First published: 1998
Last updated: May 30, 2021

The "dragon-shaped" Japanese Archepelago, with Kyushu
(pinkish red region) being the dragon's head.
Image by courtesy of the Japan National Tourism Organization

Onisaburo says that the Japanese archipelago is a miniature version of the world.

Before getting to that point, let us first look at how the Japanese island chain was formed according to the Reikai Monogatari.

Ancient Japan was part of the Asian Continent, and the Sea of Japan was non-existent. Similarly, the Pacific Ocean was far from being a vast expanse of waters as it was divided by landmasses.

The perennial forces of evil defiled the spirit world of the Earth, turning it into a pandemonium of wicked deities. Kunitokotachi no Mikoto, the parent deity and creator of the planet's spirit world, blew his top. His anger caused natural calamities, submerging the portions of the land known currently as the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean while leaving intact its strongest portions, namely the "dragon-shaped" Japanese Islands. (Vol. 1 of the Reikai Monogatari)

Kunitokotachi no Mikoto, creater of Earth's spirit world

This dragon-shaped archipelago is a perfect duplicate of Kunitokotachi no Mikoto as a pre-morphed golden dragon when he created the muddy sea of the primordial Earth (Vol. 1 of the Monogatari). It is also the place of origin where the golden cylinder stood in the middle of the universe. The cylinder fell over by itself from the northeast to the southwest, turning into a chain of islands. This archipelago thus earned the name "the Self-Fallen Islands" (Onokoro Jima).

The Islands of Onokoro, another meaning of which is "self-curdling" or "self-condensed," appears in the Kojiki ("Records of Ancient Matters").
For details, see SECT. III. - THE ISLAND OF ONOGORO of the Kojiki translated by Basil Hall Chamberlain.

The Onokoro Jima was vested with a mission to serve as the ena ("placenta") of the world.
This group of islands is the current Japanese archipelago. (Imagine the island of Kyushu as the dragon's head and Honshu as its body.)

Then what does Onisaburo mean by the "ena ('placenta') of the world"?
It refers to the idea of Japan being a miniature kata ("model") of the world:
  • Passive kata (world -> Japan -> Omoto)
    What happens to the world, for good or bad, will happen to Japan, which will in turn happen to Omoto with varying degrees of similarity and extent.

  • Active kata (Omoto -> Japan -> world)
    What happens to Omoto, for good or bad, will serve as a self-similar model of Japan, which will in turn serve yet another self-similar model of the world on a larger, more dramatic scale.
Note: Just because Japan serves as a model of the world does not mean Japan or Japanese people are superior to others. Onisaburo supports the transmigration of souls, adding that humans are reincarnated time and again to learn love, goodness and other virtues during their earthly sojourns so that they can be "resurrected" to heaven as celestial beings after they leave the material world. In this respect, current Japanese people are Japanese for a reason, but they may have been non-Japanese nationals in their former incarnations just as current non-Japanese nationals may have been Japanese. For details, see How the Spirit World Works

The following are striking geographical similarities between the major islands of Japan and the major continents of the world:

Note: The maps below are by courtesy of FREEWORLDMAPS.NET.

Kyushu: Model of Africa

Kyushu, the "head" of the dragon

Africa, an enlarged version of Kyushu

Shikoku: Model of Australia


Australia, an enlarged version of Shikoku

Honshu: Model of Eurasia (Europe + Asia)

Honshu, the "body" of the dragon

Eurasia (Europe + Asia), an enlarged version of Honshu

Hokkaido: Model of North America


Hokkaido, rotated 90 degrees left

North America, an enlarged version of Hokkaido

Taiwan (= a former territory of Japan): Model of South America


Taiwan, rotated 180 degrees right

South America, an enlarged version of Taiwan

As shown above, Onisaburo claims that the Japanese main island of Honshu corresponds to Eurasia, the northern island of Hokkaido to North America, the island of Shikoku to Australia, the southern island of Kyushu to Africa, and Taiwan (a former territory of Japan) to South America.

The same principle applies to individual geographical features as follows:

Geographical Correlation between Japan and the World
(Excerpts: Reikai no Saikokimitsu by Yasuaki Deguchi. KK Longsellers, 1999.)

Note: Unless otherwise specified, the maps below are by courtesy of Google Maps.

Honshu = Eurasia

The Tsugaru Strait = the Bering Strait

Tsugaru Strait

Bering Strait

The Tsugaru Peninsula = the Chukchi Peninsula (Russia)

Tsugaru Peninsula

Chukchi Peninsula

The Mutsu Peninsula = the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia)

Mutsu Peninsula

Kamchatka Peninsula

Lake Towada = Lake Baikal

Lake Towada

Lake Baikal

The Hachiro Lagoon = the Gulf of Ob

Hachiro Lagoon
Once the second largest lake in Japan after Lake Biwa, the Hachiro Lagoon was mostly reclaimed for rice cultivation. Also called the Hachirogata Regulating Pond.

Gulf of Ob

The Ishinomaki Bay = the Yellow Sea

Ishinomaki Bay

Yellow Sea

The Oshika Peninsula (Miyagi) = the Korean Peninsula (Korea)

Oshika Peninsula

Korean Peninsula

The Kitakami River = the Amur River

Kitakami River
Image by courtesy of

Amur River
Image by courtesy of International Rivers

The Abukuma River = the Huang He (Yellow River)

Abukuma River

Huang He (Yellow River)

Lake Inawashiro = Lake Balkhash

Lake Inawashiro

Lake Balkhash

The Tone River = the Yangtze River

Tone River

Yangtze River

The Ogasawara Islands = the Maluku Islands

Ogasawara Islands

Ogasawara Islands (Close up)

Maluku Islands

The Tokyo Bay = the Gulf of Thailand

Tokyo Bay

Gulf of Thailand

The Izu Peninsula = the Malay Peninsula

Izu Peninsula

Malay Peninsula

The Izu Oshima Island = the Sumatra Island

Izu Oshima Island

Sumatra Island

The Omaezaki Peninsula = India

Omaezaki Peninsula


The Fuji Mountains = the Himalayas

Fuji Mountains


The Fuji River = the Ganges River

Fuji River

Ganges River
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The Tenryu River = the Indus River

Tenryu River

Indus River
Image by courtesy of The Better India

The Kiso River = the Euphrates River

Kiso River

Euphrates River

The Ise Bay = the Persian Gulf (also known as the Arabian Gulf)

Ise Bay

Persian Gulf

The Kii Peninsula = the Arabian Peninsula

Kii Peninsula

Arabian Peninsula

Lake Suwa = the Aral Sea

Lake Suwa

Aral Sea

Lake Biwa = the Caspian Sea

Lake Biwa

Caspian Sea

The Osaka Bay = the Black Sea

Osaka Bay

Black Sea

The Nodai River (Niigata) = the Lena River (Russia)

Nodai River

Lena River

The Shinano River = the Ob River

Shinano River

Ob River

The Sado Island = the Novaya Zemlya Islands

Sado Island

Novaya Zemlya Islands

The Noto Peninsula = the Scandinavian Peninsula

Noto Peninsula

Scandinavian Peninsula

The Jinzu River = the Northern Dvina River

Jjinzu River

Northern Dvina River

The Awaji Island = the New Guinea Island

Awaji Island

New Guinea Island

The Seto Inland Sea = the Mediterranean Sea

Seto Inland Sea

Mediterranean Sea

The Oki Islands = United Kingdom and Ireland

Oki Islands

United Kingdom and Ireland

The Kanmon Strait = the Strait of Gibraltar

Kanmon Strait

Strait of Gibraltar

The Iki Island = Iceland

Iki Island


The Tsushima Islands = the Svalbard Islands

Tsushima Islands

Svalbard Islands

Hokkaido = North America

The Nemuro Bay = the Hudson Bay

Nemuro Bay

Hudson Bay

The Kuril Islands = the Queen Elizabeth Islands (formerly known as the Parry Islands)

Kuril Islands

Queen Elizabeth Islands

The Kunashiri Island = the Labrador Peninsula

Kunashiri Island

Labrador Peninsula

Sakhalin (former Japanese island) = the Baffin Island


Baffin Island

The Uchiura Bay = the Gulf of Mexico

Uchiura Bay

Gulf of Mexico

Shikoku = Australia

The Tosa Bay = the Great Australian Bight

Tosa Bay

Great Australian Bight

The Hiuchi Open Sea = the Gulf of Carpentaria

Hiuchi Open Sea

Gulf of Carpentaria

Kyushu = Africa

The Tanegashima Island = the Madagascar Island

Tanegashima Island

Madagascar Island

Taiwan = South America

Now turn to some incidents from Omoto's annals that seem to exemplify the idea of kata (model), where events of divine importance occur through fractal patterns:

  • Jul. 22, 1934: The Showa Shinseikai was inaugurated at the Armed Forces' Hall at Kudan in Tokyo.
  • Jul. 22, 1940: The Second Konoe Cabinet was formed at the Armed Forces' Hall at Kudan in Tokyo.
The chairman of the Showa Shinseikai was Onisaburo Deguchi, and the vice chairman was Ryohei Uchida, a pioneer in the Japanese right-wing movement. Similarly, the head of the Konoe Cabinet was Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe, and his appointed War Minister was Hideki Tojo, a right-wing militarist who later became prime minister.

  • Dec. 8, 1935: The Second Omoto Incident broke out.
  • Dec. 8 (Japan time), 1941: Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor triggered what the Japanese call the Pacific War.
The Tokkotai (special secret service police) launched a sneak attack on Onisaburo, who stayed at Omoto's Matsue branch along Lake Shinji, whereas the tokkotai (suicidal banzai unit) launched a sneak attack on the U.S. Pacific fleet, which was at anchor along Pearl Harbor.

As an aside, the dawn of December 8 is the de facto birthday of Buddhism, when Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under the bo tree, looking up at the bright morning star.

  • Apr. 18, 1936: The holy sanctuaries of Ayabe and Kameoka were unlawfully forfeited and sold.
  • Apr. 18, 1942: The first aerial bombing of Tokyo by U.S. aircraft.
Besides the forfeiture of Omoto's two holy sanctuaries, its local chapters and other facilities were all destroyed. Onisaburo once said that Ayabe was a model of the Grand Shrines of Ise (summit of all Japanese Shinto shrines), and Kameoka, a model of Tokyo. Truly, 6 years later, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe and other big cities were bombed by sixteen U.S. aircraft. The Grand Shrines of Ise were not spared, either.

  • Sep. 8, 1945: The Supreme Court pronounced Omoto innocent to end the perennial court battle.
  • Sep. 8, 1951: Japan signed the peace treaty in San Francisco to end the Pacific War and the ensuing occupation by the Allied Forces.
The number of suspects who appealed it to the Supreme Court was 48 except Onisaburo and his wife Sumi. Meanwhile, the number of nations which attended the signing of the peace accord in San Francisco was 48 except Japan.

The Second Omoto Incident was resolved on Sep. 8, 1945; on the same day, General Douglas MacArthur and his 15,000 soldiers including the 8,000 cavalry set foot on Japanese soil, making them the very first foreign army to occupy the country since its foundation.

Incidentally, Onisaburo had been in jail for 6 years and 8 months, or 2,435 days from Dec. 8, 1935 to Aug. 7, 1942 (including two leap years), while Japan had been under the Allied occupation for 6 years and 8 months, or 2,435 days from Aug. 28, 1945 (when the Allied advance contingent arrived at the air base in Atsugi) to Apr. 27, 1952 (the day before the enactment of the peace treaty in San Francisco) (including two leap years).

The Second Omoto Incident had extended for 9 years and 9 months from Dec. 8, 1935 to Sep. 8, 1945, while the Pacific War had lasted for 9 years and 9 months from Dec. 8, 1941 to Sep. 8, 1951.

Just as Onisaburo abandoned the right to seek compensation for the Second Omoto Incident, the Allied Powers abandoned their right to seek indemnities from Japan. Just as the holy sanctuaries of Ayabe and Kameoka were unconditionally reverted to Omoto, the Allied Nations reverted the Japanese Archipelago undivided.

As miniature versions of Japan and the world, Omoto served bad models as well.

A classic example would be Hisa Fukushima, the third daughter of Foundress Nao Deguchi. Based on her revelations coming from wicked deities, Hisa made every effort to slander Onisaburo and get in his way. Herein lies the airtight plot of the Kami's drama. In other words, the Kami let Hisa play the villain to proactively create a model where evil deities would surrender to the Kami and repent.

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