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2018年 07月 26日

18. The Warning of Foreign Invasion Proves to have been Right (4)

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The government official of the Japanese side was astonished. It is being written, ‘Nobody would wish to use arms’. This is clear intimidation.

Mongolia thought that they ruled the world by power of heaven's god. They say to Japan that they should serve Mongolia according to the prescript of heaven.

The situation of the Eurasian Continent was known in those days in Japan. It was well-known in Japan that the descendant who began with Genghis Kahn had entirely dominated over a continent and built the large empire and neighboring Korai fought most energetically but lost and became the dependency. They either knew that emperor Kublai invaded China and defeated Soong empire and was cornering the Han race to the south.

In Kamakura, a ship of south Soong comes and goes. The transmission of the information is early.

Knew the strength of the Mongolia soldier too. The Japanese expected that the disaster of Mongolia extended to Japan by all means at first. Although Japan sandwich the sea, it is just a stone's throw from the continent. They could not help feeling the danger of the life. There were jitters in the base.

However, the emergence of Mongolia was someone else's problem after all.

Although the human beings keep tension at the beginning not to forget it when uneasiness increases, they come to evade it from the cause of the uneasiness over time. Feeling of strain is paralyzed unconsciously. At first, they said 'Mongolia might come' but the people's opinion had turned into' Mongolia would not come'.

For example, at the time of World War II, the United States decoded the code of the Japanese military authorities and guessed that Japan decided war with the United States. However, they did not even expect that Japan attacked far Hawaii on the sea.

In addition, in the present too, the United States expected sufficiently that Taliban caused terrorism inside the country. Therefore, the United States worked out necessary measures, but, they did not have even imagination that Taliban hijacked a commercial airplane to crash into the twin towers or the Pentagon of New York.

Nichiren alone foretold the foreign invasion in ‘the Treatise of Establishing the Correct Teachings for the Safety of the Nation'. But nobody believed. Far from not believing, the Kamakura Shogunate sentenced him to banishment to Izu.

The personal letter came there.

This news was a thunderclap to them. The uneasiness that a coming thing came to the country spread at a stretch.


Night Kamakura was fast asleep, but a torch did not disappear only at the place of Shogunate military headquarters even in the middle of the night. The sentry continues standing without moving an inch.

The wick of some put lamp shades was bright and burnt in the room of the regent of the hall. Central figures of the Shogunate gather. They are the regent Tokimune, Yasumori Adachi of the member of the supreme council system of policy decision within the Shogunate, Yoritsuna Tairano of the butler, Yadoya of the lay priest and others.

The letter of Kublai is put before Tokimune. The letter of Mongolia arrived at Kamakura on January 18, 1268.

“An indescribable letter came. I want to listen to all friend's opinion. Speak frankly”.

After having spoken it in this way in the beginning of the meeting, Tokimune closes eyes and crosses an arm and meditates.

Yasumori Adachi begins to talk.

“It is really a bolt from the blue. Trade with our Japan, and they say that otherwise they attack us. It is a serious situation. I think we should trade according to the request of Mongolia. We are not ready for the self-defense now”.

Yoritsuna Tairano was always arrogant, but he said carefully because this is called the situation of the national crisis.

“The enemy is Mongolia. I hear that they are the horse army corps which is beginning from Genghis Kahn. They are approximately equal with us in the inland even if we can suppress them in the seashore. It is a foregone conclusion that a country of Japan encounters harm of the war. Neighboring Korai lost by the fight of twenty years and left. As for them, the Crown Prince was held hostage as a symbol of the surrender, and it is said that the country has been filled with cranial bone”.

Yadoya Mitsunori of the aide followed. He is the person who passed on the treatise of Nichiren to father Tokiyori of Tokimune nine years ago. When Tokiyori was sick in bed, he was one of important people in Shogunate waiting near.

“This personal letter seems to be mere greetings. The messenger coming to Dazaifu seems to be friendly. We should hold Mongolia and diplomatic relations, and it is necessary to bring the profit of the trade to the Shogunate”.

Three people watched Tokimune.


         Continued to (5)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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