Takanaga Tsutsumi lives a life close to Shinto. His mother’s family serves the Kumano-hongu Taisha shrine in Wakayama prefecture. After studying law at Tokai University, Tsutsumi decided to become a Shinto priest and took a one-year intensive ordination course at Kokugakuin University. He has served as a trainee at Meiji Jingu for three years. He plays the Hichiriki (small double-reed instrument).