Showing posts with label new religion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label new religion. Show all posts

Monday, December 11, 2023

Giant Torii of Ryugu Sumiyoshi Shrine


Walking up Route 206, the main road up the western side of Omura Bay in Nagasaki, in the town of Seihi there is a giant vermillion torii straddling a side road.

The road leads to  Ryugu Sumiyoshi Shrine which is part of the Head Temple of Seicho No Ie, a "new" religion founded in 1930. The shrine and temple was established in 1978.

Said to combine elements of Shinto, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and various philosophies and psychologies, it claims to be a  monotheistic religion. The founder, Masaharu Taniguchi, claims to have had guidance from Sumiyoshi Okami, hence Ryugu Sumiyoshi shrines are associated with Seicho No Ie properties.

I did not venture up to the shrine on this trip though I had visited it on a road trip earlier. I can find no info on the dimensions of the torii.

The previous post in this series on day 65 of my Kyushu Pilgrimage was on sunrise a little earlier that morning.