Kokutai no Hongi has been compiled in view of the our pressing need of the hour to clarify our naitonal entity and to cultivate and awaken national sentiment and consciousness.
Our national entity is vast and boundless, so that it is feared the book has fallen short in the penning of its true significance.
In quoting passages from Kojiki and the Nihon shoki, we have followed in the main the texts of teh Kokun Kojiki and Nihon shoki Tsushaku, and in the case of teh names of the deities the Nihon-shoki.
Present day Japan and her ideolologies
Our country faces a very bright futute, blessed with a well-being that is indeed magnificent and with a very lively development abroad. Her industries are lively, her way of life has grown richiier, and the progress made in the cultural fields merits attention. From of old, Oriental culture, which fuinds its origi in in China and India, found its way into our country and was sublimated and fused into our"god-handed" national structure.
And since the days of Meiji and Taisho, the various phases fo our civilization have made remarkable strides through the introduction of modern European and American civilization. If one were to bring bakc to life today a Mannyo poest, whose culture was well-ordered, whose scholarship had made tremendous strides, adn whose ideology and culture had reached the highest peak in richness, he would very likey sing again:
How consicous am I of being alive--
A loyal subject of my Lord!
To think I live, when heaven and earth
Are full of glory!