Akazawa, Konko Daijin Bunji

Bunji Akazawa (1814-1883), who is given the honorific title Konko Daijin, was the founder of the Japanese new religion Konkokyo. As the result of a profound healing experience, he began to teach a monotheistic religion based on the one all-sustaining God, Tenchi Kane no Kami. After his death and, perhaps, contrary to his own views, the new movement aligned itself with State Shinto and came to be regarded as one of the thirteen sects of Shinto.