Thousand arm Goddess of Mercy
At the site where the main building of the Kongo Temple was swept away by a tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, a fire burns in a rite on Sept. 11, 2011, the six-month anniversary of the March 11 quake and tsunami. The ceremony was attended by Buddhist monks from six prefectures of the Tohoku area of northeastern Japan and some 250 other people. The March 11 disaster killed more than 15,700 people, while 4,000 remain missing, mainly in the Tohoku area. (Kyodo)
In the house east of here lives an old woman.
Three or four years ago, she got rich.
In the old days she was poorer than I;
Now she laughs at me for not having a penny.
She laughs at me for being behind;
I laugh at her for getting ahead.
We laugh as though we’d never stop;
She from the east and I from the west!
Cold Mountain: 100 Poems by the T’ang Poet Han-shan (trans. Burt Watson, 1970)