Insights into the Anecdotes: Zenroku Okamoto (1849–1912) and His Wife, Shina, (1856–1912), Anecdote 86 “Great Salvation”

The Anecdote (Summary)   Shina, wife of Zenroku Okamoto of Nagahara Village in Yamato Province, had seven pregnancies. However, only two children, the eldest son, Eitaro, and the youngest daughter, Kan, survived. Sometime around August 1881 a farmer named Tarobei Imada—who owned about six hectares (15 acres) of rice fields…

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Insights into the Anecdotes: Toshiro Yamamoto (1850–1928), Anecdote 62: “East from Here”

The Anecdote (Summary)   In December 1878, Togoro, father of Toshiro Yamamoto of Kasa Village in Yamato, came down with a serious eye disease. The father’s condition gradually grew more serious and became untreatable. Even incantations proved to be ineffective. Toshiro, having no other course opened to him, was in…

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