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Arakida Tsunetada
(1742-1805)
Scholar and priest at the Grand Shrines of Ise (Ise Jingū) in the late Edo period. Born in 1742 to Nakagawa Tsuneyuki in the town of Uji in Ise Province (present-day Mie Prefecture). His common name was Tsunetada, but he later changed it to Bungo. His birth family held the hereditary office of Suppliant Priest (negi) within the priesthood (shinshoku) of the Inner Shrine at Ise.
       In 1773 Tsunetada was appointed negi, and though his health was poor he assisted in the performance of both rituals and shrine administration, working diligently in shrine affairs. In his priestly capacity he undertook the composition of the thirty-volume Daijingū gishikikai, occasionally consulting Motoori Norinaga (1730-1801) for advice. He corresponded with Motoori Ōhira (1756-1833), Kurita Hijimaro (1737-1811) and Osasa Minu, and advised Masuya Suehogi (1764-1828) and Moriya Masatsuna (1747-1816), among others.
       His works include memoirs entitled Tsunetadaki and Tsunetadakyō zakki, exhortation of his descendents in the document Jiei shingo, and Kiyonagisa no shū, a compilation of verses of esteemed persons. He reached the rank of Third Negi and was conferred the Junior Third court rank, and died in 1805 at the age of sixty-four.

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