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カテゴリー1: 8. Schools, Groups, and Personalities
カテゴリー2: Personalities
Ōtori Sessō
Text (1814-194)
Second-generation Superintendent (kanchō) of Ontake-kyō, one of the thirteen sects of prewar Shinto. Born on the first day of the first month of 1814 in Innoshima, Bingo Province (present-day Hiroshima Prefecture). Originally a Buddhist monk-priest of the Sōtō Zen sect, he served as head priest at the temple Kōkenji in Echizen, then as twenty-sixth head priest of Seiryōji, the family temple of the Ii clan in Hikone. Ōtori used the epistolary name Tetsumen Seisetsu Oshō.
After the Meiji Restoration, Ōtori became involved in the formulation of government religious policy, and in 1871 he retired from the Buddhist priesthood and became a Shintoist. He became a special assistant at the Ministry of Religious Education (Kyōmushō), attained the rank of Associate Prefect of Instruction (chūkyōsei) in the Office of Preceptors (Kyōdōshoku; see taikyō senpu), was appointed as a priest at Kotohira Jinja in Tokyo, and was eventually promoted to Senior Prefect of Instruction (daikyōsei, the highest rank in the Kyōdōshoku). He was appointed Second Superintendent and administrator of Ontake-kyō from 1885 to 1904, and he died June 18, 1904, at the age of ninety-one. His writings include Sankō suichō zuki and Kōko ōikō.

—Inoue Nobutaka

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