By Yasunari Kawabata
The winning author Oki has reached heart age and is stuffed with regrets. He returns to Kyoto to discover Otoko, a tender girl with whom he had a poor affair a long time prior to, and discovers that she is now a painter, dwelling with a more youthful girl as her lover. Otoko has endured to like Oki and hasn't ever forgotten him, yet his go back unsettles not just her but in addition her younger lover. it is a paintings of odd attractiveness, with a young contact of nostalgia and a heartbreaking sensitivity to these issues misplaced perpetually.
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May Kōbō Daishi increase in power. May the emperor escape harm and live a long life and the nation enjoy peace and harmony. May knowledge of the Dharma increase here and everywhere. ” The Kōmyō Shingon, or “Light Mantra,” follows: “Om O unfailing Dainichi! Great mudrā! Turn the flame of the jeweled lotus! ”17 Then the Kōbō Daishi mantra: Namu Daishi Henjō Kongō. The monk strikes the floor bell in the same rhythmic pattern that began the service. The Rishu-zammai-hōyō is over. The six monks bow three times to the altar, then hurry off to their remaining morning duties.
As we drink more tea we mull over our plans for the day. Before leaving the temple we want to call on the mother of the head priest, a woman who has done much to make Rengejō-in a second home for us. We will sit before her on low cushions and listen to her observations about the past and the present. She is a native of Kōyasan. When she was seven she started attending a school in faraway Wakayama, walking down the Fudō-zakka trail each day to catch the train at Gokuraku-bashi Station. After spending her childhood and young womanhood at Kōyasan, she attended a Christian college in Tōkyō.
But one can blunder. This is my story. In the anteroom of what I thought was the men’s bath I removed my yukata and eyeglasses, then happily entered the steamy bathing area. A single hunched figure was soaking in the pool. I spoke my usual friendly greeting. The soaking figure rotated toward me and gestured with a wig-wag of the hand. But I kept coming. At this point the figure rose up majestically from the water, like Venus at her birth, and pointed in the direction of the men’s bath. Just another crazy foreigner.
Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata