A Living God by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo)

Literature & Life

01-06-2022 • 8 mins

A Living God story illustrates a crucial event in the life of Goryo Hamaguchi (1820-1885), the current Yamasa Corporation's owner, who stood firm on numerous important political and regulatory footings in Japan. In 1854, Hamaguchi rescued many lives in Hirogawa, Wakayama, when a massive tidal wave wreaked havoc on the promontory. Following the wave, Hamaguchi used his own money to construct a 600-meter defensive barrier with a width of 20 metres and a level of five metres, limiting the damage caused by subsequent tidal waves. He, too, worked in the field of training and established a secure foundation for learning Japanese fencing and Chinese painting. According to Shintoism, the traditional Japanese faith, kami, or sanctified spirits, manifest themselves as life-giving elements such as wind, rain, mountains, trees, and so on. People are also adored as kami and are cherished when they pass away. The accompanying story informs us about one such man, Goryo Hamaguchi, who became a living God as a result of his acts of kindness.


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