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カテゴリー1 8. Schools, Groups, and Personalities
カテゴリー2 Modern Sectarian Groups
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Text A Shinto-derived new religion founded by Ishikawa Sen (1886-1961). Born in Hokkaido, Ishikawa established various businesses, including a restaurant and clothing store. While undergoing abdominal surgery in 1930, Ishikawa became possessed (kamigakari) by a spirit that commanded him to renew the world and reform people's minds. In 1932 he moved to Iwamizawa and began to engage in religious activities there and in 1935 he established the Aishinkai. In 1937 this group was affiliated with the umbrella organization Shintō Taikyō and changed its name to the Hachidai Ryūōjin Kōsha Aishinkai ("eight great dragon deities association of love and faith").
      In 1941, however, Ishikawa left Shintō Taikyō with her group and renamed it the Tenryū Sekisen Kaiyō no Kami Hachidai Ryūō Aishinkai. After the end of World War II this group was registered in 1948 as the Hachidai Ryūō Daishizen Aishin Kyōdan under the provisions of the Religious Corporations Ordinance (Shūkyō Hōjinrei), and subsequently, it was registered under the Religious Corporations Law (Shūkyō Hōjinhō) in 1953.
      Ishikawa Sen died in 1961 and Ishikawa Hatsuko took over from her as leader. The movement's chief focus of devotion is the kami of the Hachidai Ryūō ("eight dragon kings"), and it emphasizes the practice of love and sincerity. It stresses that by following its teachings of maintaining a mind of faithful submission, venerating the ancestors, returning thanks and giving gratitude, and promoting moral values, one can be freed from suffering and become one with nature. Its devotees are largely centered in Hokkaido.
      Headquarters: Hokkaido
      Nominal membership: approximately 3,700 (M)

— Inoue Nobutaka
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