Omiya Shirou on Hotsuma Kototama

Omiya Shirou Sensei, Hachiman author, is discussing aspects of Hotsuma kototama.

ホツマを語る (Talking about Hotsuma)

This is a dialogue between Omiya Shirou Sensie and the interviewer Takeda, reported on the website


The most important point of Hotsuma is the poetry written in the 5-7 rhythm of the chyouka waka. The Hotsuma kototama is reported in『完訳秀真伝』 Kanyaku Shuushin-den  completed by Torii, and is equivalent to Omiya’s  『言霊玄修秘伝』 Kototama Genshu Hiden. There are lots of secret messages in the waka. This kototama comes down from Awamiya Shrine which is now the Taga Taisha in Shiga Prefecture.  Path

The written material is known as the Taga Amatsu Kanagi book.  See our post:

The Taga Amatsu Kanagi study was begun by Oishigyo of the Mochizuchi family of Kouga. The Mochizuchi family was the distributor of ofuda for Taga Jinja. The kototama study of the family has the same source as the Hotsuma. The source of Amatsu Kanagi is the person who made the Suikei moji and the Hotsuma moji. The documents were handed down to the Kyoto Yoomei Bunko. The Masumi no Kagami is written in Hotsuma moji. {Masumi no Kagami, The Clear Mirror, is an historical chronicle covering the years 1180-1333.}

We spoke of the Awamiya. The 75 sounds of the Masumi is like the root or bottom shelf to the branch or high shelf, divided into categories. The very root of the root shelf is the kototama AWAYA. Kototama, Amatsu Kanagi and Hotsuma Tsutae are related. Although the last is written historically, it is highly spiritual, Omiya thinks.

The Awa is a spiral. The left-turning and right-turning spirals show the spirals of the universe.  Awa is the turning cycle that creates all things in the universe from the inner spiral and the outer spiral. These spirals make the origin of life. This important (taikoshinpo) theory of spirit Amatsu Kanagi study, Ama no mihashira stands for Four elements of Heaven-Fire-Water-Earth. The left and right spirals represent the origin of the universe.

There are various secret formulas and ceremonies but, for example, Hotsuma eight directions eight descendants eight kami gives a detailed explanation.  TO-HO-KA-MI-E-HI-TA-ME are TO-O-KA-MI-E-MI-TA-ME and transformation/inversion Misogi-kyo (sect) chant 『玄秘修法奥伝』  that foundation is Hotsuma and relation.   genpi book

The Hotsuma has eight directions – eight descendants TO-HO-KA-MI-E-HI-TA-ME, eight kami. The TO-HO-KA-MI-E-HI-TA-ME is Hotsuma for secret writings. Read the 「玄府感通秘辞」Gen-pi Ho—- book by Omiya.  友清先生Tomokiyo Sensei studied  霊学 reigaku (study of spirit). One must know the deep meaning of words for the kototama to have much effect.

Hotsuma moji is in the 『神字日文伝』Shin-ji-nichi-bu-den.

There are four kinds of Hotsuma moji: two are similar but there is a different one from Shikoku and also one from Izumo-no-kuni: the Ishi kutsu/cave Kamiyo-moji. This cave is near Izumo Taisha.

However 宮地水位 Miyaji Mizui Sensei says {see 『玄想法秘儀』p83} that we don’t know the real Hotsuma. His friend 川村茂之助 Kawamura’s mother entrusted to Kawamura an old scroll.

{They discussed Amateru being male/female. Deguchi, who had mystical experiences, said that Amateru was physically female and spiritually male, while Susanoo was the reverse. They also discussed which written documents are true and which false.} Fake writing hides secrets; the true has fake in it. When reading old literature one needs a good sense of which is right and which is wrong.  The 『霊界物語』Reikai Monogatari by Deguchi Onisaburo is lyrical, inspired by Buretsu Tenno.

Takeda’s closing remarks:

The form of waka is kototama. Hotsuma covers a huge area and the meaning is deep. Omiya’s book in modern Japanese gives a nice explanation of Hotsuma.