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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 religious movement from the lineage of Hito no Michi Kyōdan (see PL Kyōdan) and founded by Hashimoto Satomi (1899-1984). Born in Kagoshima (Kyushu), Hashimoto became a disciple of Miki Tokuharu in 1924. Miki, in turn, had been a disciple of Kanada Tokumitsu. Miki established the Jindō Tokumitsukyō and acted as an associate founder of Hito no Michi Kyōdan, but this movement was suppressed and forced to disband in 1937. During the subsequent war years, Miki operated a factory in the city of Sakai. Considering himself to be the successor to the religious tradition of Tokumitsu, he convinced Tokumitsu Daikyōkai to become independent of Shintō Taikyō in 1946, and established the headquarters of the Shintō Tokumitsu Kyōkai in Abeno Ward in Osaka. In 1947 he changed its name to the Shizensha Chūō Keidō, which became Shizensha (Shrine of Nature) in 1949, at which time it was also registered as a religious corporation under the Religious Corporations Ordinance. Hashimoto died on July 17, 1984. In accord with her will, Hashimoto Noriko succeeded to leadership of the group.
The movement teaches the "natural laws of Heaven and Earth" as revealed by Kanada Tokumitsu, and proclaims the principles of humanity's originally natural way of life based on these laws, thus seeking to realize humankind's natural lifestyle. In their daily lives, followers not only request the rite of "gotaishō"(lit., "changing/substituting the body") in which the spiritual leader takes onto herself their sufferings, but through her sacred teachings (mioshie), they also learn about the state of their own minds and become aware of the ways in which they are not working naturally. Practitioners also pray as part of their daily lives to learn more about themselves, and they are taught that it is important to live their lives through feeling the deep will of the deities within their own bodies
Headquarters: Osaka Prefecture.
Nominal membership: approximately 1,700 (M)

— Fukushima Shinkichi

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