Do not Separate The Dead from God

In India, where Sakyamuni was born, there has been no custom of building gravestones since ancient times. They burn dead bodies and throw the ashes into the sea. It’s natural and reasonable that living things that were born on the land return to the sea because all creatures were born in the sea in ancient times and moved onto the land. I feel the custom of the deceased returning to the sea through the river reflects the world view of Shinto. There is no tomb in India, while a lot of tombs in Japan, the final destination of Buddhism.

  • custom  慣習
  • gravestone 墓石
  • reflect 反映する
  • world view 世界観
  • destination 目的地

Sakyamuni wouldn’t understand any Japanese Buddhist rituals for the dead. He doesn’t even know the Buddhist sutras written in Japanese at all. He would be surprised to hear Buddhist monks chanting them because they are meaningless, phonetic equivalents. Almost all of Buddhist sutras were made up hundreds of years after he passed away.

  • ritual  儀式
  • meaningless  意味のない
  • phonetic equivalent 当て字
  • pass away 亡くなる

Buddhists, however, believe in Buddhism or Buddhist scriptures just because they believe in Sakyamuni. The truth is the Japanese Buddhism lacks spiritual ground. They bury the dead under the name of Sakyamuni on the basis of Buddhist scriptures he doesn’t know, which is horrible. It’s no wonder they can’t send the deceased to the other world in the right way.

  • lack 欠く
  • on the basis of A Aに基づいて
  • horrible ひどい
  • no wonder 驚きではない
  • the other world あの世

Well, how did Japanese people treat the dead before the Buddhist custom of building gravestones diffused all over Japan? I feel that people in those days used to put dead bodies on the ground away from their houses and covered them with earth. When someone dies, they lay the dead body next to another and cover it with earth. If the space for the dead bodies reaches its limit, they put them onto other ones. As the result, the accumulation of dead bodies became like a small hill, which is the prototype of ancient tumuluses for the Emperor. A huge tumulus like a small hill was built for each emperor and its form was the result of accumulation of interments.

  • treat 扱う
  • diffuse 広まる
  • earth 土
  • limit 限界
  • prototype 原型
  • tumulus 古墳
  • interment 土葬

Japanese people in ancient times believed that death is returning to nature, and that the deceased become part of nature, or God. The essence of Shintoism is offering gratitude to Great Nature(=God)that gives them everything. So they offererd gratitude to the dead, too. This is why they devoted the magnetism of gratitude to ancestral spirits on a stated day or in a stated season in accordance with the movement of the sun.

  • essense 本質
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • stated 決まった
  • ancestral 先祖の
  • accordance 一致

Modern Buddhism is very costly and perform unnecessary rituals. It’s a shame that they lack the point of view, or the deeds, of offering gratitude to the dead. I hope all Buddhist sects adopt rituals that express gratitude to the dead and hold rituals at local temples to pray for the repose of the deceased. It’s unavoidable that Buddhist temples are dependant on  contributions from local people for their living expenses. I think it’s necessary for them to conduct activities based on their conscience so that local people can contribute to the temple of their own accord.

  • costly お金がかかる
  • unnecessary 不必要な
  • shame 残念な
  • deed 行い
  • conscience 良心
  • contribute 献金する

It was a mistake for Shintoism to hand over its role to hold funerals to Buddhism. Since Shintoism separated the dead from God due to the concept of impurity, Shintoism has lost its true ancient spirituality. I think Shinto Shrines have developed in such a way that they keep God to themselves and treat God as if God were a patented article.

  • hand over A Aを手渡す
  • funeral 葬式
  • impurity 汚れ
  • keep A to oneself Aを独り占めする
  • patented 特許を取られた

As more and more schools of Shintoism make up their original prayers, they have come to be self-assertive. Such prayers are meaningless for God. Ohara-e-no-kotoba(大祓詞) is the only prayer that reaches the World of Gods. It’s important to restore the deeds of offering gratitude to both God and the dead without separating them.

  • prayer 祝詞
  • self-assertive 独善的な
  • offer 捧げる
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

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Unconditional Love is Too Big to Recognize

You are living in this World of Reality. This fact itself is a miracle and it proves that God exists. People die easily. When I was an elementary school child, I would often catch frogs and crayfishes to keep them in a glass tank at home. I could keep them alive for only a few months. I let them die over and over because of my lack of knowledge. In the glass tank(=a universe), only death occurred, not birth. I was not God for the creatures.

  • miracle  奇跡
  • prove 証明する
  • exist 存在する
  • crayfish ザリガニ
  • lack 欠如
  • occur 起こる

How about this World of Reality? Creatures are born, grow up, give birth to their children and die, and the children grow up, give birth to their children and die. The cycle of life and death goes on and on without any breaks. Especially humans try to live as long as possible. Some people take these for granted and think that everything is a product of chance. But it’s easy to deny them, for the modern science shows that there is no such planet as the earth in the universe. The planet earth is quite rare. The Great Creator is watching over it.

  • give birth to A Aを産む
  • go on 続く
  • break 中断
  • especially 特に
  • product 産物
  • chance 偶然
  • deny 否定する
  • rare 珍しい

Birth of a baby is a miracle, but the fact that the baby grows up for a few years after the birth is also a miracle because a baby can’t live without any assistance from others. That is, there was unconditional love there. You all experienced, and have been experiencing, miracles. Unconditional love of God, who keeps alive all creatures and the earth, is too big to recognize. It’s beyond the cognitive capability of human beings. The affectionate ruler,or God, will be satisfied to see human beings trying to live between heaven and earth through good times and bad.

  • go through A Aを経験する
  • assistance 援助
  • unconditional 無条件の
  • recognize 認識する
  • cognitive 認知の
  • affectionate 愛情深い
  • satisfied 満足して

As long as you live, you are destined to experience things associated with sex, aging, illness and death. All of them are hints for developing your conscience. In the profound sense, there is no misfortune in this world, for everything passes and changes for sure. There’s nothing to be afraid of. After death, unfair things that happened to you never fail to turn into fortunate ones because of a universal law that makes the accounts of good and bad balance.

  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • destine 運命付けられて
  • related 関係した
  • hint ヒント
  • develop 大きくする
  • conscience 良心
  • misfotune 不幸

A life comprises both this world and the other world. Perfect good is implemented. The bigger changes in life, the happier and more joyful you feel. All you have to do is be grateful to God every day after all.

  • comprise 〜から成る
  • joyful 楽しい
  • grateful 感謝して
  • afer all 結局は

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Diary on a Trip to Ise and Mt.Hakusan – PART 11

Standing in front of the main building of Hakusan Chukyo Shrine(白山中居神社), I felt spiritual vibrations of ancient deities. They were those of Izanagi(イザナギ) and Izanami(イザナミ)or of the whole mountain. In large shrines that have fain in Mt.Hakusan, rituals for Izanagi and Izanami are performed. It was in the later years that Kukurihime-shin(ククリヒメ神)was added to the main deities Izanagi and Izanami. Originally, Hakusan Shrines were shrines where only Izanagi and Izanami were worshipped.Kukurihime-shin had been concealed for a long time as the secret deity who harmonized her parents, Izanagi and Izanami.

  • ancient 古代の
  • whole 全体の
  • ritual 儀式
  • originally 元々は
  • worship 崇拝する
  • conceal 隠す
  • harmonize 調和させる

According to Japanese myths, Izanagi and Izanami gave birth to all deities belonging to Amatsu-kami (天津神)and Kunitsu-kami(国津神) and produced the land of Japan. However, just as Izanagi and Izanami are not especially worshipped in Ise Grand Shrine, most present shrines that worship deities belonging to Amatsu-kami don’t make much of them.

  • myth 神話
  • give birth to A Aを産む
  • produce 生み出す
  • make much of A Aを重要視する

In the present shinto shrines, various rites and rituals are performed not with Izanagi and Izanami being the main deities but with Kukurihime-shin being such. In Hakusan shrines, in contrast, Izanagi and Izanami have been worshipped as their main deities since ancient times. It can be said that Mt. Hakusan is the mountain where Izanagi and Izanami still rest.

  • rite 儀式
  • in contarast 対照的に
  • ancient times 古代
  • rest 鎮る

Then I went to a small shrine on the right side of the main building where Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami was worshipped, when I got the same vision of a sundisc as the one I get in Ise.  And at another small shrine whose main deity was Ninigi shin(ニニギ神), I felt the same kind of holy energy. Also, at a small shrine near the entrance of Hakusan Chukyo Shrine whose main deity was Sarutahiko-shin(猿田彦神), I sensed a holy energy.

  • sundisc 日輪
  • entrancce 入り口
  • holy 神聖な

Such a shrine is rare in that all small shrines in the precincts are active. Though there are a lot of shrines whose main deity is Ninigi-shin all over Japan, this was the first one where I could feel the holy energy. It is unfortunate that most of them have become so polluted with visitors’ energy of greed that I can’t feel any holy energy there.

  • rare 珍しい
  • in that S+V SがVするという点で
  • unfortunate 残念な
  • pollute 汚染する

Hakusan Chukyo Shrine is where all stars of deities who descended to earth in ancient times, which is called Tensonkorin(天孫降臨), including Izanagi and Izanami, still reiside and rest. It can be the main stage for the second Tensonkorin. It is interesting that Geku(外宮) of Ise Grand Shrine and Hakusan Chukyo Shrine were both founded during the reign of Emperor Yuryaku(雄略天皇). I feel that here lies the divine will of Kuni-tama(国魂), the guardian deity of a country who steers the state behind the scenes.

  • descend 降りる
  • including A Aを含めて
  • found 創建する
  • reign 治世
  • divine 神の
  • behind the scenes 背後から

As the line between Mt.Hakusan and Ise on which holy energy falls “opens up,” this shrine will be more and more famous. It is when a lot of people visit this shrine and Ise that these places are spiritually connected and a new door of the World of Gods will open. This is what was designed by God a long, long time ago. When this happens, all conflicts will be resolved in harmony, such as conflicts between Amatsu-kami and Kunitsu-kami, nations, people, family members and so on.

  • famous 有名な
  • connect 結び付ける
  • conflict 争い
  • resolve 解決する
  • harmony 調和

It seems that intervention from the future into the present is needed for children of the future to be born. This has to do with the advent of UFOs, which suggests the intervention from the future. In Japanese myths, Kukurihime-shin disappears suddenly after mediating the quarrels of her parents, never to appear. After her disappearance, a lot of deities were born. That is, she came from the future beyond time and space to save her parents. This is the reason she had to disappear.

  • intervention 介入
  • have to with A Aと関係がある
  • advent 到来
  • disappear 姿を消す
  • suddenly 突然
  • mediate 仲裁する

If you can afford to make a round trip between Ise and Mt.Hakusan, you may be the one that came from the future with the mission to harmonize human beings. I want you to do this with care as a representative for those who cannot afford to or all human beings.

  • can afford to~ 〜する余裕がある
  • round trip 往復
  • mission 使命
  • representative 代表

Even If you cannot afford to for some reasons, there’s no problem. All you have to do is cleanse your spiritual line and remind yourself of gratitude, which contribute to the world. It’s also important to visit the shrine of your birthplace and a shrine near your house. But remember, when you do these, you must do it by yourself or with your family, not in a group, because doing them in a group doesn’t meet the will of the gods.

  • cleanse 浄化
  • contribute 貢献する
  • brithplace 生まれた場所
  • by oneself 一人で
  • in a group 集団で

After this, I visited Nagataki Hakusan Shrine(長滝白山神社) and Shirayama Hime shrine(白山比咩神社) and completed this trip to Ise and Mt.Hakusan finally. Now I feel everyday that I’ve become much younger in body and in mind.

  • complete 終える
  • finally とうとう
  • in body and in mind 心身ともに

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Diary on a Trip to Ise – PART 9

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When I was in my early twenties, I would often go to Mt. Miwa(三輪山)in Nara prefecture, Takinohara-miya shrine(瀧原宮), and Geku(外宮) of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮), riding on my medium-sized motorbike.

  • would often~ よく〜したものだ
  • motorbike バイク

There are two important lines of the solar orbit in Japan in terms of the sun worship. One is the straight line between Ise Grand Shrine and Awaji Island. The holy energy fell on this line about 3000 years ago, when the present Japan civilization rose.

  • orbit 軌道
  • in terms of A Aの観点から
  • civilization  文明
  • rise  興隆する

Nara on this line became the center of politics and the Japan civilization started. On this line, along which the sun moves from Ise through Awaji Island to Izumo Taisha Shrine(出雲大社), a lot of dwelling places of deities and sites for the sun worship were built in ancient times.

  • center 中心
  • politics 政治
  • dwelling 住居用の
  • deity 神

Though this Ise-Awaji line functioned well until the end of Showa era, it was replaced with the straight line between Ise and Mt.Hakusan as the line on which holy energy falls at the beginning of Heisei era.

  • function 機能する
  • replace 取って代わる

The sun orbit is “the heavenly line,” while “the earth line” related to the energy of underground  still lies between Ise and Awaji Island. When the earth line moves, a big earthquake will occur at dawn.

  • haevenly 天の
  • related 関係した
  • occur 起きる
  • dawn 夜明け

This important line between Ise and Mt. Hakusan is beginning to wake. However, the truth is, before the Ise-Awaji line began to function, the Ise-Hakusan line had been functioning for a long, long time. The civilization at that time had been gone and is  unknown. The Ise-Awaji line and the Ise-Hakusan line have been playing the main role by turns through civilizations. The content or characteristics of a civilization changes depending on which of the lines plays the main role.

  • wake 目覚める
  • be gone なくなる
  • unknown 未知の
  • by turns 代わる代わる
  • content 中身

While the Ise-Awaji line is related to the material world, the Ise-Hakusan line to the spiritual world. The Sengu ritual(遷宮)of Ise Grand Shrine where all the buildings are replaced with new ones every twenty years symbolizes this change of the heavenly line.

  • material 物質的な
  • relatead 関係した
  • every ~ years 〜年毎に
  • symbolize 象徴する

I visited Takihara-no-miya shrine for the first time in twenty years. The impression I got this time was very different from that I got in Showa era. It looked very slimmed-down. A typhoon might have reduced the number of giant trees around the shrine. The approach to the main building of the shrine used to be dark and there used to be a lot of sprites of trees in the holy place of the shrine.

  • for the first time in ~ years 〜年ぶりに
  • slimmed- down ほっそりした
  • recude 減らす
  • sprite 妖精

Takihara-no-miya shrine was used by Yamato-hime-no-mikoto  (倭姫命)as a transit point when she went to and returned from Mt. Miwa and Ise. The shrine still reminds me of ancient affairs. As the Ise-Hakusan line replaces the Ise-Awaji line, the shrine will cease to be active quietly.

  • transit point 中継地点
  • remind A of B AにBを思い出させる
  • affairs 出来事
  • active 活発な

What impressed me most during this trip to Ise is how important mutual concessions are. Old roadways in Ise and those in the town near the beach are very narrow. I gave way to others on the road again and again. I went on the mountain paths, too, but I could get back safe and sound.

  • impress 感銘を与える
  • mutual 相互の
  • concession 譲歩
  • roadway 街道
  • narrwo 狭い
  • give way 道を譲る
  • safe and soud 無事に

I thought of this experience in Ise as a divine message that although the world would go on a difficult path, mutual concessions between nations could iron out all the world problems after all.  I thought I could go back home and rest, but …

To be continued.

  • divine 神の
  • path 道
  • nation 国家
  • solve 解決する
  • iron out A Aを解決する

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Diary on a Trip to Ise – PART 8

When I was driving toward a highway leaving Ise behind, where I stayed for three days, I noticed there were a lot of signboards with the word “Uji(宇治)” or “Yamada(山田)” on them. I considered what “Uji-Yamada” really meant. Some local person told me that old people living in Ise had called the Ise region “Yamada” since long time ago. When they go to Ise, they say “I’m going to Yamada,” not “Ise.”

  • leave A behind  Aを後にする
  • notice 気がつく
  • signboard 看板
  • consider  よく考える
  • region 地方

In the study of folklore, it is said that oral tradition often depicts the ancient world correctly. Though there are many theories on the origin of the name Yamada, what came to my mind was the word “confrontation.”

  • folklore 民俗
  • oral 口の
  • depict 描く
  • theory 説
  • confrontation 対立

According to my spiritual vision, the area before the main gate of Geku used to be called Yamada, while the area around Naiku Uji. One day in an ancient time, one of the three stone pillars that acted as a medium for the presence of God was brought from Mt.Hakusan to Geku, and after this many rites and rituals came to be held there. At this time, Naiku didn’t exist yet. The foundation of Naiku is relatively recent.

  • according to A Aによると
  • ancient 古代の
  • stone pillar 石柱
  • medium 媒介物
  • exist 存在する
  • relatively  比較的に
  • recent 最近の

Because the stone pillar was one and only, wooden pillars of Hinoki, a Japanese cypress, were substituted for it and put under the grounds of the main buildings of Geku and Naiku as special holy objects of worship. This pillar is called “Imibashira(忌柱)” “Ameno-mi-hasira(天ノ御柱)” or “Ameno-mi-hakari-no-hashira(天ノ御量柱).” I can “see” the ancient stone pillar brought from Mt. Hakusan has been buried deep under the ground of a certain holy area of the precincts of Geku.

  • substitute 代用する
  • object 対象
  • worship 崇拝
  • precinct 敷地

The shinto ritual where a new wooden pillar is put under the ground of the main building of Geku and Naiku every twenty years is the most important of all. It is a secret ritual held by high-ranked shinto priests at midnight.

  • every A years A年毎に
  • high-ranked 高位の
  • priest 神官

I feel that ancient people in Ise lived only in the area in front of Geku. Naiku was surrounded by a huge forest. Ruins of the Jomon Era such as pit dwellings must be discovered at the Yamada district where Geku is located. The name of Yamada is derived from the transition of pronunciation from “Yamatai” to “Yah-ma-tai” to “Yah-ma-da” to “Yamada.” That is, Yamada was part of Yamataikoku(邪馬台国), the historical Japanese state thought to have existed during the late Yayoi period.

  • ruin 遺跡
  • era 時代
  • pit dwelling 竪穴式住居
  • be derived from A Aに由来する
  • transition 移り変わり

The sound of Yamataikoku lies in the name of Yamada. Yamataikoku that the Gishi-wajin-den(魏志倭人伝) refers to  ruled the regions, ranging from Ise to the whole region of Kumano, and its capital was near Mt. Miwa in Nara prefecture. I feel that Himiko(卑弥呼) is the name of a position and there were successive Himikos. Yamatohime-no-mikoto(倭姫命)was one of such Himikos.

  • refer to A Aに言及する
  • range 範囲に及ぶ
  • successive 歴代の

It was when Princess Yamato-hime came to the present Ise, carrying part of Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami(天照太御神)on her back that the area around Naiku was developed. Uji (氏)clan of a privileged class, came to Ise from Nara and developed the present district of Uji(宇治). The name of “宇治” comes from that of the clan, “氏.”

  • develop 開発する
  • clan 族
  • privilleged class 特権階級

There was an emotional conflict for a long time between the people who had lived in Yamada district since ancient times with their indigenous faith, and the aristocracies who came to live in Uji, with a river lying between. It can be said that the confrontation between them corresponded to that between Kunitsu-kami (国津神)and Amatsu-kami(天津神). I feel that people in Yamada district had exchanges with those in Isobe(磯部) district,  a seaside town beyond a mountain, because they also kept the second stone pillar of Mt.Hakusan.

  • conflict 摩擦
  • indigeous 土着の
  • aristocracy 貴族
  • transcription 転写
  • corrspond 相当する
  • exchange 交流

I left for another shrine, Takihara-no-miya shrine(瀧原宮), enjoying the ancient view my holy spirit showed me.

To be continued.

  • another もう一つの
  • view 眺め
  • holy 聖なる

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Diary on a Trip to Ise – PART 7

After finishing my job, on the last day of my stay in Ise, I changed my clothes, put on the best suit I had brought with me and headed for Naiku(内宮)of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮). It is not how much your suit is that matters but how much consideration and thoughtfulness you try to show to God, which is the very offerings to God.

  • head for A Aに向かう
  • whether S+V SがVするかどうか
  • consideration  配慮
  • thoughtfulness 思い遣り
  • offering 捧げ物

Every time I visit Naiku, I often see a “guru” taking his several female believers along with him. One of the gurus I saw was wearing tattered shirt and jeans and carrying a backpack with his hair in disorder. He put an empty bin with a Sakaki plant in it on the top of the hedge in front of the main building of Ise Grand Shrine without permission and read a shinto prayer aloud. The female believers behind him looked ashamed. Other visitors in suit were directing a suspicious look at him. They looked sad because the guru was ruining their special occasions.

  • every time S+V SがVする度に
  • tattered ボロボロの
  • empty 空の
  • hedge 垣根
  • permission 許可
  • ashamed 恥じて
  • ruin 台無しにする

I perceived an ascetic monk who died crazed possessing the guru, so I thought words would be wasted on him. It is shameful that such weird persons do what they want at other shrines than the main building of Ise Grand Shrine where security guards keep an eye. If you find such a strange guru in front of a main building of a shrine, it’s better to make a bow at a distance or visit there again later because while you close your eyes and concentrate behind such a person, it’s possible for you to receive his spiritual dirt.

  • perceive 知覚する
  • ascetic monk 修行僧
  • crazed 狂って
  • shameful 残念な
  • keep an eye 見張る
  • at a distance 距離を置いて
  • dirt 垢

I went to the reception desk of the shrine office to hand over all of my Ofuda in my house because I had had a divine message that I should take them to Naiku. The five Ofuda should’ve been light, but when I put them on the hands of a priest, his hands were lowered under their heavy weight. The Ofuda were mediums for deities to settle on, so their accumulated spiritual magnetism must’ve been huge. At this time, I managed to return the holy energy of Kunitsu Kami(国津神) to Naiku.

  • reception 受付
  • hand over A Aを渡す
  • divine 神の
  • lower 下げる
  • medium 媒介物

After this, I went to the guard office to apply for a special visit that allows you to go inside the hedge in front of the main building of Naiku. But a ceremony that celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Emperor’s marriage were being performed at the time, so I prayed to God in front of the main building of Naiku and headed for Geku(外宮), instead.

  • apply for A Aを申し込む
  • allow A to~  Aが〜するのを許す
  • celebrate 祝う

When I got to the guard office in front of the main building of Geku to apply for a special visit, a pleasant, young shinto priest with short hair made the arrangement. He led me inside the small door and performed a purification ceremony with salt. I walked a path in the left side of the building led by him, passed through the gate, and stepped into the inside of the hedge.

  • get to A Aに着く
  • pleasant 爽やかな
  • purification 浄化
  • path 小道

The white stones on the ground were much larger than I had thought. Walking after him, I was looking down all the way. His wooden shoes with a high heel sometimes inclined because the ground paved with large white stones was uneven. I got a little bit worried about him.

  • all the way ずっと
  • wooden 木製の
  • incline 傾く
  • get worried 心配する

I stood in front of the main building and prayed to God. I got refreshed very much. I didn’t hear any construction noise outside somehow. Only a silent world was there. The white large stones were giving off special magnetism. The thought energy of priests and visitors was accumulated in the stones. I suppose that one of the reasons that all the buildings and stones of Ise Grand Shrine are renewed every twenty years is that the memory capacity of the stones fill in twenty years. Then, I left for the last shrine to visit that was located on the way back home from Geku.

To be continued.

  • get refreshed さっぱりする
  • construction 工事
  • silent 静寂の
  • give off A Aを放つ
  • suppose 思う
  • renew 新しくする
  • memory capacity 記憶容量
  • locate 位置する

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Diary on a Trip to Ise – Part 5

We left Izawa shrine for Izawa-no-miya. Until we got there, I was feeling as if I was carrying something heavy on my back. It’s like I was carrying on my back Kunitsu-kami (国津神)or a number of ancient nameless deities. As I was walking the approach to the main building of Izawa-no-miya, I felt my body was getting lighter and lighter. There is a well on the left side at the halfway point of the approach. The thought that the princess Yamato-hime made her ablutions at the well a long long time ago impressed me very much.

  • leave A for B  Bに向けてAを出発する
  • as if S+V SがVするかのように
  • a number of A 無数の
  • deity 神
  • approach 参道
  • ablution 沐浴

Since Heian period, a public movement by local residents has been taking place over and over, which advocates that Izawa-no-miya is the true main shrine in which Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami resides. In Edo period, about 50 townspeople who asserted that Naiku of Ise Grand Shrine was lower in rank than Izawa-no-miya were arrested for defamation of royalty and were exiled to an island. It is said that some of them died there with much regret.

  • movement 運動
  • advocate 主張する
  • reside 住む
  • assert 主張する
  • defamation 中傷
  • exile 追放する
  • regret 後悔

The Watarai family(度会家), a representative shintoist, comes from the area Izawano-mi-ya is located. They claimed that Toyouke-o-kami(豊受大神)of Geku of Ise Grand Shrine, Ameno-minaka-nushi-no-kami(天御中主神) and Kunitokotachi-o-kami(国常立太神) are the same god and it’s one of the highest ranking deities. That is, the people’s passion for the deity of Izawa-no-miya has been very strong down the ages.

  • representative 代表的な
  • claim 主張する
  • down the ages 大昔から

Why is it so? This has to do with the rice harvest culture of Japan. A lot of rice has been produced from the area since a long time ago. This is why the local people’s faith in the deity of Izawa-no-miya has been very strong. The relative affluence of the area has enabled them to have mental allowance.

  • have to do with A Aと関係がある
  • harvest 収穫
  • produce 生産する
  • enable 可能にする
  • allowance 余裕

In fact, even when people living in areas other than Isobe-cho were suffering from poor harvest, only people living in Isobe-cho or other nearby areas could have a good harvest and prevent insect affection, as long as they never fail to perform religious ceremonies. This is because the area has had the shrine Amatera-su-oho-mi-kami resides and she blessed humans in this World of Reality with rice, which originally comes from the World of Gods. The history of Izawa-no-miya is much longer than that  of Naiku of two thousands years. I feel that the excavation and research of the site can trace the first year of the foundation of Izawa-no-miya back to Jomon Period.

  • other than A A以外の
  • suffer 苦しむ
  • prevent 防ぐ
  • never fail to~ 必ず〜する
  • bless A with B AにBを授ける
  • excavation  発掘
  • trace 辿る

The official mark of Izawa-no-miya has been a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles for a long, long time. While the mark, Star of David, has been made much of in Judaism, Izawa-no-miya exceeds Judaism by far in terms of its long history of using the mark as its heraldic emblem.

  • official 公式の
  • triangle 三角
  • Star of David ダビデの星
  • make much of A Aを重要視する
  • exceed 超える
  • Judaism ユダヤ教
  • heraldic emblem 紋章

In the Bible, Manna is described as the food which descended from above and multiplied in the vase. Rice also increases in volume when it’s put in water and heated. Rice is pronounced as “Kome” and Manna as “Mana” in Japanese. I feel these two words refer to the same thing.

  • describe A as B AをBと描く
  • descend 降りる
  • refer to A Aを指す

The word money is derived from Manna. In Japan, the market of rice in the Kansai region is said to be the origin of modern pricing financial derivative. The currency that humans should use and God would approve of must’ve been food. Food rots when saved long, so people cannot help but distribute it before it rots.

  • be derived from A Aに由来する
  • region 地方
  • origin 起源
  • currency 貨幣
  • approve of A Aを認める
  • rot 腐る
  • distribute  配る

The pronunciation of Manna means “the most sacred thing” in Hawaii. I feel that a certain continent, which used to be on the Pacific Ocean in ancient times, was the center of rice farming. Some humans ran away from the continent before it sank in the water and managed to reach Hawaii and the offshore of Ise. Then they dispersed in every direction, holding the common memories in their hearts.

To be continued.

  • sacred 神聖な
  • certain ある
  • continent 大陸
  • the Pacific 太平洋
  • sink 沈む
  • offshore 沖
  • disperse 散る

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

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