9 – Rejoining Friends

“Rotsū came to Tsuraga to welcome me back, and we travelled together to Mino Province. Our
journey was made easier by having horses to ride. When we arrived at Ōgaki, Sora joined us
from Ise. Etsujin had also galloped in on horseback, and we all gathered together at Jokō’s house.
All day and night, my closest friends – Zensenji, Keikō, Keikō’s sons, and others – came to visit.
They seemed as happy and concerned as if I had just returned from the dead.

Despite my travel weariness, I set out on the sixth day of the ninth month (18 October) to witness
the rebuilding of the Great Shrine at Ise. As I stepped again into a boat, I wrote:”