日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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2017年 02月 11日

1 Journey to Home (2)

                       Japanese version


The house ways began to continue.

Kamakura got closer. The crowds grew more and began to hear the voices of the goods sold.

A beautifully dressed girl appeared in front of Renchō.

She approached him with an open chest and an exposed foot.

She is a prostitute. Towari, also said. In this age, prostitute is a professional occupation. They always existed in the station town.

A scene of Odawara, a station town, is being devised in the travel memorandum A Trip to the Outback of Spring at the time.

“When we arrived at the end of the day, when we arrived at Sakawa 's inn, usual women and female fishermen invited us lively with young prostitutes.”

The place name of Sakawa is still in Odawara city, Kanagawa prefecture. When Renchō arrived, the woman forcibly invited her to the inn by pulling the customer's hand with the prostitute. It was a lively sight.

A cute daughter spoke to Renchō.

"A young monk, where are you going?"

Renchō answers.

“I am going to Kamakura.”

Young girl suddenly grasped Renchō's hand.

“Will you take me to Kamakura? My husband is in Kamakura. I have become such a status because of a serious reason, but as long as I enter the capital of Kamakura, I can return to the original couple. Please be with me. "
Renchō stared up and looked at the woman.

Kamakura is the capital of Japan. Security is severe. It was impossible for a prostitute to enter.

A woman opened her lovely lip

“Young monk, do you think that I am lying? "

An elderly woman appeared at the place and soothed the young woman.

“Hey. You must not tease the monk.”

The older woman apologized to Renchō.

“Excuse me. This woman has a hobby that wants to get along when watching a man.”

Renchō answered brightly.

“Please do not worry. I trained in the mountains for a longtime, so everything I see is unusual. I could not talk with women for a long time

The girls started to laugh.

“Well, how a funny monk "

He greeted and left.

The women who had been laughing until now greeted him and immediately caught samurai passing by and began to invite.


Renchō came to the entrance of Kamakura.

Kamakura faced the southern Pacific Ocean and was surrounded by mountains in the north, east and west, and it was a fortress-like land. In order toe nter Kamakura, people had to go through excavations that were cut deep.

The crowds are stopping at the entrance of the excavation.

A samurai guard is on the left and right of the entrance. They were ascertaining the people passing.

The samurai tried to block Renchō by a sword.

“Stop. What is your name?”

“My name is Zeshōbō Renchō, a monk from Seichō Mountain of Awa.”

“Awa? So, are you going to pass this Kamakura?”

“Exactly. I have been practicing for about 20 years, including Mt. Hi’ei. And I got Buddhism and I am about to return home to my hometown”

"What is the sect, of course Nembutsu?"

Renchō shook his head.

"Well, aren't you in a popular Zen sect among the samurai?"

Renchō shook his head again.

"Well, is this the Precept sect respected in Kamakura or is it Shingon sect recited by a noble monk?"

"No, it's all different."

Samurai doubted.

"Stupid, where the monks of the other sects are in this Japanesec ountry. Well, are you not you a fake monk? If that is true, I will not let you go through here. "

Renchō said with shining eyes.

"After 10 years of exercise, I was able to know the ultimate Buddhism. I'd like to express it in my hometown and reward my father and mother for my gratitude. "

"What is the ultimate Buddha method"

"It's just a word."

Samurai says.

"Words will be Namu-Amida-Butsu"
Renchō shakes his head again.
"It is a provisional teaching, not the teaching of the truth of theBuddha"
The samurai took hold of the sword strongly.
"You are ultimately a suspicious person, I can not let you pass."

Renchō who was passive stared at the samurai.

"A disaster will come to you unless you pass the person who tells the truth of Buddha's truth and prosper the country. If you do not mind, you need to prepare. "

Renchō and Samurai stared at each other.

The samurai would have tried Renchō. After this he smiled and passed Renchō.


Renchō entered Kamakura.
There is a market.
It was crowded with people there. Here, the townspeople exchanged essential items such as rice, cloth, birds, liquor with money.

Kamakura was as flourish as Kyoto since Yoritomo Minamoto decided this city as the capital.

The store is said to be the most crowded around 4 PM to 7 PM. It is the same also in the present age.

People who sell things are gathering beside the road.

People are peeping into it and walking.

A man whose upper body is naked and is sweating is driving a wooden cart.

Renchō passes through while watching this sight. Everything was fresh.

Materials showing the vibrancy of this city are left. Yasutoki Hōjō has issued rules of enforcement in Kamakura in 1240. He says to divide Kamakura into administrative districts, put a magistrate, and firmly ban them. It dates back from this day 13 years ago, when Renchō was 19 years old.

The content was about the crackd own on the following people.

1, About the thief
1, About travelers
I. About kidnapping
1, About rogues
1. About buying and selling on streets
1. About the narrowing of the road by the townspeople
1. Blind musicians and sumo wrestling in the street
1. Forced shopping

Kidnapping is to capture a woman on the street. It's a scary story, but it was frequently in Kamakura.

In the town, blind biwa player sings the Heike Story, a sumo wrestling took place in various places, a shop called Komachiya ordered goods at the shop front, narrow down the road, and buying and selling started everywhere, we can know the prosperity of big city. Isn't it interesting that it is forced buying, not selling?


He came to the port. It was the coast of Wakae.

A port suitable for the new capital was completed. There are about 50 large ships gathered there. There are dozens of small boats around it. Many workers are loading and unloading cargo busily.

There was a ceramic with brilliant colors. It is probably an imported item from China.

Renchō looked it interestingly.

" Record of Sea and Road " describes the prosperity of the Wakae coast at the time.

“When we come here for a while and sightseeing a little, the corner of southeast is a port where boats are gathered, and every merchant is crowded enoughto get tired of busyness. In the east, the west and the north, this place appears to be surrounded by high mountains and low mountains like a screen and decorates this place. "

It seems that the scene is visible.


Renchō headed east along the coast and reached the beach of Yui.

The author of " Record of Sea and Road " went down to Kamakura from Kyoto in April 1223 and returned to Kyoto in May.

It was a journey with a friend.

It seems that security was good at that time. Since 1223 is three years before Renchō is born, it seems that it is drawing Kamakura of that time almost precisely.

“We arrived at the beach in Yui around 5 pm. After a short break, looking at the beach, Yui's beach is crowded with hundreds of ships sharing a rope like a chain. The hustle and bustle is like Otsu of Lake Biwa. It seems to be Oyodo Town near Ise Shrine where so many people live in high density.

The sunset in front of the guard frame of the Holy Spirit Shrine. After this we passed through Wakamiya Boulevard and reached the inn.


                  Continued


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