Let us introduce some of the leading Kototama researcher-practitioners of the 19th and 20th centuries. The story begins with young Emperor Meiji who, soon after his marriage began the study of Kototama using two secret documents. Recall that the Kojiki is one of the two most important documents of Japan. It begins with fantastic tales of the Age of Gods. These myths were considered to hold secret meanings. Later, we will present teachings from Yamakoshi, Ogasawara, and Nakazono, as well as Shimada Masamichi.
Emperor Meiji b. 1852, r. 1867 – 1912
Emperor Meiji is best known for the Meiji Restoration of 1876 when he became Emperor at a young age. After his marriage to the Empress, he began to reconstruct the Kototama meaning hidden in the Kojiki together with her, and with Yamakoshi Senior and Junior, and Ogasawara Koji.
Empress Shoken 1850 – 1914
The Empress was born in Kyoto in a prestigious Fujiwara family. Upon marriage to Meiji, she brought a key to decrypt the original meaning of the Kojiki. It was half a document, and it matched the other half kept by the Imperial family.
Yamakoshi Hiromichi (Koudo)
Calligrapher to Emperor Meiji
Yamakoshi Akimasa (Meisho)
Secretary and son of calligrapher Yamakoshi
Ogasawara Koji 1903 – 1982
Published Passage to the Third Civilization in 1964, Kototama Hyakushin in 1969.
Nakazono Masahilo 1918 – 1994
Nakazono studied with Ogasawara prior to 1969. He had studied kototama as an aikido student of Ueshiba Morihei, founder of aikido. He published several books in English, including Inochi and The Source of the Present Civilization.