Onisaburo set up this branch of the Reigakkai Society for Spiritual Science in Kameoka.

Former site of Meisei Church (Currently, Tenrikyo's Kameoka church)

While Onisaburo was exploring the spiritual world, his body remained prone and immovable for a week. The worried family members called in from this church a Tenrikyo missionary, Jirobei Saito, for faith healing.

Entrance of Ten'onkyo (Currently Oomoto's sanctuary)

Formerly, the ruins of the Kameyama Castle owned by the disgraced warlord, Mitsuhide Akechi.

  Excerpts from The Great Onisaburo Deguchi

As a boy, Kisaburo was stirred by the sight of the white walls of Kameyama Castle through the gaps between the clouds, and sometimes he would stand on the ruins of the castle and have heroic feelings.

Later, he was to write poems remembering his youthful indignation at the way the ruins of his beloved castle were allowed to molder away. In the poems, he recalls how he went to the Inari shrine and, stamping his foot, shouted, "How can you see the castle left in that state and still call yourself a god?" and how he swore that one day soon he would restore the castle to its former golory.

Moats surrounding Ten'onkyo

Ten'onkyo (formerly the ruins of the Kameyama Castle)

Yada Shrine

Onisaburo had weeklong ascetic practices at the waterfall of this shrine.

Yada Waterfall

At the time of his ascetic practices at this waterfall, Onisaburo met a 30-year-old woman named Haru Geshi. They had similar ideas about spiritual matters and eventually set up a branch of the Reigakkai Society for Spiritual Science in Kameoka (See above).

Kameoka Church of Konko faith

Nao's third daughter, Hisa, was a Konko believer, and Nao was also influenced by the faith. When she came down to Kameoka, Nao often stopped by this church and became acquainted with Reverend Kamekichi Ohashi, head of the church.

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