〝此ノ経 尚 世間ニマシマサバ 人コノ筒ヲトルコトナク 再ビ コノ地中ニ安置セラレタシ〟と書いてあった。
This film tells the dramatic life story of KENJI MIYAZAWA, one of Japan’s most famous national poets.
Kenji Miyazawa was born on August 27th 1896, (29th of the Meiji-era) four days before the “Ohu Huge Earthquake”. He grew up in an affluent and highly reputed family in the town of Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture. His parents ran a successful pawn broking business, but this luxurious upbringing troubled the young Kenji. The family were also pious followers of the True Pure Land Buddhist teachings.
His grandfather was eager to have Kenji take over the family business, but despite his grandfather’s protests Kenji instead decided to study at Morioka Higher State Technical College of Agriculture and Forestry. This school in the prefectural capital attracted the smartest students from all over the country. Around that time, Kenji came into contact with another Buddhist Sect after reading “The Lotus Sutra”. This would have a profound impact on him and he would profess these beliefs for the rest of his life. Kenji’s adoption of “The Lotus Sutra” conflicted with his family’s deeply held “True Pure Land” beliefs. These religious differences and Kenji’s continuing rejection of the family business caused a confrontation with his father. After graduating from the college in Morioka, he ran away from his home to live in Tokyo.
In Tokyo, Kenji entered an out of power religious organization, named “Kokuchukai”. He worked and preached for the religion for some time.
He returned to Hanamaki after receiving a telegram that his beloved and trusted sister Toshi, had been struck down by illness. During this time his father finally abandoned the idea of Kenji taking over the family business. Instead he gave his support to Kenji becoming a teacher at Hanamaki Agricultural School. Soon after, Kenji accepted a teaching position.
His four years and four months as a teacher was the happiest time of his life and his students shared in this too. However, about one year into his teaching, Toshi died. After the death of his beloved sister, Kenji was unable to take up the pen for some time. Two years later, he published his poetry book “Haru to Shura: Spring and Asura” and a fairy tale “Choomon no Ohi Ryoriten: The Restaurant of Many Orders”. They didn’t sell at all, but were the only two books published during his life.
Kenji retired from his teaching position and went on to live self-sufficiently as a farmer. He used his education to help neighboring farmers in his area, but exerted himself so much he eventually collapsed from overwork. He recovered temporarily, but was soon struck down by illness again and died at the age of 37 in 1933(8th of the Showa-era). In the same year, on March 3rd the “Sanriku Huge Earthquake” occurred inflicting terrible damage on Iwate Prefecture.
After Kenji’s death, his younger brother Seiroku performed a number of “Maikyo” ( To bury a tube containing a Buddhist sutra into the ground so as to be preserved for prosperity.) As was Kenji’s will Seiroku interred them in thirty two designated mountains in Iwate Prefecture, called “kyou uzumubeki yama”.
It is said, in 2052, that Kenji’s Maikyo will be discovered on a certain mountain. On the tube he stated that, “when someone uncovers this, if this Sutra exists in public as it used to be, please return this tube to the ground again”. What Kenji desired was to realize the second coming of the Lotus Sutra in the event that these teachings had disappeared from the world for some reason.
Then the man who finds it can go down the mountain to the chaotic world bringing the Sutra.