February 10, 2019 will be the 64th year Memorial Anniversary of Meishu-sama's departure from the physical realm.
During Meishu-sama's purification, mysterious changes took place in his physical body. Fivelines appeared on the inside of his left hand. On each finger and on the thumb a crease running from the tip of the digit to the middle of the palm emerged as distinctly as if it had been etched. So startling was the phenomenon that Meishu-sama's assistants asked an experienced palmist what the significance might be. The phenomenon was explained as meaning that a divine being of a high order had appeared. Sometimes Meishu-sama stared at the lines as if he knew their significance.
Another mysterious phenomenon involved his hair, which had been silvery white since he was a young man. About the same time that the lines appeared on his hand, three streaks of black hair appeared behind his ears. The hair was as dark as that of a child. His barber said that in twenty years as a barber it was the first time he had seen such a phenomenon.
February 7, 1955
Meishu-sama stayed in bed that day, resting, and on the eighth he felt some relief from his purification. Feeling better, he said he wanted to go and see the construction at the Atami Zuiun- kyo Grounds. The assistants looking after him were apprehensive but took him there by car, settled him in his wheelchair and escorted him around the grounds. As long as he could draw breath, he wanted to direct the construction of the Sacred Grounds. He pushed himself beyond his physical limits for the sake of advancing God's plan. The sight of Meishu-sama devoting himself entirely to God's work awed his assistants, who sighed with relief once he was safely back at his residence after the inspection.
Acquiring art for the benefit of the general public
For Meishu-sama, February 8 was a day for great rejoicing. That afternoon a work of art he had long desired, a tea-storage jar with an over glaze enamel design of wisteria, was delivered to him. The vessel - known popularly as Fujitsubo, or Wisteria Jar - was made by Nonomura Ninsei (ca. 1574-1660), a Kyoto ceramist who was a master of the potter's wheel. It is a masterpiece embodying the quintessence of Ninsei's art. of Ninsei's art. of Ninsei's art. of Ninsei's art. of Ninsei's art.
Toward the end of 1954, as soon as Meishu-sama learned of the possibility of acquiring the Wisteria Jar, he became determined to buy it. A very famous piece, the jar had been designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government, and its owners would accept nothing less than thirty million yen. Because the organization did not have that much money, Meishu-sama decided to part with his former residence in Tamagawa, which had long been an object of legal dispute. An out-of-court settlement was reached, and part of that money was used to purchase the jar.
When the Wisteria Jar was delivered, Meishu-sama, seated in a chair, was looking out at the garden. The jar was removed from its wooden box, and he gazed long at it in appreciative silence, joyful to the bottom of his heart. With the world-renowned piece in front of Meishu-sama, the room radiated an aura of tranquility. That night he slept with the Wisteria Jar close by his pillow.
Originally the jar was to have been delivered after the eighth. However, the delivery date was changed at the seller's convenience. Meishu-sama's condition took a serious turn for the worse on the afternoon of the ninth, and he lost consciousness. Had the jar arrived that day, he would not have been able to keep near him the famous piece he had so long desired or to savor its beauty. After his transition, his assistants remarked on how the jar had arrived in time and how wonderful it was that he had been able to enjoy it. They felt it was a miracle that the piece had arrived while he was still alive.
February 9, 1955
After giving instructions on the construction of the gardens at Hakone and Atami and on the remodeling of the Hakone Museum of Art annex and on inaugurating it, he went into the living room. He sat looking out the window at the old plum trees, with their crimson and white blossoms, and at the winter-flowering cherry trees. With the mild sunlight in the garden hinting at spring, Meishu-sama continued to gaze at the trees in the quiet of his home. at the trees in the quiet of his home.
February 10, 1955
When the flowering plums were at the peak of their beauty, his physical life of seventy-two years peacefully ended.
"I have known a love
Far beyond this bound
And encircled life of ours.
A love indeed surpassing
Any I have known before.
Whenever I look
At the past years of my life,
I realize now
Each step I took was guided,
Watched and protected by God.
As if some event, Wondrous, joyous,
Would happen at any moment,
My heart sings through the day.
In this spirit, the day ends."