What My Pet Dog John Taught Me

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When I was a high school student, my pet dog, a collie dog, died. His name was John. The hair of his body was black and that around his neck and of his paws was white. John had been kept at another home for the first year of his life, and the family who kept him couldn’t afford to keep him any more, so he was about to be killed at a public health center, when my mother found him and brought him home.

  • paw 足
  • afford to~ 〜する余裕がある
  • be about to~ 今にも〜するところだ
  • public health center 保健所

John had been kept in a cage for a long time since he was born and hadn’t been walked, so his legs were very weak. I was surprised to see a dog for the first time who lost in a short-distance running race with a man. But he was calm and very clever. He was trained easily and kept well to what I said. I still remember that he would often be taken out with my older brother every night for jogging and returned home tired, trailing himself.

  • cage 檻
  • weak 弱い
  • short-distance running race 短距離走
  • calm 穏やかな
  • clever 頭がいい
  • train 訓練する
  • keep to A Aを守る
  • trail 引きずる

Because of malnutrition and poor exercise during his childhood, I suppose, his paws were suddenly crippled one day. It happened when it was about ten years since he came to my house. His collar was already taken off because he stayed in bed all day.

  • because of A Aのために
  • malnutrition 栄養不足
  • crippled 不自由な
  • collar 首輪
  • take off A Aを外す
  • all day 一日中

One day, when I was washing our family car, I felt a sign of something behind my back. Looking back, I found John sitting at my foot. It was about ten meters from his dog house to where I stood. John seemed to have walked there trailing his legs. He was looking me in the eyes lying on his stomach. Then his breath became more and more rough gradually. And gazing at my eyes he closed his eyes just after stretching his paws. It happened only within a few minutes after I noticed him standing behind me.

  • sign 気配
  • turn around 振り返る
  • seem to have pp 〜したように思われる
  • lie on one’s stomach 腹ばいになる
  • breath 呼吸
  • gradually 徐々に
  • gaze じっと見る
  • stretch 延ばす
  • notice 気がつく

There was some dignity about him during the last few minutes. What I perceived instinctively then was that I must not look away from his eyes. Because it occurred to me that it was his greatest happiness and a blessing to be able to die making eye contact with a human being. Strange to say, I was calm with composure then. The atmosphere of the spot may have made me so. Seeing nothing then, I felt something great was coming for him.

  • dignity 威厳
  • perceive 知覚する
  • instinctively 本能的に
  • look away from A Aから目を逸らす
  • occur to A Aの頭に思い浮かぶ
  • blessing 祝福
  • with composure 落ち着いて
  • atmosphere 雰囲気

Many people lose consciousness and die alone in hospital without seeing anyone at the last moment. John was able to pass away when I happened to be outside of the house, but I felt something great guided us to the situation. No sooner had he closed his eyes than I went for my family. My families were surprised to find that he moved on his own and had tears in their eyes, saying that he must have moved his body trailing only his front paws. Seeing his last year, I suppose that he must have suffered from a lot of physical pains all over his body but he always stayed calm and looked as if he accepted the present situations as they were like a seeker for truth. His physical body were full of pains but I think he lived his life to his heart’s content.

  • consciousness 意識
  • pass away 亡くなる
  • happen to~ たまたま〜する
  • guide 導く
  • No sooner had S pp than S’+V’ Sが〜するやいなやS’はV’した
  • tear 涙
  • suppose だと思う
  • suffer from A Aに苦しむ
  • pain 痛み
  • as if S+V あたかもSがVするかのように
  • seeker 求道者
  • to one’s heart’s content 思う存分

Human beings take it for granted that they can live with enough food, clothing and shelter and suffer distress lamenting for their wishes never being realized. Men and dogs are both creatures living between heaven and earth. I hear that the power of Original God will make the present vertical society, called “the age of the outer god”, which  has existed for the past thousands of years, the true horizontal and egalitarian society. The new age is to begin when every living thing faces God one to one. Both humans and animals have something great in their heart. I’m gonna live with nothing to be ashamed of, like John.

  • take A for granted Aを当たり前に思う
  • suffer distress 悲嘆にくれる
  • creature 生き物
  • vertical 縦の
  • outer god 外在神
  • horizontal 横の
  • egalitarian 平等の
  • one to one 1対1で
  • nothing to be ashamed of 恥ずべきものは何もない

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

Mr. Obama and the Multi Layered Future

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On today’s news show, a primary of the presidential election of the U.S. was being broadcast. It said that Mr.Obama, a black candidate, was fighting well against Ms. Hillary Clinton more than expected. Seeing a look of Ms. Clinton, I felt a little bit anxious, for women, driven into a corner, can go to extremes and make a dangerous decision due to their weakness.

  • primary 予備選
  • the presidential election 大統領選挙
  • broadcast 放送する
  • candidate 候補者
  • fight well 善戦する
  • feel anxious 不安になる
  • drive A into a corner Aを追い詰める
  • go to extremes 極端に走る
  • decison 決定
  • due to A Aのために
  • weakness 弱さ

As is clear from the history of America, Mr.Obama has to be careful not to be another Martin Luther King. If the worst case should happen, it would be regarded as a hate crime by a white supremacist and the truth would be suppressed. And after that, the U.S. would fall into a domestic conflict and a new candidate would stand for the presidential election and a re-election would be scheduled under the state of emergency. Then, the new candidate would win the election, whose initial name is… I’ve just dreamed about it.

  • regard  A as B AをBとみなされる
  • white supermacist 白人至上主義者
  • surpress 隠ぺいする
  • domestic 国内の
  • conflict 紛争
  • stand for A に出馬する
  • state of emergency 緊急事態

The person is a famous movie actor and has an experience of being a governor of a state. He and Ms. Clinton are both related to a certain common organization behind the scene. One would appear in the center stage of politics, and the other would be in the back stage. And by working in each stage in cooperation they would rule the U.S.

  • dream 夢想する
  • experience 経験
  • governer of a state 州知事
  • divide 分ける
  • rule 支配する

But if Mr.Obama accepts a demand from the underworld, the scenario will be changed. I hope the election will be held fairly so that the result will be otherwise. This is my fantasy. Writing like this becomes a factor of preventing its transcription into the World of Reality.

  • accept 受け入れる
  • request 要求
  • the underworld 裏世界
  • fairly 公正に
  • result 結果
  • otherwise 違ったふうに
  • fantasy 空想
  • prevent 防ぐ
  • transcription 転写

Today too

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

Mt.KuramaーA Secret of the Spiritual Dump Site

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For more than a thousand years the capital of Japan had been Kyoto(京都), where the Imperial Palace existed. If a lot of people live in a small area, the energy of emotions of the human beings, such as joy, anger, grief and pleasure or scream and cry, is accumulated there. If concentrated, unsatisfied thought energy turns into an evil spirit or a ghost and is attracted to a person who gives off the same kind of vibration. This is what is called possession.

  • the Imperial Palace 御所
  • capital 首都
  • emotion 感情
  • joy 喜び
  • anger 怒り
  • grief 悲しみ
  • pleasure 喜び
  • scream 叫び
  • cry  泣き
  • accumulate 蓄積する
  • unsatisfied 不満足な
  • concentrate 集中させる
  • turn into A Aに変わる
  • evil spirit 物の怪
  • monstrous creature 妖怪
  • attract 引きつける
  • give off A   Aを放出する
  • vibration 波動
  • possession 憑依

Unsatisfied thought energy is produced due to many causes like sexual love or money trouble. I feel Heian period and Meiji period were the times evil spirits were especially active. The Imperial Court put up the spiritual barrier of Taoism around the capital Kyoto to keep it safe. There was always a person who slayed evil spirits in Kyoto in every period. Of all those people, ABE no Seimei(安倍晴明) and Kukai(空海)  stood out. The magico-religious rites and prayers of the esoteric Buddhism of Kukai were based on Taoism.

  • due to A Aが原因で
  • sexual love 色恋
  • especially 特に
  • active 活発な
  • the Imperial Court 朝廷
  • Taoism 道教
  • slay 退治する
  • stand out 際立つ
  • the magico-religious rites 呪術
  • esoteric Buddhism 密教

A lot of waste is produced every day at the place where a lot of people live as we know it. There is a municipal dump site in the rural area where I live. It is in the valley and people dump various garbage into it. I hear that when the dump site gets full, it will be covered with soil and made into a park. If children, several decades from now, should play with sand in the park and dig deeply in the sandpit, they might find curious articles and get excited. But there might be horrible industrial wastes or deadly poisonous things among those things. A child might take one of the dangerous things to home carefully and hide it under the bed. If poisonous gas should leak out from it, it might cause damage to the other family members and the neighbors as well as the child himself.

  • as in A Aの場合と同様に
  • waste 廃棄物
  • dump site ゴミ捨て場
  • valley 谷
  • soil 土
  • decade 十年
  • dig 掘る
  • curious 珍しい
  • article 品物
  • horrible 恐ろしい
  • industrial waste 産業廃棄物
  • deadly posonous 致死的に毒の
  • harmless 無害の
  • cause damage 害を及ぼす
  • as well as A Aだけでなく

Well, ABE no Seimei and Kukai sent evil spirits they caught into a certain place in Kyoto and sealed it up. The place was like a prison for ghosts or a spiritual dump site. It was where negative thought energy of the people in Kyoto, which was a closed basin, gathered naturally because of the current of the magnetism of the earth. The people of those days felt the area to be gloomy somehow. So they came to call the mountain in the area “the Dark mountain” because it looked dark even in the day time. This is the spiritual derivation of the word Mt. Kurama(鞍馬山, the English word “dark” is pronounced as “kurai” in Japanese). It is located in the direction of Kimon(鬼門, the demon’s gate) , the northwesterly direction, of the center of Kyoto.

  • seal A up Aを封印する
  • prioson 牢獄
  • basin 盆地
  • gather 集まる
  • current 流れ
  • magnetism 磁気
  • feel A to be ~ Aを〜であると感じる
  • gloomy 陰鬱な
  • somehow なんとなく
  • come to~ 〜するようになる
  • derivation 由来
  • northwesterly 北西の
  • direction 方向

In recent years some visitors to Mt. Kurama who have never felt spiritual things before, digging up the dump site for ghosts, get excited saying something like “Oh, I can feel something! Feels great!!” This is because their skin is poisoned spiritually by touching the waste of the ghosts accumulated for more than a thousand years. Some ghosts are seized with sexual desire and others killed people for money. Being ignorant is really horrible. By the way, a gatekeeper stands at the dump site so that the waste won’t leak out. The gatekeeper, who is also an evil spirit, has been sent from the World of Hell(地獄界) by Purification God in order that he fights against other evil spirits in the dump site who try to get out of it. The form of the gatekeeper is that of a giant Tengu(天狗), a long nosed goblin.

  • dig up A Aを掘り起こす
  • poison  毒す
  • be seized with A Aに囚われた
  • ignorant 何も知らない
  • gatekeeper 門番
  • in order that S+V SがVする目的で
  • form 姿

What I have mentioned above is a relatively new event. It’s only about a thousand and several hundred years ago. In fact, the karma of this event was in the super ancient Japanese Archipelago. There was so mortal a combat as to change the from of the land between the extraterrestrials who eat human souls and the beings who nourish them. There are three spots in Japan where the former have been sealed up. One is Mt. Kurama(鞍馬山) and the second is Mt.Kurai(位山) in Gifu prefecture. Mt.Kurai is where evil spirits have been sealed up with the word Kurai implying “the Dark mountain.” And the third is a certain mountain where “balls are put.” There has been a custom in Japan since ancient times of worshiping an evil spirit who has been sealed up as a deity. So keep in mind that the idea of gaining some power by visiting a shrine or some place called a sacred place can be really dangerous.

  • mention 言及する
  • relatively 比較的
  • super ancient 超古代
  • Japanese Archipelago 日本列島
  • mortal battle 死闘
  • extraterrestrial  地球外生命
  • nourish 育てる
  • imply 暗示する
  • worship 祭る
  • gain 手に入れる
  • sacred 神聖な

Today too

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

On Kagamimochi

There seem to be many ways Kagamimochi(鏡餅), a round rice cake offered to a diety, is arranged on New Year’s Day depending on regions or households. This custom originated from a Shinto ritual, not a household, and came to be practiced among the folk. This custom is a deed for people to express gratitude to Sun God, Earth God and Sea God , enshrine them getting them together as one and “appreciate in advance” the favor they will receive from the three gods in the new year.

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  • offer 捧げる
  • diety 神
  • region 地域
  • household 家庭
  • originate 始まる
  • practice 行う
  • the folk 一般の人々
  • deed 行為
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • appreciate ありがたく思う
  • in advance 事前に
  • favor 好意

It is a secret ritual leading to God to express gratitude for what has not been realized yet. You can understand it well if you think about relationships with other people. For example, if your child were always asking you for an expensive present every time he/she sees you, what would you think? Parents will make such a judgement considering the child’s life attitude in everyday life. What if your child always takes care of you and says appreciative words? You would feel like helping the child. In the same way, you don’t have to pray to God for your detailed wishes. All you have to do is express gratitude to God in your daily lives first. If you do so, all things that you need will be given.

  • secret ritual 秘儀
  • realize 実現する
  • relationships 人間関係
  • expensive 高価な
  • every time S+V SがVするたびに
  • judgement 判断
  • life attitude 生活態度
  • take care of A Aの世話をする
  • appreciative words 感謝の言葉
  • feel like ~ing 〜したい気がする
  • in the same way 同様に
  • pray 祈る
  • detailed 細かい

During the first three days of the new year, shinto shrines all over Japan are crowded with people who try to use God, wishing “I want this! “, “I want you to achieve this!” Do you think God wants to be present at such a place? If you offer to God only gratitude for being kept alive, your thought leads to God much more effectively. God knows what you’re worrying about without your explaining it. And you, needless to say, don’t have to say your name or address to God. The very idea of trying to tell God about your problem in detail proves that you don’t believe in God. It is rude to the Almighty God.

  • be crowded with A Aで混雑している
  • achieve 叶える
  • present その場にいる
  • keep A alive Aを生かしておく
  • effectively 効果的に
  • needless to say 言うまでもなく
  • in detail 詳しく
  • prove 証明する
  • almighty 全知全能の

An orange put on the top of Kagamimochi stands for Sun God. I feel it used to be a kaki, a Japanese persimmon, but it’s OK if you use an orange instead. Omochi(お餅) is what the favor of Mother earth is compressed into.  It also can be said to be what the holy energy of Amaterasuohomikami(天照太御神)is comressed into. It is better that the shape of mochi is round like a mirror. And you can’t miss Konbu kelp, which stands for the favor of sea and Sea God. If you prepare these three, you can make a great Kagamimochi, which represents the traits of the deities, and call the holy energy into your house.

  • stand for A Aを表わす
  • instead 代わりに
  • compress 圧縮する
  • trait 特色

This year too

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

The Essence of Aikido ― To change the air of the spot into your own magnetic field.

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A woman who is a reader of this blog reported by mail that she won a gold medal in individual competitions of Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art. She said that she was fighting with gratitude to people who took care of her and when she was nervous she could calm down her emotions by repeating “I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su” in her mind. “I’ll try aikido next time,” she said.

  • individual competition 個人戦
  • Tai Chi 太極拳
  • nervous 緊張した
  • calm down A Aを落ち着かせる

She used to be far from strong physically and mentally. She went through difficult times when she was dependant on a spiritual being outside herself and she suffered from psychosomatic disorder( bulimia and vomiting) for many years.

  • far from A Aどころではない
  • physically 肉体的に
  • mentally 精神的に
  • go through A Aを経験する
  • dependent 依存した
  • psychosomatic disorder 心身症
  • bulimia 過食症
  • vomiting 嘔吐

To get some exercise is important for a person who is mentally weak and has a tendency toward depression. Women in this age might as well go to gym to keep fit mentally and physically than attend some womanly class. It is especially important that a woman over forty, conscious of her hormonal changes, make efforts to make her mind stable.

  • get exercise 運動をする
  • weak 弱い
  • tendency 傾向
  • depression 鬱
  • might as well~ 〜してもよいかもしれない
  • womanly 女性的な
  • effort 努力
  • conscious 意識して
  • stable 安定した

As for a person who has difficulty getting exercise, he/she should be conscious of it in daily lives, which changes the way of doing things and has a good effect on you. For example, when you’re standing, just to raise your heels a little becomes a good exercise.

  • as for A Aに関して言えば
  • have difficulty ~ing 〜するのに苦労する
  • raise 引き上げる
  • heel かかと

To be mentally stable, it is not enough to take exercise, of course. The best way to make your mind stable is a practice of holding a memorial service for your ancestors with gratitude in mind. The reader also said that she was able to win the gold medal because of a sense of security enhanced by the practice. She said she would want to learn Aikido next. Aikido is also a good way to develop Inner God.

  • memorial service 供養
  • ancestor 先祖
  • a sense of security 安心感
  • enhance 高める
  • Inner God 内在神

Speaking of aikido, Ueshiba Morihei(植芝盛平), the founder of aikido, has a lot of interesting episodes. Also it is significantly meaningful that he was associated with Deguchi Onizaburo(出口王仁三郎), a religionist, and Minakata Kumagusu(南方熊楠), a great scholor.

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  • speaking of A Aと言えば
  • founder 創始者
  • significantly 非常に
  • be associated with A Aと付き合う
  • religionist 宗教家
  • scholar 学者

The soul of Ueshiba Morihei comes from the World of Fierce Gods(鬼神) leading to Susanoo. Many masters of martial arts belong to the World of Tengu(天狗), a spirit taking on a form of a long nosed goblin, but his soul is superior to them. I don’t know anything about Aikido, but what I perceive from Mr. Ueshiba is that the essence of aikido lies in the ability to control the spot. Before a battle begins face to face, the outcome seems to be already decisive. Once you cover the spot with magnetism your spiritual body emits, you can beat the opponent, however you fight, because the spot is yours.

  • master 達人
  • superior 優れた
  • essence 極意
  • lie 在る
  • ability 能力
  • outcome 結果
  • decisive 決まった
  • magnetism 磁気
  • emit 放出する
  • opponent 対戦相手

In my spiritual vision, I can see him standing at the center of a circle of magnetic field with the radius of about three meters when he faces his opponent. I feel the magnetic field is flashing blue and red. If he makes such a magnetic field, even a gesture of seizing and flinging his adversary can make the opponent fall down without touching. This phenomenon is related to the state of Kannagara(カンナガラ), being with God, which is a kind of automatic drive, that you achieve when your Inner God develops. In such a state, you can avoid troubles unconsciously.

  • magnetic field 磁場
  • radius 半径
  • seize つかむ
  • fling 投げる
  • adversary 相手
  • fall down 転ぶ
  • phenomenon 現象
  • avoid 避ける
  • unconsciously 無意識に

By the way, my left ear can catch the sound nobody in this world can hear. When I’m asleep, while the ear catches the sound in another world, my acute sense seems to catch the sound around my body at the same time. During a trip, I was woken up by the sound of a cockroach walking on the ceiling at 3 a.m. I couldn’t bear it. So I turned on the light and struck it down quickly with a rolled newspaper. It all happened in a moment, when my wife, sleeping next to me, was awoken by the light and was about to scold. She sometimes remembers it even now and tells her friends about it, saying “What a strange guy!” lol

  • asleep 眠っている
  • while S+V SがVする一方で
  • acute 鋭い
  • cockroach ゴキブリ
  • bear 耐える
  • turn on A Aを点ける
  • strike A down 叩き落とす
  • strange guy 変な人
  • lol 笑

Today too

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

Hidden True Role of Japan

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Seeing  the history of modern age, I find that there have been several countries much more affluent than Japan including the U.S. But the U.S. , in particular, has invaded other countries or waged war to protect and sustain her affluence or to secure natural resources.

  • modern age 現代
  • affluent 豊かな
  • including A Aを含めて
  • the U.S. アメリカ
  • in partucular 特に
  • invade 侵攻する
  • sutain 維持する
  • secure 確保する
  • natural resources 天然資源

With all her wealth, the number of criminal cases has been increasing in the U.S. It seems that the affluence causes war and the crimes in the country. There seems to be no country whose people are satisfied materially and have high morality at the same time.

  • with all A Aにもかかわらず
  • cause 引き起こす
  • satisfied 満足している
  • high morality 高い道徳性
  • at the same time 同時に

The concept of the Japanese phrase, “Mottainai” was praised abroad recently. I heard that the concept is too hard to express concisely in other languages, and it takes a very long sentence to explain it. Seeing that this phrase was praised all over the world, any developed country knows the harmful effects of material civilization but they don’t know how to solve the problem.

  • concept 概念
  • praise 賞賛する
  • abroad 海外で
  • express 表現する
  • concisely 簡潔に
  • developed country 先進国
  • harmful effect 弊害
  • material civilization  物質文明
  • solve 解決する

The same kind of atrocious crimes have been increasing in Japan too just like she is following the other affluent countries of the world. Is Japan to follow them as it is? I don’t think so.

  • astocious 酷い
  • as it is そのまま

Though Japan is also an affluent country, there is a crucial difference compared with the others. The population of Japan is more than a hundred million and most of the people can enjoy essential utilities like water, electricity or gas and get education basically. And the economic disparity between the wealthy classes and the average people is very small in Japan compared with foreign countries. There seems to be a huge economic disparity in China and the U.S. more than the Japanese can imagine. The average income of the U.S. is not so large as we think.

  • crucial 決定的な
  • compared with A Aと比べて
  • population 人工
  • essential 基本的な
  • utility 公共設備
  • education 教育
  • economic disparity 経済格差
  • income 収入

The reason why Japan, the second (or third ?) biggest economic power in the world, can maintain the present situations is that there is an intention of God to achieve a certain aim, to have the inhabitants play some great role…

  • economic power 経済大国
  • maintain 維持する
  • intention 意図
  • achieve 成し遂げる
  • aim 目的
  • inhabitant 住民
  • role 役割

In the age when the earth was just born and was covered with lava and gas, there was a spiritual being bouncing and running about like solar corona trying to make the components of the surface of the earth as uniform as possible. This being stirred the surface of the earth. It looks like a blazing giant dragon. And this giant dragon stopped the activity and stood still, so that it was cooled and solidified― This is the Japanese Archipelago.

  • age 時代
  • cover 覆う
  • lava 溶岩
  • bounce 飛び跳ねる
  • run about 駆けずり回る
  • component 成分
  • surface 表面
  • uniform 均一
  • as ~ as possible 可能な限り〜
  • stir かき混ぜる
  • blazing 燃えている
  • giant dragon 巨龍
  • activity 活動
  • stand still 静止する
  • be solidified 固められる
  • the Japanese Archipelago 日本列島

Well, it seems that this giant dragon has awaken from a long, long sleep since the genesis of the earth and it wants the people on it to do some job. If the Savior appears, he is not an individual. It is Japan and her inhabitants that are the Savior. The important role to save the world has been prepared for Japan and her inhabitants by the World of Gods. What the role will be depends on whether or not we can wake up the natural spirits of the country. The words to wake up the gods of the land and her inhabitants are:

  • awake 目覚める
  • genesis 創世記
  • want A to~ Aに〜してほしいと思う
  • the Savior 救世主
  • depend on A Aしだいである
  • whether to~  ~するかどうか
  • natural spirit 精霊

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