Prior to the Federal Kingdom of Eastern Kozan being founded, the Hakurei Shrine’s power of authority would be strengthened by its councils. When Reimu Hakurei assumed power as the shrine’s chief priest, she established the Hakurei Shrine Council on October 7, 1692. Their main objective ensuring the citizens of Kozan live healthy, spiritual lifestyles. Headquartered in Kozankyo, it has seven regional offices across the country.
The region highlighted in red on the map above, New Tohoku, has the largest population with over 8.8 million people residing in the region. They also educate more than half a million children and youth through their education programs which include religious education alongside regular secular subjects. The council operates more than forty schools across the area, and they also founded Hakurei University in Downtown Kozankyo. In addition, even though the Hakurei Shrine Council follows mostly Shinto, they also operate four cemeteries in the Kozankyo Metropolitan Area.
The Chief Priest of the Hakurei Shrine is almost always the head of the Council. They also have the authority to declare incidents, unusual phenomena that affect a large majority of Kozan, such as disease outbreaks or natural disasters.
As the council is founded within the Shinto faith, their schools offer a variety of opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of their faith and act on their values. These educational environments prepare students to make professional and personal choices grounded in strong values and integrity.
When students are enrolled at these schools, they become part of a community that is guided by millennia of Shinto wisdom and tradition. They are grounded in the Shinto vision of life, including its meaning, purpose, and value.
Students are surrounded by a strong faith community with theological courses inviting students to integrate theological values into professional and personal decisions. In addition, all students are encouraged to model a healthy spiritual lifestyle. Every school has a Campus Ministry office which provides opportunities for faith development. Most of these schools are nestled in a neighborhood of shrines and temples.