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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Founder of a Religion who Passed away like a Star – PART 1

I wrote a blog about a year ago like the following:

When I was making the spiritual reading, a holy spirit told me an interesting thing. It told me that when a fixed star, including the sun, shining in the night sky perishes, a human being was born into the World of Reality as part of the star. It is true that human beings have the Sun God in their hearts as Inner God. When a man who has succeeded in making his Inner God appear dies, a fixed star seems to explode and perish. Another great man will be born into this world again. When a great man dies, newspapers say “A great star falls,” which is what really happens. I asked the holy spirit if there is, and has been, such a great man in Japan in recent years. Then it replied that a few such men were in business world and unexpectedly named a certain religious leader who lived in Showa era.  It seems that a fixed star did perish when he died. I’ll explain this in detail in due time.

  • following 次の
  • fixed star 恒星
  • perish 死滅する
  • succeed 成功する
  • explode 爆発する
  • reply 答える
  • in due time   いずれ

Around 1900, some spiritually interesting persons were born all over the world as well as Japan. They were sent from another dimension so that they could make both good and bad impacts on human beings living in the 21st century. There was one religious leader among the gurus of new religions founded in Showa era, who miraculously passed away at the same time as the death of a fixed star. Most of them were dragged into hellish worlds after death, though.

  • as well as A Aだけでなく
  • dimension 次元
  • impact 影響
  • miraculously 奇跡的に
  • drag 引きずる

It was when I was a junior high school student that I first knew this religious leader. I came across his black-and-white picture at a bookstore. In the picture, he, a middle-aged man, was drawing something at a desk and at the same time I saw a fox, Inari-shin (稲荷神)belonging to the World of Gods, holding a writing brush between its teeth. Then I thought “What a strange man he is !”

  • come across A Aに出くわす
  • belong  属する
  • fox 狐
  • strange 奇妙な

He must have suffered mentally when he was young because he was spiritually too sensitive. He was born with too many attributes of Ubusuna-kami(産土神). An ordinary person would be mentally ill and live an unhappy life. He searched after truth because of his suffering. Most of the people whose spiritual bodies are stronger than their physical ones tend to be very physically weak and suffer severe illness except those whose souls are special.

  • suffer 苦しむ
  • mentally 精神的に
  • sensitive 敏感な
  • attribute 属性
  • ordinary 普通の
  • tend 傾向がる

Suffering mentally and physically, he joined a number of religious groups for help. When he was a member of Omoto-kyo(大本教), a religious sect founded in 1892 as an offshoot of Shinto, he was selected as an automatic writer who writes down what the spirit of Deguchi Onizaburo(出口旺仁三郎) says because he was a very suitable person or medium for the job.

  • a number of A 数多くのA
  • automatic 自動の
  • write down A Aを書き留める
  • suitable 適した

He experienced or see so many strange phenomena caused by spiritual possession that he strongly felt such weird things were unnecessary. Some of the believers went crazy because of necromancy and others were sent to the mental institutions, causing family breakdown. This kind of experiences made him found his own religious group later. If he knew the existence of modern religious groups that make money in the pyramid scheme, he would be sad worrying about where their souls go after they die.

To be continued.

  • phenomena 現象
  • possession 憑依
  • unnecessary 不必要な
  • necromancy 降霊術
  • breakdown 崩壊
  • existence 存在
  • pyramid scheme ネズミ講

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Those who Use People to Make Money

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War industries are similar to evil psychics, fortunetellers and religious organizations in that they use people in trouble to make their livings. If it were not for conflicts or wars on this planet, war industries would go bankrupt . As long as the world is in the state of peace, they cannot help but close their businesses. They don’t necessarily need wars if only there is a threat, or state of tension, of war.

  • industry  産業
  • similar 似ている
  • living 生計
  • conflict 争い
  • cannot help ~ing 〜せざるを得ない
  • threat 脅威
  • tension 緊張

When the world is in peace, they supply weapons to politically unstable countries for free. Also, they act in secret to cause a war in a neighboring country to make a country that has bought expensive arms from them realize that the country is safe thanks to their arms. It’s important for each country to develop and preserve weapons for self-defense, though.

  • politically 政治的に
  • neighboring 近隣の
  • develop 開発する
  • preserve 保持する
  • self-defense 自衛

The way war industries do business and the way evil psychics do business are almost the same. Psychics who demand a lot of money from counseled persons try to make a strong impression on people who visited them for the first time for advice about not so serious a problem so that they will come to the psychics over and over to pay a lot of money. It’s easy to cheat mentally unstable people out of money.

  • demand 要求する
  • counseled 助言された
  • impression 印象
  • over and over 何度も
  • unstable 不安定な
  • cheat 騙す

In Showa era, evil psychics would often tell visitors about their life span. They made the visitors buy at an extraordinary price gravestones, hanging scrolls, Buddhist statues, pots, signature stamps and so on, saying “You’re destined to die soon like this, but you can prolong your life if you do this.” The total amount of money they’ve swindled out of people in trouble by making them scared about the invisible world might be equal to the amount of money war industries have made. Psychics are worst in every way who demand money by foreseeing people’s life span too easily. They are the lowest of the low in terms of humanity, the level of spirituality and the knowledge of the sprit world.

  • era 時代
  • life span 寿命
  • extraordinary 法外な
  • hanging scroll 掛け軸
  • destined to~ 〜する運命にある
  • prolong 延ばす
  • swindle 騙し取る

To tell the truth, I’ve come to be able to foresee when a person will die and where the soul will go after death since I began to feel Kunitokotachi-o-kami (国常立太御神)inside me. My wife is often surprised to know that my predictions really come true and says to me “Are you Damian in The Exorcist?” lol

  • to tell the truth  実は
  • come to~  〜するようになる
  • destination 行き先
  • prediction 予言

Kunitokotachi-o-kami is the holy spirit who controls the underworld, including the Hell. When I ask him about when a person’s dies, He lets me know the person’s current life span. However, there are some strict rules He made:

*Do not tell the person about when he/she dies.

*Do not even give the person a hint about it.

*Do not tell those around him/her about it, either.

*But you are allowed to tell the person how to prolong life.

  • current 現在の
  • strict 厳しい
  • be allowed to~ 〜するのを許されている

Death is an important event through which people can learn a lot. So, if you prevent a person from learning something important by telling him/her when he/she dies, you’ll call down divine punishment on your head.

  • divine 神の
  • punishment   罰

My experiences tell me that human life-span changes. This is because your behaviors in everyday life have influence on the future, which means you can change your future greatly. It’s important to awake to the path of right and establish your own religion based on the faith of reminding yourself of gratitude for being kept alive.

  • experience 経験
  • behavior 行為
  • influence 影響
  • greatly 大いに
  • awake 目覚める
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

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When in Doubt, Do Nowt.

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There are a lot of people worrying about job-changing or divorce. They’re not so sure about their future after making a decision that they can’t decide whether to do it or not.

  •  job-changing  転職
  • divorce 離婚
  • whether  S+V SがVするかどうか

One of the major differences between humans and animals is the ability to imagine and worry, for better or worse. Animals are, at it were, in the state of Kannagara(カンナガラ), or the state of being with God. They behave by “right” instinct without worry. They concentrate on here and now. When they feel stressed, they try to avoid the cause of the stress naturally. Humans , living in society, cannot trust their “right” instinct more often than not.

  • difference 違い
  • ability 能力
  • for better or worse 善かれ悪しかれ
  • instinct 本能
  • concentrate 集中する
  • more often than not しばしば

One of the methods for exerting your right instinctive power is holding grateful memorial services for your ancestors and reminding yourself of gratitude for being kept alive, which reduce your unnecessary negative magnetism. Magnetism of gratitude enables you to see your problems objectively.

  • exert  発揮する
  • grateful 感謝の
  • remind A of B AにBを思い出させる
  • reduce 減らす
  • magnetism 磁気
  • enable A to~  Aが〜するのを可能にする

* Do not take action as long as you’re worried about the problem.

If you practice what accumulates your magnetism of gratitude, you can consider divorce, guessing what your life would be like or the cost of living after the divorce. If you’re not sure about your life after the divorce, you had better not hurry because if you’re worrying about something while holding memorial services for your ancestors every day, there is a high probability that your ancestral spirits are against your idea.

  • accumulate 蓄積させる
  • consider 考える
  • had better not ~  〜しないほうがよい
  • probability 可能性

Or, if you leave the judgement to another person or a psychic medium who demands money, you cannot make a right decision because unnecessary spiritual magnetism like dirt prevents you from receiving messages from your ancestral spirits. You could fall prey to the psychic medium and become a good customer who bring him/her a lot of money. You would end up in having more problems, causing regrettable results.

  • leave A to B AをBに任せる
  • demand 要求する
  • prevent 妨げる
  • fall prey 餌食になる
  • regrettable 後悔するような

Your ancestral spirits are watching over you all the time because you’re connected to them by your spiritual line. Irresponsible advice given by self-claimed psychics is rubbish who make a living exploiting unfortunate people. Asking such people for advice is due to your confused mind.

  • watch over A  Aを見守る
  • all the time いつも
  • spiritual line 霊線
  • self-claimed 自称の
  • exploit 利用する
  • rubbish ゴミ

*Ponder and make a decision about your problem after reminding yourself of gratitude.

Do this, and you’ll have no regret. If you do whatever you can and consider the problem,  you won’t regret the result. If you do this by halves, you’ll regret having followed the advice from another person, thinking “There may have been another better way….”

  • ponder よく考える
  • regret 後悔
  • by halves 中途半端に
  • another 他の

While you live in this World of Reality, you’re connected to your ancestral spirits by the spiritual line of your family line. Begin cut off from the spiritual line means the death of your physical body. Instead of asking others for help, you should make the most of your spiritual line, through which life energy flows into you as well. This method of using your spiritual line causes good change in this World of Reality the fastest and most safely.

  • family line 家系
  • death 死
  • instead of A Aの代わりに
  • make the most of A  Aを最大限に利用する

Calm ancestral spirits are in so near a dimension to the World of Reality that they can have influence on their descendants. Also, the time they lived in this world is not so far away from the present time that they can do it appropriately and practically. Holy spirits in high dimensions, on the other hand, have difficulty tuning in to the World of Reality and tend to care nothing about personal affairs. They are apt to be anachronistic.

  • calm 落ち着いた
  • dimension 次元
  • influence 影響
  • descendant 子孫
  • tune in to A Aに波長を合わせる
  • anachronistic 時代錯誤的な

It’s no wonder that souls who left this world ten years ago and ones 3000 years ago are different in experience. The former can support your life much better than the latter. Calm ancestral spirits support their descendants like their own children until they leave the spiritual lines of their families for another trip. They are watching over the whole of your life.

  • wonder 驚き
  • experience 経験
  • the former 前者
  • the latter 後者
  • whole 全体

Once your ancestral spirits in pain get relief thanks to your memorial services, they try to protect you and repay you for your kindness in return. As you keep on holding grateful memorial services for your ancestors, more and more ancestral spirits get relief, forming a spiritual group whose mission is to protect you. This protection is like unconditional love similar to parents’ love toward their children. God has made a rule, as a means of getting through the trying human world, that those are helped who help their ancestral spirits.

  • get relief 痛みが楽になる
  • repay 恩を返す
  • kindness 親切
  • form 形成する
  • unconditional 無条件の
  • means 手段
  • trying 大変な

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Smoke of Incense Sticks has the Power to Cut off Negative Magnetism

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In my opinion, bad dreams are phenomena that happen instead of the realization of them. I think that bad dreams are not to be realized in the World of Reality and their negative energy is sublimated in the dreams. For example, if you have a bad dream of a car crash, you will drive more carefully or stop driving for a while. As the result, you can avoid a car accident. If you have a good dream, on the other hand, you might make more effort so as to realize the dream, which may make it happen.

  • opinion 意見
  • phenomena 現象
  • sublimate 昇華させる
  • car crash 衝突事故
  • on the other hand 一方
  • effort 努力

There is a good way to prevent bad dreams from happening intentionallyーholding thankful memorial services for your ancestral spirits with the use of three incense sticks. Holding such a memorial service every day, even for a couple of minutes, generates magnetism of gratitude, and this magnetism counteracts accumulated negative energy. The simple action of a few minutes in the morning like this can offset what otherwise would happen later that day. Magnetism of gratitude does neutralize accumulated negative magnetism.

  • prevent 妨げる
  • intentionally  意図的に
  • thankful 感謝の
  • ancestral 先祖の
  • incense stick 線香
  • generate 発生する
  • magnetism 磁気
  • counteract 相殺する
  • otherwise さもなければ

Smoke of incense sticks is very effective not only for appeasing ancestral spirits but also for cutting off negative magnetism. It’s more effective than salt. My impression is that “cutting ” or “cutting off”  is more suitable expression than “purifying.” Spiritual magnetism, or ectoplasm, looks like smoke. It differs in color and subtlety according to its dimensional level and content. I perceive that the spiritual magnetism of holy spirits, for example, has a certain color and consists of fine particles, while that of low-level evil spirits feels damp and sticky.

  • effective 効果がある
  • appease 慰める
  • cut off A  Aを切断する
  • impression 印象
  • subtlety 精妙さ
  • dimension 次元
  • consist 成る
  • particle 粒子

Spiritual magnetism and smoke of incense sticks are so similar in complexion and physical matter that the smoke can have a strong influence on spiritual magnetism. The smoke can give comfort or solace to your ancestral spirits or other spirits related to you and counteracts negative spiritual magnetism.

  • similar 似ている
  • complexion 様相
  • influence 影響
  • solace 慰め

I know various kinds of methods to corp with evil spirits, whose spiritual magnetism is negative,  but the use of incense sticks is one of the most effective methods for repelling them. This is derived from a secret ceremony of Taoism and very effective in cutting off a target. Incantations or prayers can’t match the power of smoke of incense sticks. One of the reasons that the successive Imperial Families have adopted Taoism in performing rites is that an Emperor who first adopted it was very surprised at the effectiveness of smoke of incense sticks.

  • varous 様々な
  • corp with A Aに対処する
  • repel 撃退する
  • be derived 由来する
  • Taoism 道教
  • target 対象
  • match 敵う
  • the Imperial Family 皇室
  • successive 歴代の

The secret ritual with the use of incense sticks is not performed in modern shintoism. But incense sticks used to be used at rituals in the past when Taoism was introduced in shintoism.  I feel the secret ritual was passed down to the Imperial House and became the origin of Kodo(香道), the cult of incense-burning. In Taoism, long incense sticks are still used in performing rituals.

  • modern  現代の
  • used to~ 〜したものだった
  • pass down A Aを伝える
  • origin 起源

The essence of my personal method of holding the memorial service with the use of incense sticks lies in spiritual phrases and the timing of saying them. While you’re holding a memorial service, great things are happening in the other world you cannot see. The smoke of the third incense stick for other spirits related to you keeps you away from negative spiritual magnetism of evil spirits and erases your own negative magnetism.

  • personal 個人的な
  • lie 在る
  • the other world あの世
  • keep A away from B AをBから遠ざける

However hard you try to cover up your own bad things, you can’t bring good fortune as long as you keep it inside. The World of Reality is where you get something with a struggle. Running away from reality gets you nowhere. I don’t recommend my personal method to anyone, especially those who lack the will to practice it on their own, because it can have adverse effect on such people. The holy spirit helps those spiritually who try to help themselves and others gratuitously.

  • however~ どれくらい〜でも
  • cover up A Aを隠す
  • fortune 運
  • struggle 苦闘
  • get A nowhere どうにもならない
  • lack 欠く
  • adverse effect 逆効果
  • gratuitously 無償で

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Keeping Shrines Clean Leads to the Dawn of the World

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Yesterday was February 1, Sunday, before Setsubun-Day. Our family decided to visit  a couple of shrines in the local area. I knew there were two shrines in a village near my house, but I had never visited there before. So we paid a visit to the two shrines.

  • neighborhood  近所
  • village 村
  • pay a visit to A Aを訪れる

Entering the precincts of a small shrine, I saw a few children playing and found that the shrine was kept clean by someone because there was no trash there. Its explanation board said that Emperor Oujin(応神天皇)was enshrined at the shrine.

  • precinct 境内
  • trash ゴミ
  • explanation 説明
  • enshrine 祀る

Thinking that, since deities enshrined at shrines in the country were often Inari-shin(稲荷神) or Hakusan-shin(白山神), the shrine was a rare one, I was walking in the precincts, when I saw the light of a holy spirit leading to Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami(天照太御神). I thought that small shrines only local people visit were were pure and good because they didn’t visit there to pray for some unnecessary, selfish desire.

  • deity 神
  • rare 珍しい
  • lead 繋がる
  • pure   純粋な
  • desire 願望

To maintain the soul of a holy spirit, shrines should not necessarily be open to the public, I thought. It is the good care of local people that attracts the local holy spirit, regardless of the name of the enshrined deity.

  • maintain 維持する
  • necessarily 必ず
  • the public 一般の人々
  • attract 引きつける
  • reagardless of A Aに関係なく

Unexpectedly, Susanoo and Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami were enshrined at the other shrine. Though I saw nothing special there, I found that the shrine was also kept clean by someone. Then, I saw a vision that, with the aging of the Japanese population, more and more old people would help to maintain shrines of their neighborhoods voluntarily and  small, nameless shrines all over Japan would be kept more and more clean and rites and festivals would be held at shrines more often and as the result of it, the divine will of the parental God would begin to “thunder” from such small shrines.

  • unexpectedly 意外にも
  • the aging 高齢化
  • voluntarily 自発的に
  • divine 神の
  • thunder 鳴る

I hear that a lot of inexpensive PCs can be linked with one another to become more powerful than one supercomputer can be. Similarly, I anticipate that small shrines in the World of Reality will bring about a revolution in the World of Gods. It may have been inevitable that a lot of old people born in Showa era enjoyed Japan’s prosperity and luxury in this century because their souls who have realized the futility of the material civilization will take on the work to call back holy spirits.

  • inexpensive 安価な
  • similarly 同様に
  • anticipate 予期する
  • inevitable 必然的な
  • futility 虚しさ
  • material   物質的な

I feel that the magnetism of gratitude the readers of this blog, Ise-Hakusan Dou, offer to all shrines in Japan, including Inari shrines, will overwrite and change the spiritual magnetism of the shrines and cause them to function well. If you live abroad or an area far from shrines or you’re too sick to visit shrines, why don’t you worship the morning sun and offer your gratitude to it every day? Holy spirits know what you do.

  • overwrite 上書きする
  • cause A to~ Aが〜する原因となる
  • sick 病気な
  • the morning sun 朝日

A holy spirit tells me that when all people living in Japan, including foreigners, keep small shrines within four kilometers of their houses clean and offer their gratitude to them, the dawn of the world is near in all senses.

  • including A Aを含めて
  • keep A clean Aを綺麗に保つ
  • in all senses あらゆる意味で

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When a lot of People are Grateful for Being Kept Alive, the World Turns into Heaven

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The other day, I went to a house of a manager of a company that I was in charge of on business. Though I got to his house on time, he was not at home. So I chatted with an old woman taking the charge of the house at the entrance. She told me that she was over 90.

  • manager 経営者
  • be in charge of A Aの担当をしている
  • on time 時間通りに
  • chat おしゃべりをする
  • entrance 入り口

During the chat, the topic changed from the recent depression to the World War II. According to her, her husband went to China during the war, never to return. She was left with three young children and had a very hard time. She said “Frankly, I think nothing of the news of the recent depression.”

  • depression 不景気
  • be left with A Aを残される
  • think nothing なんとも思わない

I asked her if she had difficulty getting food during the war because the area was in the country. “Not, at all,” she replied.  According to her, the government in those days ordered the people in the village to provide their stored rice and they were afraid of military policemen.

  • have difficulty ~ing 〜するのに苦労する
  • reply 返答する
  • store 備蓄する
  • military policeman 憲兵

Living in the country, they had to draw their rations from the government. They scrambled for wild vegetables before dawn. It was lucky to get a short bamboo shoot only about 15 centimeters. Since she didn’t have her own fields, she visited her relatives with her young children to ask for food in the intervals between her work and escape from air raids.

  • ration 配給
  • wild vegetable 山菜
  • dawn 夜明け
  • bamboo shoot 竹の子
  • relative 親戚
  • air raid 空襲

Listening to the radio broadcasting the tide of the battle, she lived her life every day prepared to die. “I’m lucky to be alive. I’m very much obliged to everything” she said.

  • broadcast 放送する
  • tide 情勢
  • prepared 準備して
  • obliged 感謝して

There were a lot of farmers hiding their rice in those days. I hear that women visiting the country to buy rice were often taken in. Such farmers raised the price of rice unreasonably. Some old men compelled the women to do perverted practices.

  • take in A   Aを騙す
  • unreasonably 法外に
  • compel 強いる
  • perverted みだらな

There are three generations in this present world: old people who suffered hellish experiences during the war, middle-aged people who were born after the war and enjoy material wealth and young people who waste the property of the older generations. The present world is rare in that such three generations are mixed in one place.

  • middle-aged 中年の
  • wealth 豊かさ
  • property 財産
  • be mixed 混在している

What you have to learn from the present age and world is to find out “what will remain when you die” after experiencing everything happening in the World of Reality. It’s still difficult for people in developing countries, whose dreams are often to buy cars, to do this task.

  • leave A with B BにAを残す
  • developing country 発展途上国
  • task 仕事

According to a recent survey, the number of young Japanese people who want cars has been decreasing sharply. They prefer order-made bicycles to cars.  I don’t think this is because they can’t afford to buy cars. They seem to want to return to nature, which is what human beings who have enjoyed luxury want the next.

  • survey 調査
  • decrease 減少する
  • prefer 好む
  • afford to~ 〜する余裕がある
  • nature 自然

A holy spirit tells me that if a lot of people come to be grateful for being kept alive, it’s easy for the world to turn into Heaven.

  • turn into A Aに変わる

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

I AM GRATEFUL FOR BEING KEPT ALIVE.