By OOMORI Sogen (written in 1965)
July 19th is the day of Yamaoka Tesshu's death. He passed away at the age of 53 on this day in 1888, which makes this year the 68th anniversary of his death. Kohoin Temple was built on the site of Tesshu's home, and he became the founding teacher, with his given name (taka-yuki = kou-ho) becoming the temple name. On this day, I think it's not entirely pointless to recall his memory and express our good wishes.