I UNDERSTAND and sympathize with the troubles of the lay priest Yagenta.1 I hope that you, Kakushō-bō,2 will convey word of this situation to his lord.
With my deep respect,
The eighteenth day of the seventh month
All that remains of this letter is this brief fragment. No details have come to light about Kakushō-bō, the recipient, or the situation the Daishonin refers to.
1. Yagenta may refer to Hōjō Yagenta, a follower of Nichiren Daishonin who lived in Kamakura. He was a member of the ruling Hōjō clan. In 1268 the Daishonin sent him one of eleven letters of remonstrance (see p. 320) when a delegate from the Mongol Empire arrived with the ruler’s missive demanding tribute from Japan.
2. Kakushō-bō was a disciple of the Daishonin, but little is known about him.