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The book is one of the major scholarly works of the Edo period, and laid the foundation of the Mito school and Kokugaku. It is heavily influenced by Confucianism, especially the later Neo-Confucianism under Zhu Xi. However, instead of focusing on the Chinese classics like other Confucian schools, it centered on the Japanese classics and Japan as a land ruled by the tennō (尊王論 sonnōron). This school of thought led to the Sonnō jōi movement, and eventually the Mito Rebellion against the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu period.