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2018年 05月 05日

14. To the Nation Remonstrate, and the Persecution of Matsuba Valley (6)

              Japanese edition


The morning sun shined on the mountain pass.

The voice of the cicada is noisy in the mountains.

With Joninin the lead, a party of Nichiren advances and is drenched with sweat.

The rumor that Nichiren was burnt to death spread in Kamakura. Should leave before it is too late. If people of Nembutsu know his safety, it is definitely dangerous this time.

They overlooked Kamakura from the mountain pass.

Disciples wipe sweat dripping to a brow.

Nichiren made Kamakura a back and left for Shimousa.

Strong sunlight attacked them in the country road to Shimousa.

The fields are drying up.

Farmers plow by a hoe, but the soil does not have a response like sand at all.

They were tearing their hair out over seeing the seedling which died.

A drought began in the farm.

 The party of Nichiren goes the road while being careful of neighboring people. A pursuer might come. All members are bathed in sweat.

Daisinbo,one of the disciples, groaned.

“Will you not give me some water to drink?”.

Kyoninbo of the senior disciple blocked him.

“The water is precious. Hold out”.

They walked silently.


Kamakura either was under the blazing sun.

The sun of the midsummer glared down relentlessly.

Women bathed in sweat are going to draw water from a well in the town, but nothing remains even if they take down a pail deeply.

“The well has run dry too”.

Women were discouraged.

“This is beyond hope too, isn't it? I wish it would rain”.

“Nothing is good, is it? Only dead people go on increasing”.

“Did you hear? Prayer of praying for rain seems to being done by the priest Ryokan of Gokurakuji Temple”.

“With an order of lord Kamakura.

"But tell me. You shouldn't get your hopes up. That Buddhist priest does various things. He makes a road and cures a sick person. But is not it difficult raining by him?”.

“Seems to be good at the money-making, too. His paunch. Seems to eat a lot of delicacies”.

All members laughed, but they turned into a sigh immediately.


In the precincts of Gokurakuji Temple, people and samurais crowded.

The sun is glaring here too.The crowd was already sweaty.

Priest Ryokan came up and sat straight in the center of the temple grounds.

The estrade of the prayer is provided, and the statue of Amida is put there.

The golden bowl which water was poured into was put.

The priests of the black robe line up behind Ryokan. They sat straight to a plank spread on the temple grounds.

Priest Ryokan puts hands together and says grace to the statue.

“Nam-Amidabutsu, Nam-Amidabutsu…”

The other priests either chanted it in chorus. And the crowd prays, too.

Priest Ryokan sprinkled the water of the bowl to the statue in the middle of prayer.

A thunderhead swelled up in the azure sky at this time, and the sky darkened.

And sudden thunder sounded.

A crowd cheers with a rush.

One drop of rainwater declined to a robe of Rhyokan.

It rained gently in Kamakura before long.

A crowd exulted, and a voice of the admiration echoed.


        Continued to (7)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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