Historical Who is Who
1837 - 1915
Founder of the Japanese new religion of Omotokyo. Her early life makes such a development seem highly unlikely – no formal education or trade, alcoholic husband, disturbed family of 8 to support, and ragpicking and then midwife for income. Visions began when she was aged 55, and though initially mocked, they were eventually taken seriously as conveying the teachings of the god Konjin. They predicted an end to the present corrupt world and its replacement with a new order of peace and prosperity. These notions were regarded as politically suspect by the then establishment religion of State Shinto. Following an encounter with Ueda Kisaburo in 1898, whom she recognised as the promised saviour, he was able to ensure that the teachings and organisational support became more systematised and nationally recognised. Restrictions on the movement were lifted after the ending of World War 2, and it continues now as Omoto Azinen – a community of love and virtue.