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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Usui in context - the great Kanto earthquake of 1923

"In September of (1923), there was a great earthquake and a conflagration broke out. Everywhere there were groans of pain from the wounded. Sensei (teacher), feeling pity for them, went out every morning to go around the town, and he cured and saved an innumerable number of people. This is just a broad outline of his relief activities during such an emergency."

From the Mikao Usui memorial stone (translated by Hyakuten Inamoto)

The above passage is exerpted from Janet Dagley Dagley's article, "Usui in Context: the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923', originally published in December, 2010 after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. We republish it now as the world focuses on helping and healing Japan in the aftermath of disaster. To read the article in its entirety, click here.


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