Group of 100 Devotees of Koyasan and Kumano


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Chairman of the Association of Mekiki,
President of the Kokorozashi Art Project,
Representative of Chado Urasenke,
President of the Keio Psychology Alumni Association

Hikaru Deguchi


Hikaru Deguchi was born in Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture. He holds a Ph.D.
He is chairman of the Association of Mekiki. He is president of the Kokorozashi Art Project.
He is a representative of Chado Urasenke Tankokai Association (tea ceremony). He is president of the Keio Psychology Alumni Association.
Deguchi graduated from the Keio University Faculty of Letters (degree in experimental psychology)
He obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas (applied behavior analysis)
He is the former President of Taka-Q Co., Ltd. (listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange).
He is a former graduate school instructor at Keio University and full-time lecturer in the Meisei University School of Humanities.
He is a former editor of the Japanese Journal of Behavior Analysis, the academic journal published by the Japanese Association for Behavior Analysis.
He has authored numerous books, including Tenmei no Ango, Hito no Kokoro ga Te ni Toru yo ni Miete-kuru, Kiki-kata Kakumei, Shiawase ni Naru Kotoba Shiawase ni Suru Kotoba and Kurieitah no tame no Chosakuken-jutsu.

Finding the primal, pristine landscape of Japan in Kumano

Japan’s primal, pristine landscape can be found in Kumano.
I want to help Japan cultivate a new and revitalized culture and spirit for the 21st century, and towards that end I help facilitate adult coming-of-age ceremonies which take place at Noh theaters, as well as facilitate various Japanese cultural activities at shrines and temples. At the ceremony to commemorate the 1,700 year anniversary of Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine’s founding and the 2,050 year anniversary of the Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine’s founding, I worked with Master Shonosuke Okura to facilitate taiko drumming, tea ceremony, Aikido, Noh dancing and other Japanese cultural performances. I have also heard that there are more people with my surname, “Deguchi,” in Kumano than anywhere else, which makes me feel a certain sense of close connection. The Kumano region is the birthplace of the Japanese spirit, and it is my hope that not just Japanese but people from all over the world will visit and experience it. I view my membership in the Group of 100 Devotees of Koyasan and Kumano as an opportunity to further share with the world the splendor of Kumano.

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