198. With Any Flower (donna hana demo na)
Once Yonosuke Shimizu, Shirobei Umetani, and Tora Hirano had gathered before Oyasama and were talking with each other about how their [confraternities] were not advancing as they had hoped. Oyasama said:
“With any flower, there are years when it blooms and there are years when it does not bloom. Even if it does not bloom one year, when the year changes it will bloom again.”
It is said that Oyasama comforted them in this way.
Anecdotes of Oyasama, pp. 155–156