Tradition Shintô Musô Ryû Jô

About the name of our Tradition...

Shintô Shintô

Actually, the name of our Tradition is Shintô Musô Ryû or Shindô Musô Ryû, Shintô or Shindô meaning the Divine Way. The ideogram Tô/Dô can be pronounced both ways: Tô as in Shintô, the official religion of Japan, or Dô as in Jûdô. But the meaning of Shintô/Shindô has not always been so. In early scrolls (Densho), these two characters were different although they were pronounced in the same way, thus altering the meaning. The most frequently seen was the True Way.

The New Just was also used.


From the beginning of the history of our tradition, several branches existed. Some continued, others became extinct. At a time, there were up to five different stick traditions within the Kuroda Clan. These were known as Kuroda no Jô (the Stick of Kuroda).

International Jodo Federation
History of the Shintô Musô Ryû