FAQ 8

Question:

With regard to the family home of my mother, I heard the people who takes care of their tombs have died out. I’m concerned about the ancestors of my mother’s family home, and I feel like holding a memorial service for them using another Tanzaku(短冊、a kind of memorial tablet made from paper). You would say that the third incense sticks offered would take care of them, but can I do it myself ? Because I’m anxious about it somehow.

  •  with regard to A Aに関して
  • family home 実家
  • die out 絶える
  • be concerned about A Aについて心配している
  • feel like~ing 〜したい気がする
  • be anxious about A Aについて案じている
  • somehow どういうわけか

Answer:

You had better hold a memorial service with the surname you’re now using. It is not until you make your direct ancestors relieved and satisfied that you can save other spirits of your relatives. A family line which is to die out has its own karma. If you try to interfere with it forcibly, you may receive the reaction. The doom has been fixed over a long time, so no one can stop it and no one is to blame. So, you should relieve your ancestors first, and then other spirits of your relatives so that your family line the name of which you’re now using won’t die out.

  • had better~ 〜した方がよい
  • surname 氏名
  • It is not until S’+V’ that S+V
  • direct 直接の
  • be relieved 安堵する
  • be satisfied 満足する
  • save 救う
  • relative 親戚
  • interfere with A Aに干渉する
  • forcibly 無理に
  • reaction 反動
  • doom 不運
  • be to blame 責められるべき
  • so that S+V SがVするように
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