61. Beneath the Corridor
This incident took place in 1878. When Tamizo Ueda, at the age of eighteen, returned to the Residence with his mother, Iso, Oyasama said:
“Tamizo, let’s, you and I, have a contest to see who is stronger.”
Oyasama went up on the north raised room and Tamizo stood below. With the shout of ‘one, two, three,’ they tightly gripped each other’s hands and began to pull. Tamizo pulled with all his might but Oyasama did not move even an inch. Tamizo marveled at Oyasama’s strength.
On another occasion, Oyasama spoke the following words when Tamizo came to visit Her:
“Tamizo, you are returning from Onishi now but in the future you will come together with Onaka to this Residence to live.”
Tamizo thought, “I am a farmer and I have children. It cannot be possible for me to do such a thing.” Later on, however, because of the illness of his child, he and his family were drawn to the Residence to live.
Also, on another occasion, Tamizo returned to the Residence with his mother, Iso. At that time Oyasama said:
“Tamizo, in this Residence in the future, many people will be walking back and forth beneath the corridor.”
It is said that in his late years, Tamizo was truly amazed by the fact that Oyasama’s words one after another became a reality.
Anecdotes of Oyasama, pp. 53–54