Photo from the Tenri Jiho Issue 4326, April 14, 2013.
On April 4, there was a ceremony in the Foundress’ Sanctuary marking Zenji and Harue Nakayama’s adoption of their nephew Daisuke Nakata as their heir.
At 9:45 a.m., the Shinbashira Zenji Nakayama, other Nakayama family members, and Nakata family members their offered prayers at the Main Sanctuary. They then went to the Foundress’ Sanctuary, where they were joined by Church Headquarters staff and ministers of directly supervised churches.
Those assembled then offered their prayers to Oyasama and this was followed by a ceremonial exchange of cups of sake between Zenji, Harue, former Shinbashira Zenye Nakayama, and Daisuke Nakata to complete his adoption into the Nakayama family.
They then returned to the Main Sanctuary to perform the seated service and paid respects at the Foundress’ Sanctuary and Memorial Hall.
What does this mean?
There has been rumors floating around, but it’s pretty clear now that Daisuke will inherit the role of the Shinbashira. We will now be seeing his face more often because his position as heir is official and will become a major representative of Tenrikyo from now on.
Daisuke Nakayama (Nakata). Say “hi” to him when you see him!
Daisuke Nakayama (Nakata), personal history
- January 23, 1991: Born as the second child and first son of Zensuke and Michiko Nakata
- January 11, 2009: Received the sacrament of the Sazuke
- February 2009: Graduated from the day course of Tenri High School
- March 2013: Graduated from the Department of Policy Studies of Kansai University
Source: Tenri jiho, No. 4326 (April 14, 2013), p.1.