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(Tachibana Mitsuyoshi)
This three volume commentary on the Nakatomi-no-harae was written by the early Edo period Kitsuke Shintō storyteller, Tachibana Mitsuyoshi, and first published in 1662. The work is a compilation of various theories and the text itself is comprised of references drawn from the Kitsuchōten, Ryōjinhishō, and Nihon shoki sanso, among other works. Because Mitsuyoshi was originally an adherent of Yoshida Shinto, the theoretical foundation of Mitsuyoshi's commentary can be found in these teachings and the entire text owes a great deal to previous Yoshida Shintō commentaries. However, Mitsuyoshi added his own opinion, and openly criticized Yoshida Shintō theory. Mitsuyoshi made pilgrimages to the Ichinomiya (most prominent shrine) of many domains, and it is said that he offered a wood-block print of the Nakatomi-no-harae at each shrine he visited. From this action we can see the importance that the Nakatomi-no-harae held for Mitsuyoshi. The Nakatomi-no-harae shūsetsu is included in the Ōharaekotoba chūshaku taisei, Volume 2 (1935, Naigai Shoseki; republished 1977, Meicho Shoppan).

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