This chapter focuses on the events in Takahashi Mutsuo’s childhood where his mother, Hisako, returned to Japan after a year of absence. It talks about religious practices in Mutsuo’s household that mostly consisted of morning ritual prayers and visits to Bhuddist temples by Hisako and Mutsuo’s grandmother, Tsui. The chapter also describes Buddhist deities, such as Fudō Myōō, the deity surrounded by fire, Jizō, the bodhisattva who guided children and travelers, and the great Shintō Goddess of Awa Island.
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