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カテゴリー1: 8. Schools, Groups, and Personalities
カテゴリー2: Modern Sectarian Groups
A Shinto-derived new religion founded by Ishiguro Jō (1908- ), known within the movement as Mahashira (True Pillar). Ishiguro was born in Sayō-chō in Hyogo Prefecture, the second son of Ishiguro Yasujirō and Ishiguro Suwa. It is said that at the age of 17 he was so stricken with pulmonary tuberculosis that even his doctors gave up hope, but he was cured by praying to the local tutelary kami (ujigami). After that he engaged in continuing religious austerities and in 1930 began to receive revelations from the kami. In the following year he established the church Tenjō Kyōkai as a group affiliated with the new religion Ontakekyō in Hyogo. After the war this group became independent of Ontakekyō and in 1948 was registered as a religious corporation under the Religious Corporations Ordinance (Shūkyō Hōjinrei). In 1953 it was registered under the Religious Corporations Law (Shūkyō Hōjinhō).
The group's followers are mainly found in Hyogo Prefecture, together with Japan's Chugoku and Shikoku regions. Nowadays the movement's substantive activities are focused on Ishiguro Hirosuke, known in the movement as Edabashira ("Branch Pillar")
Headquarters: Hyogo Prefecture
Nominal membership: approximately 18,000

—Inoue Nobutaka

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