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2019年 03月 24日

33. Nichiren Receives the Second Banishment to the Island of Sado.

  Japanese edition


The Shogunate vassals gathered in the large hall of Kamakura military headquarters, and an uproarious dispute began.

It is about disposal of Nichiren.

Tokimune Hojo in the center of the hall closed his eyes and crossed his arms. It looked like he was at a loss obviously. Could not decide how he would treat Nichiren.

Yoritsuna and Yasumori cursed each other as if grabbing in front of him.

Yasumori says aloud.

“Forgive and adopt Nichiren. These are selfish acts of you!”.

Yoritsuna objected.

“No, we should cut him. I only acted in charge of military headquarters this time. My conscience is clear!”.

The hall is noisy, and a heated argument continues.

Then Hojo Nobutoki suggested it.

“How about that one. Nichiren said that a war would occur during one hundred days. How is everyone's view on that we will wait for it?”.

Some vassals look puzzled. There was even the person laughing.

Yasumori put his hands on the floor, in front of Tokimune.

"My lord, we pardon Nichiren and should protect him. I hope you will forgive him”.

Yoritsuna breaks into a conversation.

"My lord, we will regret in the near future if we do not cut the neck of Nichiren. The Shogunate falls into danger if do not silence him”.

Hojo Tokimune still was closing his eyes.

An attendant came over in a hurry there.

“There is turning into the fire now in three places of Kamakura! It seems to be arson!”.

All members made noise, and the vassals left in a hurry.

Yoritsuna informs Tokimune.

“Arson and murder are already happening in succession in Kamakura.It is all the act of the Nichiren's remnants”.

Yasumori disturbed him.

“Nonsense! Without evidence. It is a deep-laid plot!”.

Yoritsuna submitted documents. A large quantity of person's name was written in there.

“I have already put 260 people of the Nichiren's sect on the wanted list”.

"Good God, sir".

Yoritsuna continues it disregarding Yasumori to be disgusted with.

“Of these, it is thought that the territory confiscation or Kamakura exile is proper as for the person who does not abandon a Lotus Sutra”.

Yoritsuna intends to destroy the Nichiren sect by careful preparation and trap.

But Tokimune said as though he has been not hearing it.

“Predict”.

Yasumori and Yoritsuna watch each other's faces unexpected unintentionally.

"Summon the Yin Yang fortune-teller".

The Yin Yang fortune-teller appeared with a form full of dignity. He began divination in front of Tokimune before long.

The power of the then Yin Yang fortune-teller is great. The Yin Yang fortune-teller predicts the good and bad luck of things and advised a statesman.

He let people rouse attention regardless of a trifle and a serious matter. The articles to tell the future insufferably come out of signs of astronomy and ominous happenings to "the Mirror of the East".

All members watched the Yin Yang fortune-teller with breathless interest.

After a while the Yin Yang fortune-teller was surprised suddenly and shuddered. 'The various acts of the votary of the Lotus Sutra' say,


“This country will fall in state of awful disorder, it is because this Buddhist priest incurred lord's anger. I cannot predict what kind of miserable matters happen in the world if we do not pardon and adopt him!”.


Must never punish Nichiren. The Yin Yang fortune-teller supported Nichiren.

Yasumori exulted. On the other hand, Yoritsuna is unsatisfied.

After long silence, Tokimune spoke with a thick tongue.

"Banish Nichiren".

"Where to?".

"To the Sado island in northern sea".

Sado is a solitary island in the mid-ocean in those days. It is equal to the present South Pole and North Pole. Returning alive was hopeless.

Though Yasumori was pleased temporarily, he heard the Sado banishment and was discouraged. Yoritsuna was working out the next countermeasure.


Continued to ‘Nichiren bequeaths a warning to disciple’.


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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