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Miyaji Naokazu
(1886-1949)
Shinto historian. Born in January 1886 in the town of Enokuchi in Kōchi Prefecture, as the eldest son of Miyaji Naochika. Naokazu graduated from Tokyo Imperial University, where his senior thesis was entitled Hachimangū no kenkyū (Research on the Shrine Hachimangū). Naokazu was commissioned by the Home Office (Naimushō) in 1909, where he was put in charge of historical research on Shinto shrines. He was also made a councilor on the commission responsible for overseeing the construction of Meiji Jingū, an office through which he contributed to the erection of the famous shrine in Tokyo.
       As head of historical research at the Home Office Shinto Shrine Bureau in the early Showa era, Miyaji was in a position that granted him great power over government shrine administration. He was subsequently appointed professor of Shinto at Tokyo Imperial University, a post he was required to relinquish at the end of World War II. He died in May 1949 in the town of Azumino in Nagano Prefecture at the age of sixty-four. His graduate academic dissertation was entitled Kumano sanzan wo chūshin to shitaru jinja no shiteki kenkyū (Historical Research on the Three Shrines of Kumano). His study is a sophisticated investigation rooted in a rigorous assessment of empirical textual evidence, and stands as a pioneering achievement in the field of Shinto historiography. Miyaji's most important research findings are recorded in the eight-volume Miyaji Naokazu ronshū (Collection of Miyaji Naokazu's Scholarly Works).

- Okada Shōji
Miyaji Naokazu

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A statue of Miyaji Naokazu at Hotaka Jinja.

Nagano Prefecture, 2004

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