In his childhood, he was introduced to three powerful teachings which have over 800 years of history: ancient Shinto, the way of Yin and Yang, and Kobudo, an ancient Japanese martial art. At one point, he refused to follow those paths in earnest, instead opting to venture into the IT field. While working at a major foreign-owned IT company, he experienced a major setback when he became seriously ill and was forced to quit his job. During this complicated time in his life, he gained deep insights about the teachings of ancient Shinto, which he had previously only understood conceptually. He returned to the tradition with renewed determination. In 2008, he became the 25th successor to the lineage.
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