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2017年 05月 13日

6 Feud with Tojo Kagenobu (1)

                      Japanese edition


The disturbance happened in the hometown of Nichiren of the whole area of the Seichoji temple in Awa country.

Brutal samurais blockade the door front of the temple.

Farmers shuddered.

Samurais and vassals got into the house of the farmer rudely and threw a rice-transplanting tool to outside.

"It was decided that this land was territory of Kagenobu Tojo who is our land steward".

Families of the farmer cry.

Vassals stand on each corner of the large fields with long sword.

The Tojo Kagenobu of the land steward sits down to a folding stool and is satisfied. He intended to occupy the fields of the Seichoji temple by military power at a stretch.

In this times, the friction did not die out by the boundary between the land steward who was a chief administrator of the Kamakura Shogunate and the existing feudal lord. Yoritomo Minamoto who established the Kamakura Shogunate gives orders to control the tyranny of land steward many times. But it was accompanied by difficulty to stop the desire of a samurai awakened to power.


Blinding sheets of rain poured into the roof tile of the Seichoji temple.

Nun O'ama and Dozenbo, the other priests, a village headman, farmers are gathering to the temple.

Everybody was tired from the frequent fight with Kagenobu, and people who gathered were not able to hide a resigned look.

"It is the demand to hold out the territory of the Seichoji temple and Futama immediately"

“Stupid! It is land of ancestors.He should not have the authority to take away land even if he is the land steward”.
"Nun O'ama. How is that we appeal to Kamakura. We who live in country do not have a method and can carry nothing out”.
The attitude of O'ama is weak unusually unlike an aggressive voice of the believers of the Seichoji temple.
"A lord of a manor is a government official of the Kamakura Shogunate. Even I cannot interfere in him”.
The husband of O'ama is said to be Tomotoki who is the younger brother in Yasutoki Hojo. He was influential branch family of Hojo, but cannot intervene to the head family partitioning off the Shogunate".
"Then, we cannot but swallow it, can we ?".
Weak Dozenbo of the mind watches a complexion around and considers.
"How is the method to appeal to Mt. Hiei for?".
Young Jokenbo reproved the teacher immediately.
"Teacher. Now is the world of the samurai family now. There is not it with the thing which comes true even if a priest protests them”.
Enchibo of the elder persuades Dozenbo.
“Lord Kagenobu does not say smashing this temple. It means that he manages the land of the temple while a little. We may cannot help receiving him contentedly if so”.
Enchibo suggested compromise. Can they not win against a crying child and a violent lord? It was dark, and the all members were depressed.
They heard a voice from the back at this time.

"Please wait a little, everybody”.
 When everybody turned around, Nichiren who attached a dripping wet rain wear stood.
 Farmers stood up with pleasure unintentionally.
 Jokenbo was pleased too.
 "Oh, priest Nichiren! I am glad to see you”.
 Gijobo beats the shoulder of Nichiren a little.
 "How are the propagation activities of Kamakura? Is there not troubled matter?”.
 Nichiren was smiling unlike the air of the place.
 "I have a trouble with procurement of the daily food, but I am living thanks to the offering from a new believer somehow."
 Nichiren took off a rain outfit and sat with his legs bent.
 "I've heard the discussion well. How does the policy intend to make?”.
 Everybody has fallen silent.
 Nichiren has begun to talk slowly after a time.
 "How about what we accuse at the High Court of Law?".
 All members looked up.
 “It is one of the duties of the Shogunate to supervise the tyranny of the land steward. If we, existing lord of a manor, appeal to the High Court of Law, it should be able to be settled”.
 Nun O'ama seems to be uneasy.
 "However, they are government officials of the Shogunate even if the High Court of Law. Is it expected that we win?".
 Nichiren stared at O'ama and talked.
 “As for this matter, we have justice. It is the land steward who have invaded the territory of the Seichoji temple. We can win if we appealed this to the front. In the first place there is not the method to protect the territory other than this”.
 One of the farmers muttered.
 "Must we go expressly to Kamakura?".
 Enchibo told Nichiren to look down.
 “It may be too optimistic that we appeal to the High Court of Law and win. The person good at a trial is not here.
 Besides, the trial takes money and time. What should we do when we lost? Nichiren, your thought might be light”.
 Nichiren looked around the believers of the Seichoji temple paying attention to him, and answered to them flatly.
 “I entered this temple in 12 years and trained myself. My parents received help from Nun O'ama, too.
 At any cost, I want to return your favor. What does everyone think about this?”.
 All members were lost in thought, but the farmer who went to the thatched hut of Nichiren spoke with a thick tongue.
 "We should appeal. It is the yes-men of the land steward all the time if we gave it up here”.
 The headman of village has begun to play along, too.
 “Yes, it's true!”.
 Everybody gathered surrounding Nichiren.


              continued to (2)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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