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Daijingū shintōwakumon
(Deguchi Nobuyoshi
This is a work in two volumes, written by Deguchi Nobuyoshi in 1666. The work expounds on both shrines of Ise Shrine, as well as the union of Shintō, Buddhism, and Confucianism, and explains the true essence of Shintō in an easy to understand question and answer format. He defines Shintō as having come down through the deity Ame no Minakanushi through the middle extremity of legend (down the middle of the path of perfection, "middle" being viewed in Confucianism as the proper virtue), Shintō being the path of dawn and dusk that Japanese should abide by (the everyday path of morning and evening). He also argued that if one pursues Shintō as the basic teachings, then Buddhism and Confucianism have nothing which conflicts with Shintō, and these can also become good aids in life. This work reflects Nobuyoshi's opinions of Shintō well. It is contained in Daijingū sōsho, the final volume of Watarai shintō taisei (Jingū shichō, 1955).

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