Twelve Songs

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Mikagura-uta (Japanese).jpg
The Service
Sections One, Two, and Three
Songs for the Kagura
Section Four
Section Five
(Twelve Songs)
Song One
Song Two
Song Three
Song Four
Song Five
Song Six
Song Seven
Song Eight
Song Nine
Song Ten
Song Eleven
Song Twelve
Date Composed

Twelve Songs (Ju-ni-kudari 十二下り) is occasionally identified as Section Five of the Mikagura-uta. It is also part of the Teodori in addition to the Eight Verses of the Yorozuyo.[1]

Each of the Twelve Songs is a “counting song” comprised of ten verses. Other than a couple of exceptions, each verse begins with a number (for instance, “Hitotsu,” or “one”), which is usually followed by a word that shares the same syllable as the number (such as “Hinomoto” in Song Three).


Oyasama composed the Twelve Songs between the first and eight lunar months of 1867 and spent the next three years teaching the accompanying dance movements to a group of followers.

Song Themes

Song Theme
Song One harvest[2]
Song Two joy of faith, health, peace[2]
Song Three Song on faith containing God the Parent's direct revelations and fundamental teachings[3]
Song Four spiritual maturity[4]
Song Five world salvation, purification of the mind[5], missionary work[6]
Song Six faith[6]
Song Seven fields, sowing seeds[7]
Song Eight assembling Yoboku for the purpose of construction[8]
Song Nine missionary work[9]
Song Ten the mind[10]
Song Eleven hinokishin[11]
Song Twelve beginning of the spiritual construction[12]


  1. Unless noted, information is from the entry "Jū-ni-kudari" in 『改訂 天理教事典』 Kaitei Tenrikyo jiten, p. 413.
  2. 2.0 2.1 上田嘉成 Ueda Yoshinaru. 『おかぐらうた』 Okagurauta, p. 162.
  3. Okagurauta, p. 214.
  4. Okagurauta, p. 312.
  5. Okagurauta, p. 382.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Okagurauta, p. 437.
  7. Okagurauta, p. 465.
  8. Okagurauta, p. 509.
  9. Okagurauta, p. 543.
  10. Okagurauta, p. 564.
  11. Okagurauta, p. 581.
  12. Okagurauta, p. 614.