This is an excerpt from the 2006 September Monthly Service Sermon by Honbu-in Toshimi Imamura (All have I done here is post the excerpt here. I have no knowledge of who did the actual translation of this sermon.)
72. Giving Priority to the Affairs of the Residence over His Own
For the nine years starting in 1866, the Honseki always came to spend the last day of each year at the Residence, making sure to complete the preparations for the worship to be held on New Year’s Day before going home. On the last day of one particular year, he completed all of the preparations for the New Year’s Day worship at the Residence, as he had done before, and then went back home. Since he had no savings, preparations for New Year’s Day could not be made at his house.
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54. During the Hakobi
As mentioned previously, the Honseki changed all his clothes, down to his undergarments, before the Hakobi (the act of bestowing the truth of the Sazuke and granting sanctions regarding church matters). Among the garments he would wear were:
A black crested formal coat (montsuki) made from habutae silk, a brown or pale yellow kakuobi with a design in the middle, a haori coat decorated with the Iburi family crest in five places, and white tabi (foot size: ten mon or 24 centimeters). The Honseki would not wear a hakama or carry a folding fan with him.
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48. Changing His Clothes Several Times Over
The Honseki never wore silk on a day-to-day basis. His kimono and pajamas were all made from cotton. When he bestowed the truth of the Sazuke, he would change all his clothes down to his undergarments. Continue reading Anecdotes of the Honseki Izo Iburi 48
47. A Mind That Thinks of Others
There were several times when followers would come from afar to inquire for Divine Directions concerning an illness or another problem. The Honseki would not allow his personal matters take precedence over his official role as God’s representative.
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