits on the beach.
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