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2020年 07月 02日

1, Journey to Home (2)

                       Japanese version

The scenery of the plowed field broke off, and a row of houses came to continue.

Kamakura became near. The pedestrian traffic increased, too. The shout of the vender sounds.

The daughter who dressed up bewitchingly appeared. She exposes a chest and exposes a thigh and approaches Rencho.

It is a prostitute. She was also called 'towari'. In this period, the prostitute is respected occupations. They were in the inn town by all means.

The state in Odawara of the inn town is pictured in "the road of a spring deep mountain" of the then account of a trip.

“When a day went down, we arrived at the inn of Sakawa, but as usual, women and woman divers called to us in a loud voice with young prostitute”.

There is still the place name of Sakawa in Odawara city, Kanagawa.When the day went down, the Rencho arrived in Sakawa, but local women make noise to take the visitor with a prostitute forcibly as always. There is a lively scene.

A pretty daughter talked to Rencho.

"Hi, a young monk. Where do you go to?".

Renchō answers.

“I go to the country of Awa”.

The daughter took Rencho's hand suddenly.

“Will not you take me to Kamakura? My husband is in Kamakura. I have become this situation because of a serious reason, but if I enter Kamakura, I can return to original couple. Please with me ".
Even if Rencho get entangled in a harlot, he does not make a nasty face. He stared at the daughter in silence, and thought the future of this woman.

Kyoto is the base of the court nobility, Kamakura is a center of the samurai family. The public security is strict. It is impossible that a mere prostitute enters.

The woman opened the lovely lips.

“Buddhist priest, do you think that I tell a lie? ".
Then, an elderly woman appeared at that place and soothed the young woman.
“Hey. You must not tease the monk”.
The older woman apologized to Renchō.
“Excuse me. This daughter is having a hobby that wants to get along if watching a man”.
 Rencho smiled hearing the exchanges of the conversation of the people in the inn town for the first time in a while.

“Please do not worry. I am feeling all the things to watch are unusual because I had trained myself a long time in a mountain. I talked to a woman after a long absence”.

The women burst into laughter.

"Indeed!, what an honest Buddhist priest".

Rencho nodded and left.

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

Rencho came to the entrance to Kamakura.

Kamakura is facing the Pacific in the south, and the north and the east and west where the fortress-like land surrounded by mountains. Therefore, in order to enter Kamakura, people had to go through the excavated roads (note) which were dug deep as if one horse was able to barely go.

A crowd is in confusion at the entrance of the sunken road.

The samurais of the guard stood in right and left and checked the appearance of the passerby.

The samurai obstructed Rencho who was going to pass with a sword.

“Stop. What is your name?”.

“My name is Zeshobo Renchō, a monk in Seichō Mountain of Awa”.

“Awa? So do you intend to pass through this Kamakura?”.

“Exactly. I trained myself at various temples including Mt. Hiei during approximately 20 years. And I mastered the Law of Buddha and intend to return to the mountains in hometown”.

"What were the sects? After all, is it Nembutsu?".

Renchō shook head.

"Then, are you the Zen Buddhism that is popular among samurais now?".

Renchō shook head again.

"Well, are you religious precept sect of dear Ryokan who is praised in Kamakura recently? Or are you Shingon that a noble priest advocates?".

"I am neither of them".

Samurai doubted.

"It is stupid! Where the monks of these other sects are in this Japanese country? Well, are you not a fake monk? If that is true, I will not let you go through".

Renchō said with calm eyes.

"I was able to gain the ultimate truth of the Law of Buddha by the ascetic practices of twenty years. I preach it in the Seichoji temple of the hometown and would like to repay the favor of parents and the teacher".

"What is the ultimate Law of Buddha?".

"It is the Lotus Sutra".

The samurai says.

"What! The Lotus Sutra. I hear it for the first time. Is it not Nam-Amidabutsu?".

Renchō shakes his head again.
"It is a provisional teachings. It is not true teaching of Buddha".

The samurai grasps a sword.
"You are a more doubtful guy. I cannot let you go through".

Rencho watched samurai and he answered calmly till then, but spoke with strong condition to a samurai.

"If you do not let passing through the person who lead a nation to prosperity and convey the true teaching of Buddha and relieve people, you receive a punishment to Buddha, and the future life falls into the hell. If you do not mind, you need to prepare! ".

Renchō and samurai stared at each other.

Probably the samurai would have intended to attempt Rencho. He grinned and let Rencho go through.

Renchō entered Kamakura.
There is a market.
The road was crowded with people. Here, the townspeople exchanged necessities such as rice, cloth, birds, liquor, with money.

Kamakura was prosperous, so as to compete against Kyoto after Yoritomo Minamoto established the capital here. It is said stores were the most crowded around 4 pm to 7 pm. It is the same as the present day.
People who sell things are gathering beside the road.

People are peeping into it and walking.

Sweaty men dressed in the loincloth pull the carriage which loaded timber on the street.

Rencho walks to see this scene. Everything was fresh.

The historical materials that the gaiety of this town can imagine are left. Yasutoki Hojo promulgates a rule of the control in Kamakura in 1240. He says to divide Kamakura into administrative districts, put a magistrate, and firmly ban them. It was 13 years ago, Rencho was 19 years old at that time.

This content was to supervise the next people.
 1. Burglar.
 2. Traveler.
 3. Kidnapping.
 4. rascal.
 5. Buying and selling at a street and the crossroads.
 6. Narrowing an alley.
 7. Sumo at crossroads, and the blind musician of the street corner.
 8. Forced purchase.

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

In the town, the blind biwa player sings the He'ike Story, a sumo wrestling took place in various places. A store called Komachiya displays goods in the storefront and narrows a street, and buying and selling are started anywhere, we can imagine the prosperity of the big city. Isn't it interesting that it is forced purchase, not by selling?

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

A port suitable for the new capital was completed. Approximately 50 big boats are crowded. Dozens of small boats cluster around the side.

A large quantity of worker takes down a load from a ship busily.

There were the ceramics that a color was fresh. It will be import goods from Chinese Soong.

Rencho looked at it without getting tired.

"The record of sea and road" writes down the prosperity of the seashore of then Wakae.

“When we look, the corner of southeast is a port where boats are gathered, and every merchant is prosperous as getting tired of busyness. In the east, the west and the north, this place is surrounded by high mountains and low mountains like a screen and seems to decorate this land".
It seems that the scene is visible.

Act of god of the horseback archery was carried out in the open spaces in a city.

A crowd crowds until the verge of the passage of the horse.

The samurai who dressed up elegantly ran on a horse and he drew an arrow to the full and shot a mark wonderfully.

The cheers of people happen all at once.

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. It is thought the record was exactly picturing a state of then Kamakura approximately because describing it three years ago in 1223 when Rencho was born.

“We arrived at the beach of Yui at about 5:00 p.m..

After a short break, looking at the beach, the Yui beach is crowded with hundreds of ships sharing a rope like a chain. The lively scene resembles a sight of Ōtsu of Lake Biwa. A large quantity of numerical densely populated panorama is like the town of Ōyodo that is near to the shrine of Ise. After the sunset in front of the gate of the Holy Spirit Shrine, we passed through Wakamiya Boulevard and reached the inn”.


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents


The Excavated Road

The photograph is the sunken road of Nago'e, one of the seven sunken roads of Kamakura.

1, Journey  to  Home (2)_f0301354_23541425.jpg

horseback archery (Yabusame in Japanese)


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