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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 26

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

Shin’ichi was determined to keep fighting, to keep taking action as long as he could. On the evening of May 28, after the Miyagi Prefecture leaders meeting, he and his wife, Mineko, went to the Soka Gakkai Tohoku Women’s Center (present-day Tsutsujigaoka Culture Center) in Sendai City for an informal meeting with some 50 representatives.

Shin’ichi talked about the goodwill exchanges taking place between the Miyagi members and members in Mexico and other topics. He wanted the conversation to inspire hopes and dreams for the future. Hope is the driving force for fresh development.

It was dark by the time the meeting ended. There was still one place Shin’ichi really wanted to visit that day—the ruins of Aoba Castle. Also known as Sendai Castle, it had been built on Mt. Aoba by Date Masamune (1567–1636) as a residence for the Date clan.

He had visited the castle ruins with his mentor, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, many years earlier on the morning of April 25, 1954, the day of the Sendai Chapter General Meeting. They had chatted as they climbed the slope and stairs along the moss-covered stone walls of the castle ruins. Some 60 spirited Tohoku youth had accompanied them.

Toda said cheerfully: “The youth of Tohoku are developing. As long as the youth keep growing, there is no need to worry. You can tell the future just by looking at the youth!”

Gazing over the castle wall, Toda added: “When you visit a place, I recommend taking in a view of the area from higher ground, such as from a local castle or the top of a hill. It enables you to grasp the full lay of the land, which is important in understanding the hearts and lifestyles of the people who have lived there.

“In The Geography of Human Life, Mr. Makiguchi observed and analyzed the interconnectedness of nature and people’s lives. Seeking to clarify this causal relationship, he highlighted how our geographical environment affects us both physically and mentally and exerts a powerful influence over many aspects of how we live. His insight was truly profound.

“I believe the first step in gaining such understanding is to get a good overview of the area.”

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