Okada, Shumeis founder, also known as meishusama,
was born into a life of extreme poverty and hardship in
1882. From early youth, he had a profound affinity for
beauty and studied to be an artist until failing eyesight
forced him to leave school. His early years were filled
with sickness, disappointment, and personal tragedies.
Yet, despite the odds that were set against him, he overcame
adversity and became a successful businessman, poet, philosopher,
art connoisseur and collector, naturalist, and spiritual
In 1926 an aspect of the Divine, known in
Japan as Kannon, began to manifest itself in Mokichi
Okada and two years later he left his business to devote
himself entirely to spiritual pursuits. On June 15,
1931, he journeyed to Mount Nokogiri where he received
a revelation of his role in the transformation of the
world from darkness to Light.