Questions and answers (37)-(39)


Question 37:

In my home Buddhist altar there are some private Ihai(位牌), a memorial tablet, with a posthumous Buddhist name on it. There are as many as two tablets for a suicide among them, so I have been worried about it. Should I get rid of all of them?

  • Buddhist altar 仏壇
  • private 個人的な
  • posthumous Buddhist name 戒名
  • suicide 自殺者
  • worried 心配している
  • get rid of A Aを取り除く


It is good to reduce those memorial tablets to one on which  “a place for such and such family’s ancestors’ spirits” is written. But you should not get rid of all of them at once, but wrap them in a white cloth and put them in a drawer of your Buddhist altar, or arrange some private memorial tablets at the back in the Buddhist altar and ancestors’ memorial tablets at the front. Then after years have passed, you should dispose of them. This kind of acts means to go through proper procedures of previous notice of executing it for the spirits.

  • reduce 減らす
  • at once 一度に
  • cloth 布
  • drawer 引き出し
  • arrage 配置する
  • dispose of A Aを処分する
  • proper 適切な
  • procedure 手順
  • previous 事前の
  • notice 通告
  • execute 実行する

Question 38:

What do you think of a right wing idea? I wanna know what god or Kenzoku(眷属) has to do with it.

  • right wing idea 右翼思想
  • have to do with A Aと関係がある


Behind a person with such idea there are often spirits who used to be a military man and can’t rest in peace. In general, a right wing idea is often associated with Shinto or the imperial family but this is not true. It has nothing to do with those. It’s a shame.

  • millitary man  軍人
  • rest in peace 安らかに眠る
  • be associated with A  Aと結びつけて考えられる
  • the imperial family 皇室
  • have nothing to do with A Aと何の関係もない
  • shame 残念な事

Question 39:

If a memorial service for ancestors is held at the head family, does the effect reach a branch family?

  • head family 本家
  • effect 効果
  • reach 達する
  • branch family 分家


The effect of a right memorial service reaches branch families, but it is important that the services are held at each branch family. The fact that a head family practices it doesn’t mean branch families don’t have to do it. Because all offsprings are connected with their ancestors one on one, it is necessary for each one to practice it. Since the righteous guardian spirits in the World of Reality are ancestors, offsprings who don’t hold any memorial service for his/her ancestors are likely to live an unfortunate life.

  • don’t have to~ 〜する必要はない
  • offspring 子孫
  • be connected with A Aと繋がっている
  • one on one 1対1の関係で
  • necessary 必要な
  • righteous 正当な
  • guardian spirit 守護霊
  • be likely to~ 〜しそうである
  • live a ~life 〜な生活を送る
  • unfortunate 不運な

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