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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 47

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

Shin’ichi praised Seinosuke and Yasu’s victory in faith. Nothing made him happier than hearing about members’ experiences of receiving benefits.

He then went to their adjacent gift shop to greet the employees.

As he left, he said to the family: “Thank you for today. I am so happy for the wonderful memories. I will never forget you. Please stay well!”

The next day, Shin’ichi sent a poem to Yasu: “I gaze with admiration / upon the achievements / of a noble mother of Kushiro.”

Shin’ichi and his party left the Ishizawa home shortly after 6 p.m. and headed for a privately owned community center in Nishishunbetsu, Betsukai-cho, about 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) away. The center had been built by a local member who wished for the development of kosen-rufu in Betsukai. Shin’ichi was eager to visit and personally convey his appreciation.

Shin’ichi’s car sped through the darkening green landscape of the Konsen Plain. The sun soon dipped behind a veil of clouds and night set in.

When they arrived at the center, local members greeted them with joyful smiles.

“I’m here at last! I’ve wanted to visit Betsukai for a long time. But it’s so far away!” Shin’ichi said as he stepped out of the car. At that moment, a sudden chill came over him. The air was bitterly cold, and he did not feel well.

Betsukai, located to the north of Nemuro City, covered more than twice the area of Tokyo’s 23 wards. Its primary industries were dairy farming and fishing, and farmland stretched across its rolling hills with several times as many cows as people. It had relatively little rain and snow, but the temperature could fall as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter.

Shin’ichi gathered with the members inside the center for an informal meeting. Eventually, the conversation turned to how to help the Betsukai area thrive. They all gave it serious thought.

Continual improvement and innovation are necessary for the ongoing prosperity of any region or industry. Neglecting such work and being content with doing things the way they’ve always been done results only in decline.

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