Kada no Azumamaro

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Kada no Azumamaro was a Shinto priest who is recognized as one of the chief pioneers of the kokugaku movement in Edo period Japan.

Azumamaro came from a family of priests closely associated with Fushimi Inari Shrine going back centuries. He studied Confucian Studies with Ogyû Sorai, but felt there was a need to emphasize Japanese learning, as separate from and equal to Chinese studies. Kada appealed to the shogunate to establish an academy for this purpose, but it is unknown if he ever received a response.

His student Kamo no Mabuchi went on to further develop the nascent school of "National Studies" (kokugaku) which Kada initiated.


  • William Theodore de Bary, Carol Gluck, and Arthur Tiedemann (eds.), Sources of Japanese Tradition, Second Edition, vol 2, Columbia University Press (2005), 483.