About the Author

Hinomoto no Mikoto

Masahilo Nakazono, O Sensei

Born May 22, 1918 in Southern Japan, Kagoshima District, Sensei Nakazono began his studies by practicing kendo at the age of 6, judo at 12, and karate at 19. Later he studied many other forms of martial arts; then fully immersed himself in the art of Aikido, learning directly from O Sensei Uyeshiba, its founder.,

Following his mother’s inclination, Sensei Nakazono began his formal studies of acupuncture in 1934 at age 16. He was a student of George Ohsawa, the founder of macrobiotics, and Sakai Sensei, who taught the spirit of finite form, Jizo Bosatsu.

​Later, Sensei was re-introduced to the Kototama Principle by Sensei Ogasawara, and revised every aspect of his life and work from this profound viewpoint. In 1972 he moved to Santa Fe, where he established the Kototama Institute to teach Aikido, natural therapy, and the Kototama Principle. He inspired the passage of the New Mexico Acupuncture Act in 1973, and was honored as “A Living Treasure” in Santa Fe, New Mexico in July of 1984.

​Sensei Nakazono taught the Kototama Principle in Santa Fe and throughout the world. He devoted his life to handing it over for the sake of all humanity. His books  embody his teachings, great vision and compassion for mankind. He passed over on October 8, 1994.


The Kototama Principle is the content of the subject of the universe- and therefore the source of the human subjective capacities. Instead of looking outward at the objects surrounding him, the researcher must look within.  He must study his own existence, his own capacities, the very cause of his desire to search.

-M.M. Nakazono, The Source of the Present Civilization, 1990

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