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A Shinto-derived new religion founded by Unagami Haruho (1896-1965). Its origins lie in Unagami's dissatisfaction with Buddhism, whereupon he took up the study of Shinto and established the group Kōtokukai in the Denmachō area of Yotsuya district, Tokyo. Initially Unagami's group was affiliated with the movement Shinrikyō, but he later transferred its affiliation to Fusōkyō. After Japan's defeat in World War II, he founded the Tenshūkyō in Shinjuku (Tokyo) and registered it as a religious corporation under the Religious Corporations Ordinance (Shūkyō Hōjinrei) in 1948. In September 1951 the group moved to its present location. After the founder's death, Unagami Haruyasu succeeded him as leader.
       The group teaches that one should observe worship to the ujigami (family/clan tutelary kami) representing the family's earliest ancestors, more generally, worship the kami and venerate the ancestors (keishin sūso), and it instructs members on the importance of faith, hard work, gratitude and mutual love.
       Headquarters: Saitama Prefecture
       Nominal membership: approximately 7,100 (M)

—Yumiyama Tatsuya
The Headquarters of Tenshūkyō.

Saitama Prefecture , 2007

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