「おくのほそ道 第2話 「日光」
Narrow Road to The Far North/Episode2 Nikko」
おくのほそ道 第2話 「日光」
Narrow Road to The Far North/
On the last day of March, I was in Nikko.
From long ago, people have believed the mountains here have a special power.
On this journey, I traveled with Kawai Sora, one of my students of Haiku.
We chose an inn for the night.
The owner was an old man called Gozaemon.
He said to us,
“Wellcome both of you.
I’m happy to have you here.
People call me Buddha Gozaemon.
I think it’s because I am a truly honest person.
So you have nothing to worry about.
I thought it was a little funny.
Would a normal person say that kind of thing about himself?
Maybe, he liked to help visitors like Buddha helped people.
He must have felt sorry for us with our tired faces and dirty old clothes.
So he treated us especially well.
I watched him for a while.
And he really was a truly honest man.
I was glad to know him.
Now let me talk about Sora.
I am his teacher.
So he decided to travel with me and take care of me.
He did a lot of research so we could visit many important and beautiful places along our route.
The next day was April first.
Sora and I went up in the mountains.
I heard that the famous Buddhist monk, Kukai, visited here in the early Heian period and named this place Nikko.
Many people still come to worship these mountains.
People say that just looking at the mountains makes their spirits clean.
And going in the mountains gives their bodies energy.
I walked into the mountains enjoying the sunlight and the shining green leaves at the trees.
The mountains were so kind to share the gifts with everyone.
“How precious the light, the shines and young green leaves and Nikko mountains.”
あらたふと 青葉若葉の 日の光
We climbed farther up the mountains to the famous waterfall.
Monks gathered in this secret place to do their training.
I felt a little nervous to walk in this place.
The water fell from the rocks 30 meters above.
So much water flew into the air and into the river below.
From a small space in the rocks, I saw the waterfall from behind.
It was noisy and water was everywhere.
In fact, real monks spend 3 months here during the summer.
Cleaning the bodies in minds with a special waterfall.
We only did a very short version of the training.
I know it’s not enough but it was a good experience.
“Under the water, flowing from a place above, summer has begun.”
しばらくは 滝にこもるや 夏の初