Monthly Archives: January 2019

Third Anniversary of WoshiteWorld

Motoake Chart created by Toyoke no Kami
to teach creation of world


Wosite character for “To”, To no Wosite teaching document


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Hinumani Jinja, enshrinement of Toyoke no Kami
Excerpt from Mikasahumi, one of the Three Sacred Treasures

Wakanoura Bay, Wakayama, where Wakahime loved to visit


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Isanagi’s burial place, Izanagi Jingu

Isanami’s burial place, Hibayama Jinja




Process of Kototama

How does Kototama “work”?

Kototama is the power of human speech to create. Wosite and Nekoye give an explanation of how Kototama functions creatively. The starting point is the Wosite description of the continuous creation of the world.

Amemiwoya in center of creaton

Creation Process

There is an Original Presence behind all that’s created. We give it the name, Amemiwoya, Exalted Sacred Parent. It corresponds to the Quantum Void, the Great Emptiness that has potential for everything. Amemiwoya, by reverberating the seed sound u, begins to umu (give birth to) Ame a and Tuti wa.  See the Motoake chart above.

In Ame-tuti, the word Ame represents an unseen dimensionless dimension of subtle, light, pure energy. The word Tuti refers to dense, heavy energy forms, that are seen and manifested as matter and physical energy of the phenomenal universe; it includes our Planet Earth and our Moon and humans and other beings.

Creation of Earth

The step-down process from Amemiwoya to light energy of Ame to dense matter of Tuti proceeds through five stages of vibration of the vowel sounds.

a Holding and anticipating 

i Breathing and flowing

u Running and activating

e Rushing and changing

o Balancing and stabilizing

The phenomenal world is thus created.

Creation of Humans

  • Amemiwoya initiates creation.
  • Akuta Kami protect Amemiwoya, and establish seasons of the year and directions of space.
  • Anami Kami protect Awanouta song of universe and language, and bring down vibrations to form the human body.
  • Misohu Kami produce the human body, and reverberate the human voice.

Human Voice: Nekoye and Kototama

The human voice has two aspects which we may refer to as Nekoye and Kototama. Nekoye is the forming of koye human speech and language out of ne throat sounds. When Misohu Kami reverberate in the human voice, the ne throat sounds become koye, words with meaning, and speech and language. Language enables humans to communicate and this, in turn, allows for cooperation and the building of society.

Kototama is a general term refering to the power/Spirit of language. The Spirit of language has the power to make koto things from koto words. We have above presented the Wosite view of how this is done. Conversely, Kototama is the language of Spirit. Spirit with a capital S is energy of Universe from Amemiwoya. Amemiwoya speaks through Kototama. In other words, not all human speech contains the same amount of energy or power. The closer to the will of Amemiwoya, the more energy and power will be carried in the Kototama of that speech.


Kototama Secrets of Michi (Tao) in Kojiki Myths – 2


This is the second lecture in the Yamakoshi Kototama Okagami series. In this lecture, he explains the vibration of the universe as kototama, and the movement of kototama is the energy we call kami. We hope that the student of Wosite will work out for herself/himself what Yamakoshi’s kototama theory says about the kototama and energy kami of Wosite, the Wosite cosmology, the role of Awanouta, the meaning of nekoye, and other lessons we have presented on this blog site.

LECTURE 2  Time, Space, and Weaving the Universe

Vowels map out space, while consonants map out time. All together they form the universe, uchuu, where u represents vowels and space, and chuu represents consonants and time. This is expressed in one of the most dramatic waka written by Empress Shoken:

Shikishima no
Yamato kotoba wo
tate-nuki ni
orushizu-hata no
oto no saya kesa

Shikishima is the name for Nihon in traditional waka poetry. Orushizu hata is doing the weaving with the hata-ori weaving machine, and oto no saya is the beautiful sound of weaving. The empress is exclaiming that time and space are being created in harmony, and all is well in the country of Yamato. The vowels are like the woof of the weaving and they represent space. The warp threads represent the flow of time. When warp and woof are balanced, the world is in harmony. This brings to mind the Tanabata matsuri of weaving space and time.

One hundred sounds of kototama

There are one hundred sounds when fifty sounds are reflected in the sacred mirror. There are folktales about kototama. For example, the folk hero Momotaro has a name that refers to the one hundred (momo) sounds coming out. His grandparents are Isanagi and Isanami [says Yamakoshi]. In another tale, Urashimataro tells about the Chinese visitor who came seeking the elixir of immortality. When he opened the treasure box, only smoke appeared – because he did not understand kototama. [Doesn’t this imply that kototama is the secret of immortality?]

Yama symbol of eight spaces

The yama symbol is the square containing four intersecting lines, one pair forming a ‘+’ and the other pair an ‘x’. These lines divide the square into eight parts, each an isosceles right triangle. The name ‘ya ma’ comes from ya meaning eight and ma meaning spaces. It is equivalent to kume: ku, nine; me, eyes; these ‘eyes’ are the points at the eight ends of line segments plus the point in the center. Yama can also be represented as a square divided into nine equal smaller squares.

[It is said that kume sennin immortals rode clouds around the universe. Sennin is written 仙人 and means immortal mountain wizard. The adjective kume may refer to wizards who understood kototama.]

The two lines that cross the yama square like a + is the symbol of the kami Kamimusubi. The other two lines that cross in an x form is the symbol of Takamimusubi. Both kami are needed to make sound and all things.

The 9 father sounds plus 5 mother sounds together make 14 which is toyo: to = 10 and yo = 4. [Toyo, as in Toyoke, means excellent, bountiful. So the father and mother sounds together are excellent and denote prosperity.]

The joining of Kamimusubi and Takamimusubi is represented by the crossbeam of a torii as well as the twisted rope shimenawa on the torii. The shimenawa is a kuchinawa, a snake rope. These days it reminds us of the DNA helix.

The Sound Chart: Amenominakanushi, Takamimusubi and Kamimusubi

The Amanoiwato [the sacred iwa rock-cave] is the human mind. To understand this, just listening won’t do. You must open your mind. The word iwa is i no ha (where ‘i’ means 5 or 50, and ‘ha’ means breath). The 50 sounds are fundamental (hado no moto). ‘Hado’ means vibration, and ‘moto’ means base. All vibrations from the universe enter the brain, and the hundred kami appear. A kami is power; for example the kami of water is the power of water. When we have musubi, the kami are connecting.

The sound U is the kami Amenominakanushi, which gives rise to the two kami Takamimusubi and Kamimusubi. Consider how U divides into A and WA.  A is akarui, light, Takamimusubi. WA is shadow, Kamimusubi. A is clear like fire, and positive; WA is hidden like water, and negative. So the single sound of U separates into WA-A, mizu-ho, water-fire. Recall that A U WA appear in the center of the Motoake circle chart of Wosite, where A is the heavens and WA is the earth. A is very light and WA is very heavy.

Takamimusubi makes things come out – recall that the T sound is a coming out sound. Kamimusubi makes things by connecting. Both kami are needed! They are dual (opposite) energies of U. When U divides into WA and A, the properties of WA and A are these.

WA  –  A

Kamimusubi  –  Takamimusubi

water  –  fire

female  –  male

negative  –  positive

right  –  left

down  –  up

unseen  –  physical

black  –  white

heat  –  light

Futomani meaning

Recalling the pairs: T Y, K M, S R, and H N, let us now discuss what happens when we put our hands together when we pray or clap. A is the thumb of the left hand, WA is that of the right hand. The digits of the left hand represent the sounds A TA KA SA HA; the right hand represents WA YA MA RA NA. When we put our hands together we have the pairs A-WA, TA-YA, etc. One clap is ten sounds; two claps are twenty = futo, where fu = two, to = ten, and represents the kototama of futomani, the twenty mana. Futomani is the joining of Takamimusubi and Kamimusubi.

Thus uchuurei the Universal Spirit enters the human head. Kami is the principle of movement of kototama.


  • Uchuurei means Universal Spirit.
  • Uchuu means space-time.
  • Vowels represent space; consonants represent time.
  • The mythical Amanoiwato represents the human mind.
  • Fifty fundamental vibrations enter the brain.
  • They are reflected in the sacred mirror and 100 kami appear.
  • Kami are power.
  • The seed sound U divides into A and WA.
  • When we pray or clap our hands, we join A and WA.
  • When we clap twice, we produce futomani, the twenty mana energies.
  • Kototama is the vibration of Universe.

Editor’s Note

At the end of this lecture, Yamakoshi is describing the vibration of the universe as kototama. Vibration is movement, as in the above final statement. Or, more precisely, the movement of kototama is the vibration of energy which we call by the name kami. Here, Yamakoshi is explaining his opening statements about Amanoiwato as the cave in the human brain, and opening the cave with kototama. He stated that kototama is the principle of every wisdom teaching. Do we see how he arrives at this conclusion?

Kototama Futomani. The formal name of kototama is kototama futomani. The word futomani appears in other contexts. The basic meaning of futomani as the twenty energies is part of the kototama teaching. The use of futomani to mean divination is an application of kototama knowledge to analyzing a situation and determining an optimal outcome in harmony with the universe. The word futomani comes from the Wosite hutomani.

Hawaiian kototama. The deconstruction of words into their component syllables which have kototama meanings is strikingly similar to the practice when teaching the deeper meaning of words in the Hawaiian language. Don’t forget that the spiritual energy called Mana or Manna, worldwide, is exactly the same in the Hawaiian language. For Hawaiian kototama, please see the 1969 Quest book, Children of the Rainbow, by Leinani Melville.


Kototama Secrets of Michi (Tao) in Kojiki Myths – 1


Yamakoshi Meisho (Akimasa) was the son of Yamakoshi Koudo (Hiromichi) who studied the kototama of the Kojiki with Emperor Meiji. The Kojiki is a book of eighth century Japan; in its myths are hidden secrets of Michi, or Tao, which are the teachings of kototama. Kototama is Universal Spirit, and humans are made of kototama. Indeed, everything is made of kototama. Yamakoshi gave a series of lectures entitled Kototama Okagami in 1940. In this article, we present Lecture 1. There will be another post, on Lecture 2.

LECTURE 1  Introduction, Kojiki, and Three Sacred Treasures

The eighth century Kojiki and Nihon Shoki are considered the classical books of Japan. Yamakoshi believes that the Nihon Shoki is a history book, while the Kojiki is about Michi, which is also known as the Tao. The Kojiki has, concealed within it, secrets of the Michi which are the teachings of kototama, as Yamakoshi reveals to us.

As we know from reading the Kojiki, there is a cave called the Amanoiwato. When Amaterasu Omikami hid herself in the cave, all the world went dark. Light was restored when she was enticed to open the door of the cave. According to Yamakoshi, Amanoiwato is the human brain itself, and it is kototama that opens it. What is kototama?

Kototama is uchuu-rei, Spirit of Universe, or Universal Spirit. The human is made of kototama and indeed kototama is the spirit of everything. All things koto have sound koto, too. Koto is the sound vibration that solidifies into things. It may require all your senses to understand this.

Kototama is the origin of the universe; it is the principle of every teaching.

However, it is not written about in other countries, only in Nihon. Where is it written in Nihon? In Ise Jingu’s Naiku and Geku, in the form of the shrine building in the shinmei-zukuri style. Adjacent to Ise Naiku, the river Isuzugawa flows. This is physical and symbolic, as well as spiritual.

Emperor Meiji referred to the Kojiki by its classical (kototama) name of Furukotobumi, where furu=kokoto=jifumi=ki. The seemingly ordinary two to three pages at the beginning of Furukotobumi are about kototama, but they are hard to decipher. Truly, kototama is Nihon’s treasure. It was in Nihon that it was discovered and formulated.

Mikusa no Kantakara, the Three Sacred Treasures 

The traditional three sacred treasures of Nihon are: the kagami mirror, magatama jewel necklace, and tsurugi ceremonial sword. Here are their true meanings.

Kagami. Kagami is not merely a mirror. It is something written. Amaterasu said it is a book of rules, a book which contains her spirit. The rules have eight seishitsu characteristics, and they are made of kototama.

Magatama. Yasaka no magatama, or tama, represents the spirit of the jewel, and you have to know how to use it.

Tsurugi. Tsurugi, the sword, is the action, the way of properly using the tama. Tama means both jewel and spirit in Nihongo.

Sound Characteristics, Mother and Father Sounds

[Ed:  The three sound orders of kototama theory are Amatsu Sugaso, Amatsu Kanagi, and Amatsu Futonorito. We are discussing the kototama of Amatsu Sugaso sound order of a previous age. The vowels and consonants are named in an order which differs from the Amatsu Kanagi sound order of our times. The current-day set of mother sounds, vowels, goes in this order (the Kanagi order):  A I U E O. The current-day set of father sounds, consonants, have the order: K S T N H M Y R W. However this is not the “correct” order. For details, see Nakazono’s Source of the Present Civilization.]

The vowels, A O U E I, are mother sounds. The qualities of the vowels are as follows.

A,  manifesting

O,  reacting to seeing light

U,  moving

E,  understanding

I,  concluding

Mother sounds need energy to bring out child sounds. This energy is called nuboko. It makes A into KA, I into KI, etc. We call these energies consonants.

The consonants are given in this order: T K S H Y M R N W. Their meanings are as follows (with Nihongo keywords in parentheses).

  • T,  swiftly coming out (Tsuku)
  • K,  gathering energy (Kaku)
  • S,  spearing energy (Sasu)
  • H,  developing power (Happa)
  • Y,  makes the vowels stronger (Ya, arrow, see below)
  • M,  rotating (Marui, round)
  • R,  spiraling (Rasen ryoku)
  • N,  absorbing (Nyuushu)
  • W,  unifying (Wa, circle)

Each sound has a shape, and the shape is kotoba (speech). There are fifty sounds, and isuzu = fifty sounds. The Isuzugawa river adjacent to the Ise Naiku flows with the fifty sounds. [Since there are five vowels and 9 father sounds, there are 5 x 10 = 50 sounds, although we might call them syllables.]

Oto no dekata, How the sound comes out

The way the sound comes out of the mouth, goes from front to back.

  • A,  mouth opens wide
  • O,  lips
  • U,  teeth
  • E,  tongue
  • I,  back of tongue
  • T,  push out from top of tongue
  • K,  upper jaw is scratching
  • S,  bring out the lower jaw
  • H,  breath comes out
  • Y,  upper lip area
  • M,  lower lip area
  • R,  back of tongue
  • N,  nasal

Each sound is a kami. The consonants pair with their opposites, as confirmed by sound wave studies. The consonant pairs are:

T   Y
K   M
S   R  
H   N

In-yo sounds. We translate the Nihongo in and yo as yin and yang.The clear, yang, sounds are the gyo (the five in the set of vowels) of A, namely A O U E I; the five in the set of T syllables (TA TO TU TE TI); the K syllables, the S syllables, the H syllables. The minor yin sounds come from further down in the throat: Y syllables, M syllables, R syllables, N syllables.

The consonant Y (as in ya, arrow) makes the vowels stronger. Thus, YA is really IA, and it makes A stronger.

The mother vowels A O U E I are brighter compared with the syllables WA WO WU WE WI which are ‘under the azalea,’ meaning in the shade. Of the vowels, not all of them have the same brightness. A and O are darker; U is middle; E and I are brighter. The bright sounds are the sound of fire and are positive; the dark sounds are the sound of water and are negative.


Kototama is:

  • Universal Spirit
  • the spirit of everything
  • the origin of the universe
  • the principle of every teaching

All sounds, vowels and consonants alike, have meanings. There are yang and yin sounds. Each sound is a kami.

There are fifty sounds. When the fifty are reflected in the sacred mirror, there are one hundred sounds, one hundred kami.


Kototama Waka of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken

Kototama Researchers

In a previous post, Woshite World introduced Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken as Kototama researchers of the 19th century. Both of them wrote thousands of waka, inspired by kototama and their strong feelings for their country and their people.

Waka and Wosite

The entire corpus of the Wosite literature of the Jomon period is written in waka, the 5-7 rhythm of the earth and the heavens. It was spread by Isanami and Isanagi in the Awanouta, and by their daughter Wakahirume. Wosite waka is an expression of kototama, the spirit of language. Waka poetry in the rhythm of 5-7-5-7-7 has continued on into the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Waka has given its name to the prefecture of Wakayama.

Waka is classical poetry of Japanese literature. Waka means “Japanese poem” or “Japanese poetry.” Waka poetry can be found in the eighth century documents, the Kojiki, the Nihon Shoki, and the poetry collection, the Man’yōshū . Up to the eighth century, waka was the general term for poetry composed in Japanese and included several genres including the chōka (long poem) and tanka (short poem). By the time of the Kokinshū in the tenth century, waka became synonymous with tanka. After that, “tanka” fell out of use until it was revived at the end of the 19th century. 

Emperor Meiji

Emperor Meiji

Emperor Meiji composed a multitude of waka. One of his most famous expresses his anti-war sentiment.

yomo no umi     mina hara kara to     omofu yo ni

nado nami kaze no     tachi sawa gu ra mu

The four seas are all born from one womb

I wonder why do wind and waves clamor so?

Empress Shōken

Empress Shōken

Empress Shōken composed many waka including this one that is truly heartfelt:

Shikishima no Yamato kotoba wo tate nuki ni

  oroshizu hata no oto no saya kesa

She is speaking of the Yamato kotoba of Shikishima (Nihon), as the pleasant sound of weaving the warp and woof threads with the hata-ori loom. She suggests that time and space (warp and woof) are created in harmony, and the country is doing well.