Karude is the father of Kokari and he lives in a hut on an island in the middle of Agata Forest. Like Kokari he wears an animal skin coat however his is from a bear. He carries around a bow that he never uses.
He cannot see Amaterasu's divine markings but he realises that she is a wolf. He also mentions that she looks very like the wolf Shiranui.
He is very worried about the way his son is maturing. He thinks that he is growing up too soft hearted and is not tough like a forest man should be. He feels that he is not doing enough manly work and he has no sense of adventure as all he wants to do is spend time with his dog. However he has faith in his son and knows if he is given enough time he will toughen up.
Karude makes a reappearance in Okamiden. He can be found in his home, Agata Forest and is seen staring out over the floods. He will task Chibiterasu with a Manifest subquest to return missing parts of a fishing pole to him that he would like to give to Kokari. The pieces are found in Agata Forest and the 5-Story Pagoda.
- During the Kamiki Festival in Okami, Karude can be found drinking Sake with Mr. Bamboo and the Nameless Man. If Amaterasu uses Waterspout to guide the sakes into their mouths, they will get drunk and will start saying embarrassing things. If Amaterasu leaves them for a few minutes and comes back, they will have hangovers and will make excuses for their behaviour.