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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 34

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

Takatoshi Nemoto died on March 17, 1977.

Just before that, from March 11 through March 14, Shin’ichi had stayed at the center during a guidance trip to Fukushima Prefecture and other parts of the Tohoku region. Nemoto died of heart failure three days after Shin’ichi left.

Shin’ichi had enjoyed an unforgettable encounter with him during his stay. While Shin’ichi was checking on the center late one night, he came upon a man vacuuming.

Shin’ichi was moved to see him hard at work. He felt as if he were watching a Buddha. With deep respect, he said to him from behind, “Thank you for your hard work.”

The bespectacled man was Takatoshi Nemoto. At the time, he was both the Koriyama Community Center caretaker and a staff member of the Fukushima Culture Center.

“Let me help you,” Shin’ichi said. But Nemoto replied firmly, “Please, there is no need.”

Shin’ichi appreciated Nemoto’s determination to take such good care of the new center behind the scenes.

“Please, I insist. Let me help you. Let’s take care of this castle of the Mystic Law together.”

Shin’ichi took the vacuum cleaner and began to clean the floor. Nemoto held the cord and followed Shin’ichi, thanking him again and again. After they had finished, Nemoto said with a smile, “This will remain as my fondest memory.” Shin’ichi would never forget his happy face.

Shin’ichi looked out the window of the Koriyama Community Center.

He saw a large, beautiful Japanese garden with azaleas blooming in one corner.

“What a lovely garden.”

Su’e smiled and said: “Thank you. My husband created it. He said he wanted to provide a place for you and the members to relax when visiting. He taught himself gardening through a correspondence course.”

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