It has been my desire for over 30 years to be here in Usuki and see the stone statues of Buddha, his dependents. Many wishes, desires have gone away among my hands for long time. So many visions vanished into dust. Nothing was left to be certain.
After I passed through the strong wind from seashore, I found an guide post that leads me to the destination.
Walking up along the path spreading around the stone statues, I felt a strange shadow approaching me. It was a vague, sparkling image in the shimmer under autumn leaves.
The shadow gradually transformed into a certain shape. That was a little girl, stretching her hand for me. She smiled and took my hand and walked on with me. It was just a daydream, but I had a queer sensation that I met her somewhere, sometime in times past.
She began to walk fast, suddenly stopped and pointed a wooden explanation plate with her fine finger. Then she stepped foward to one of the stone statue in front of me, and disappeared into the stone. I could not take my eyes off the place where she vanished.
The statue was carved out of a part of the cliff, and was considered to be build in the 12th century. Eight hundreds years is almost same meaning as eternity, compared to my lifetime. Suddenly, A voice explaining stone Buddhas could be heard from down the path.