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2017年 05月 15日 ( 1 )


2017年 05月 15日

6 Feud with Tojo Kagenobu (2)

                 Japanese ver.


The beginning of court of the Kamakura Shogunate is from the own residence of Yoritomo Minamoto. Yoritomo prepared another entrance hall into the home and attached a sign board of the small "High Court of Law". It is the first court in Japan.

The place that appealed was not established before this. The trial remained a tyranny by the court noble of Kyoto. It was epoch-making that Yoritomo established the place of the trial.

However, it is not getting along.

Yoritomo was enthusiastic to settle anything by himself, but people having the suit at law counting on him increase remarkably and come over from the whole country. Disgusted by the shouts and arguments exchanged within his compound, Yoritomo ordered the relocation of the high court.


The High Court of Law of Kamakura is a formal building.

The entrance was crowded with a samurai and the farmers with the complaint.

There was a hall facing the garden.

There is the judge in the center, and a clerk is on his side. Furthermore, the government official watching progress at behind waits.

At first, the trial of this time was held by letter.

The defendant confronts a plaintiff by letter three times.

Finally, a confrontation was carried out in a court.

Nichiren wrote tyranny of Kagenobu in the letter of a suit and appealed to the High Court of Law. The High Court of Law hands this to Kagenobu. Kagenobu makes an explanation book and holds it out to the High Court of Law. The statement meant this. The High Court of Law hands this statement to the Seichoji temple side and lets them refute it. They performed this repetition to three times. It is the three suits and three explanations.

The High Court of Law performs only the examination of the letter. They do not check it in oneself even if they may be suspicious. If it is suspected, both the person who appealed and who was accused had to prove it by oneself. There is not the lawyer of the primary occupation like the trial of modern times. The High Court of Law called both sides last and let them make the oral proceedings and concluded a hearing in this way.

Nichiren was familiar with the law of the world such as Formulary of Adjudications besides study of the Law of Buddha. He used every text and wrote the complaint and refuted the statement of the lord of a manor.

On the other hand, Kagenobu intended going to pass it by force. He ruled over the fields of the Seichoji temple and was going to change the temple into the Nenbutsu sect. Therefore, he demanded support from Shigetoki Hojou of the consignatory (note) in aides of regent Tokiyori Hojou. Shigetoki is the strong believer of Nembutsu as the founder of Gokurakuji temple and was called Lord Gokurakuji. The influence power to the High Court of Law overwhelmed the Seichoji temple side.


Three suits and three explanations were over, and the day of the confrontation came.

Tojo Kagenobu appeared in the garden of the court. He is arrogant as ever.

“I was made to wait. The trouble is reflected on my work for the worthless appeal. It is the cursed nuisance.”

The executive officer touched both hands on the floor.

“Well, well! Lord Tojo, you came here specially. It was a tiring for you.”

The clerk told it.

“Next, each one of the Seichoji temple.”

Village headman of the Seichoji temple, farmers, Gijobo, Zhokenbo appeared. Finally, Dozenbo came out weakly.

The judge declares a start of the oral argument.

“We try you from now on about the territory of the Seichoji temple.”

Jokenbo of the Seichoji temple appears before.

“Originally the Seichoji temple is the Tendai sect. This is the historical temple existing before than the times of Lord Yoritomo. Kagenobu of the lord of a manor occupies it without permission, and it is the unlawful measure to recapture the attached fields. Law of Buddha is going to be cut off now. We demand that we control the offence of the lord of a manor promptly.”

Kagenobu argues.

“This Kagenobu is the person left the part of Awa to according to a direction of lord Kamakura. I understand the Seichoji that is a certain formality temple, but there is the problem in managing it.”

People of the Seichoji temple side trembled in anger and stared at Kagenobu.

“They do not obey various kinds of laws, and they seem to have less admiration for Nembutsu that most of Japanese believe in. Not only it but also the Buddhist priest who called Nembutsu the hell of the incessant suffering appeared. When it comes to this, as a lord of a manor keeping nearby land, I cannot leave them unattended. I judged that I should manage them under the samurais for around three years.”

The judge gives the Seichoji temple side an icy look.

“Is there the excuse for something by the resident?”

The village headman of the Seichoji glebe appeared.

“We lived by protection of the Buddhist priests of the Seichoji temple during these several hundred years. We farmers are not able to bear it if samurai becomes the new master…”

The village headman was startled and covered his mouth with his hand.

The judge caviled at his words.

“Not able to bear it…?”

Kagenobu burst into laughter.

The judge is disgusted.

“I am samurai, too. If it is the temple with many problems, a lord of a manor having high ability for peace and order should manage it. Besides Lord Kagenobu establishes the time limit of three years. The Seichoji temple may be reconciled with each other by the condition of this time limit.”

Jokenbo cried.

“A time-limited condition is the usual practice that a person to rule over uses!”

Gijobo was going to stand up too, but the village headman stopped him. After all, does the person bow before authority?

Kagenobu was convinced of winning the case and he flashed his smile. The superiority is clear.

The Judge nodded to Kagenobu.

“This judgment will be day after tomorrow”.

When the Judge was going to stand up, a voice broke out.

“Wait!”

The voice was of Nichiren.


             Continued to (3)


Life of Nichiren Part 1 contents


Note

the consignatory

Post of the Kamakura Shogunate. It is the aide of the regent and is located in the situation of “the vice-regent” substantially. It is the beginning that Yasutoki Hojo appointed Tokifusa Hojou of the uncle in 1224. Because he signed the official document of the Shogunate by a joint signature with the regent, it was called the consignatory. A system to suppress the runaway of the regent.




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