Shinto Taikyo

Doctrines Shinto Taikyo's doctrines may be divided into pre-1945 and post-1945 phases. Up to 1945 the sect promoted the basic ideas of the Taikyo (Great Teaching) introduced in the early Meiji period. It fostered Japanese nationalism and encouraged devotees to live a life of service to the emperor of Japan, the land of the kami. After 1945 the sect's teachings emphasised living a life in accordance with the way of the kami in order to achieve peace and harmony. The sect's teachings are based on an interpretation of the 'three kami of creation' mentioned in the Kojiki (Ame-no-minakushi-no-kami, Taka-musubi-no-kami and Kami-musubi-no-kami).

History Shinto Taikyo had no particular founder, but was set up in 1886 as the final successor of the Taikyo-in (Great Teaching Institute), after that institute had been replaced first by the Office of Shinto and then by the Shinto Honkyoku 'Chief Office of Shinto'. Up to 1945 it fostered the basic principles of the emperor system. In 1951 it became a shukyo hojin (religious juridical person) like other religious groups governed by postwar religious legislation. Shinto Taikyo, though relatively small among the sect Shinto groups technically remains the representative of all the sect Shinto movements.

Symbols The group uses conventional Shinto symbols.

Adherents Under 50,000 members

Main Centre
 Shinto Taikyoin, Azabu, Tokyo.