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Twelve Views from the Distance$
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Mutsuo Takahashi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672776

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672776.001.0001

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Spirited Away

Spirited Away

(p.55) Spirited Away
Twelve Views from the Distance

Mutsuo Takahashi

University of Minnesota Press

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.

Keywords:   Takahashi Mutsuo, Hisako, Bhuddist temples, Tsui, Fudō Myōō, Jizō, bodhisattva, Shintō Goddess, Awa Island

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