The Hirata School in the late Tokugawa period reckoned Kada no Azumaro (1669–1736), Kamo no Mabuchi (1697–1769), Motoori Norinaga (1730–1801), and Hirata Atsutane (1776–1843) as the four major exponents of the Kokugaku Movement. The honour as its founder, however, would go to Keichū, a Shingon priest and scholar, who introduced a new academic standard for the study of ancient Japanese literature.
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