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Divine virtues
The divine virtues of the enshrined deities include their achievements and texts they issued such as edicts and poems.
They include:
The Imperial Rescript on Education
The Charter Oath in Five Articles
Waka poetry


The Charter Oath in Five Articles:
Proclamation of the Charter Oath (Photo: Mural at Kaigakan, inside Gaien, depicting the proclamation of the Charter Oath in Five Articles)


On the occasion of the so-called Meiji Restoration in 1868, Emperor Meiji proclaimed the Charter Oath in Five Articles in front of the kami (spirits, deities) as the new guideline for building a new Japan.

At that period when this oath was issued, Japan was facing unprecedented political, social and cultural changes such as the opening of the country after more than 200 years isolation policy (during the Edo Era), the influx of Western culture, thoughts and technologies, and the establishment of a modern governmental system with the emperor at its center by abolishing the feudal system led by the shogunate.
Against this historical background, in order to build up Japan as a modern state while honouring the Japanese traditional way of thinking, this Charter Oath became the foundation of modern Japan emphasizing the importance of making decisions by general discussion based on public spirit, of pursuing one's own calling, of uniting hearts and making efforts to develop the nation, of breaking out-dated and harmful practices, and of gathering knowledge from all over the world.

Now,more than 140 years after the proclamation of the Charter Oath, we would like to recall our ancestors' spirit, and to devote ourselves to promoting prosperity and peace of Japan and the world.