Is she really senile? I think she realized what worship really means.

Bunroku Shishi



The former teacher, "one of the survivors of female students in the Meiji Era," retired and became hooked on going to the theater. She got deeply into an actor and collected his photos, but he suddenly died. Subsequently, she also lost a man who was a colleague teacher. Since there is no his photo, she puts the actor's photo on the Buddhist altar and says prayers for the repose of her former colleague's soul. People around her say "she's senile," but whose soul doesn't matter in praying for the repose. I' ll be nobody soon too. From short story "A Photograph."


"June 23  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"