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169. This Suits Me Very Well, Doesn’t It? (yō niau yaro na)

In Her later years, Oyasama used to say to Hisa Kajimoto, who was attending to Her:

“Tell me if there is something you want.”


“If you want to buy something, do so and say that you have bought it for Grandmother.”

Oyasama once bought a gaily colored cloth from a textile peddler and, throwing it over Her shoulders, said with a smile:

“This suits Me very well, doesn’t it?”

And She gave it to Hisa, saying:

“Keep this for yourself.”

On another occasion, Oyasama bought a coral beaded hairpin from a tortoise shell worker who came from Nagasaki, and putting it in Her hair, said:

“This is beautiful, isn’t it?”

She then gave it to Hisa, saying:

“Now you shall have this.”

Thus, occasionally, Oyasama bought something for Herself first and then later gave it to someone else. It is surmised that Her intention was to let others be able to accept these gifts without reserve. And, truly, people who received a gift from Oyasama were stirred with deep emotion.

Anecdotes of Oyasama, p. 136

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168. A Boat Ride (funa asobi)

Oyasama once said to Her granddaughter, Hisa Kajimoto (later Hisa Yamazawa):

“I would like to go for a boat ride. Were I to go, I would not be able to come back for two or three years.”

It is said that with these words Oyasama foretold the day when the teachings of God the Parent would spread overseas.

Anecdotes of Oyasama, pp. 135-136

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157. These Are Good Hands (ē te ya nā)

Whenever Oyasama was tired, granddaughter Hisa Kajimoto would say, “Please let me massage you.”

“Please give me a massage,”

Oyasama would say. So Hisa would massage Her. When she was finished, Oyasama would take Hisa’s hands and say:

“These are good hands,”

and would gently stroke them. Oyasama also used to say as if She were singing:

“You do not need any money to be devoted to your parents. Just give them a massage to make them happy.”

Anecdotes of Oyasama, p. 127

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124. A Drawstring Made of Wood Shavings (Japanese title: Kanna kuzu no himo)

In 1883, during the time of the construction of the Resting House, Hisa Kajimoto would take a sewing lesson every night from Oyasama.

One night, Hisa learned how to make a bag by sewing pieces of material one inch square together. But she could not find any cord to use as a drawstring. Just as she was wondering, “What shall I do?” Oyasama said:

“Dear Ohisa, will you go and get those wood shavings?”

When Hisa brought the wood shavings, Oyasama skillfully braided them into a cord which She then threaded through the opening of the bag.

Oyasama often carried a purse similar to this when She now and then visited the Kajimoto family of Ichinomoto. On each occasion, She would take some sweets in the purse so She could give them to the children of the family and also to the children of the neighborhood. The purses were of patches of various colors, such as red and yellow. And for their drawstrings, wood shavings were sometimes braided into a cord, and other times, paper-thin wood shavings were twisted into string.

Anecdotes of Oyasama, pp. 102-103

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