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Daijōebenmō
(Kada no Arimaro)
This work was written by Kada no Arimaro and was published in 1739 in two volumes and two sections. When Emperor Sakuramachi ascended the throne in 1738 the ceremony of first fruits (daijōsai) was revived, and because of this the shogunal government dispatched Arimaro to collect information regarding the ceremony. The following year, in response to requests from his own students, he published this research. However, after the work was published there were courtiers who saw the work and complained to the Tayasu family (who employed Arimaro), so the printing blocks were confiscated and Arimaro was expelled from Tayasu employment. The reasoning was that these important affairs should not have been made public. A proclamation was made to try to collect as many copies of the book as possible. Because of this among the extant copies there are many handwritten copies, but the text mainly deals with an explanation of various ceremonies and annotation to the order of the ceremonies and does not contain any sensitive material. Comparing this work with other documents of the time one does not find any material that is especially problematic. Thus Arimaro did nothing wrong, and it appears that the shogunal government punished Arimaro simply out of deference to the imperial court. The text is contained in Volume Seven of the Kada zenshū (Kanbetaisha Inari Jinja, 1931).

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