Make safety your foremost consideration
when leaving the house.
Don’t forget to exercise “your usual prudence”(*)
and make plans that are flexible.
Spend your Golden Week holidays meaningfully and
make it an opportunity to refresh your energy, as well
as expanding friendships!
(*)”The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra,” WND p. 1000
“It is a matter of rejoicing that your usual prudence and courage, as well as your firm faith in the Lotus Sutra, enabled you to survive unharmed.”
NOTE: Japan is entering a special ten-day “Golden Week” which this year comprises compounded holidays: April 29 (Showa Day–originally Emperor Showa’s birthday); May 1- Accession of new emperor and start of the new era, Reiwa; May 3 (Constitution
Memorial Day), May 4 (Greenery Day); May 5 (Children’s Day) and May 6 (Children’s Day observed). April 30 and May 2 are also national holidays due to the rule that any day that falls between national holidays also becomes a holiday!
Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.