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kyonoki - 京のキー In ruins

kyonoki

京のキー In ruins

In ruins

Kameyama Castle is no more than crumbling walls, koi filled ponds and scarred statues. Slowly trees have grown to hide the hints of old buildings and weeds have throttled the less-used paths. The government might well have let the remains of this once powerful castle crumble to dust, had it not been for the Oomoto sect, whose founder remembered playing in the ruins as a child.
Ten'on-kyo ("Birthplace of Heavenly Benevolence"), spiritual home to the Oomoto Sect, purchased the remains of Kameyama Castle in 1919. Kameoka is the birthplace of Onisaburo Deguchi and became Oomoto's teaching centre.

Ten'on-kyo stands on the ruins of the ancient Kameyama castle. After the Meiji Restoration (1868) the castle with its walls and moats was left to disintegrate, and in his childhood Onisaburo often played in the ruins. Eventually, in 1919, Onisaburo bought the historical remains, rebuilt the walls, and established the surrounding area as a spiritual center

In 1935, in the Second Oomoto Incident, the police completely destroyed the facilities including the worship hall. In 1945 Oomoto was adjudged not guilty and the persecution came to an end. There then remained the job of rebuilding the entire facility from the ground up.

At Ten'on-kyo Oomoto followers celebrate the Summer Grand Festival, conduct monthly ceremonies on the first Sunday of each month, hold wedding ceremonies, and the like.

A kind old priest showed us the new main hall and explained that the Oomoto sect stands for all religions, promoting peace across the world. While rather a simplistic message, I do believe they might have the right idea.
  
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