"In a village protected by divine wind... Evil forces have squelched the blessed breeze... The time has come to assemble the 8 spirits once again!" -Madame Fawn
"The 8 spirits are eager to undo the evil that blocks the wind. Aid a troubled girl near a holy spring deep in the forest. A proud canine spirit shall reappear." -Madame Fawn
"'Jin' stands for 'justice'.
To show compassion to both the living and the dead...
To care enough to give one's own life in service..." -Beastiary Entry
The Canine Warrior’s were originally planed to have both dog and human forms however the idea was later scraped. What human forms were created can be seen in the Okami art book.
An ume is type of plum.
The eight canine warriors represent the eight virtues of Confucianism with Jin representing Jinkō; "dog of benevolence" or "dog of humaneness".