By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

When I was writing my book on shuriken-jutsu, I traveled to Kita Kyushu City to interview a famous master there. He was in his late seventies and was well-known throughout the country for his iaidō in addition to his shuriken skills.

Apparently, he’d had many requests for permission to write about him, but he’d refused all of them. I was surprised when he gave me permission and kindly answered my questions about his life and background. The reason he gave me was that he viewed me as a “scholar” and knew that I would write about him and the art accurately and truthfully.

He spoke of his youth and training in the various arts of the warrior including horsemanship, blow darts, swordsmanship, shuriken-jutsu and such. He also told me that he had trained as a sennin (mountain ascetic) in his youth. He asked me about the year I was born and told me that I had great spiritual powers and could see things most people can’t. We talked a lot about ki. He had a very strong ki field around him and his aura was brilliant. He spoke of his experiences in China during the Sino-Chinese War and mentioned that he had seen a woman who could project and solidify ki destroy a brick in a wooden box by merely pushing her hand toward the box without touching it.

He showed me his dojo and I asked him if I could take photos of it. He also demonstrated some iaidō moves and threw a few shuriken at an image of an oni (ogre) placed on a tatami mat. I could feel his ki fill the dojo as he went through his performance and could see the trails it left where he’d cut the air looking much like the glow that follows a sparkler in the dark. I photographed his demonstration while I was at it and noticed that he was smiling as I took the photos.

When I got back to Osaka and had the film developed, I was shocked to see the first two photos I’d taken of his dojo and another few at the end of the roll displayed, but there were none of him doing his demonstrations. I checked the negatives and all of the photos of him in the sequence where he did his demonstration were blank! I believe the only explanation for this is that the strong ki field he generated as he did his moves blanked out the photos!

He was a man in control of his environment and I still believe that he even knew the day he would die. The last time I saw him in Kyoto, he told me that this would be the last time we’d meet in this world and I laughed it off because he was in perfect health. Sure enough, he died a month later…

『気』の力

手裏剣術の研究中、有名な名人に会うために北九州市を訪問した。彼は既に70代後半で居合道と手裏剣術で全国的に有名だった。

どうやら、数多くの武術作家が彼にインタビューを要求したが、彼は全員を断った。名人は私の依頼を引き受けたときに驚いた。彼はとても親切に私の全質問に答えた。引き受けた理由を尋ねたると「ビレー先生(その偉い先生は私の未熟な若者を含め、皆を『先生』呼びをしていた)は単なる武道家ではなく、学者だ。正確に伝えるからだ。」と答えた。

彼は武士の武芸訓練について話した。剣術、柔術、手裏剣術、吹き矢などの数多くの分野を学んだ。更に若いときに仙人としての訓練も受けた。その話をした後、私の干支を聞いて、「ビレー先生は霊能力が強く、一般の人が観えないものが見える」と誉めてくれた。そこから『気』について沢山話した。彼のとても強い気が感じたし、オーラも眩しかった。日中戦争中の中国での経験を語ってくれた。軍人としていた頃、痩せた女の人が木箱の中に置いたレンガを箱に触れずにレンガを割った話しもした。

話しが済んだ後、彼は道場を案内した。写真を写す許可を受けてから、中の写真を2枚ほど撮った。名人は居合道のデモンストレーションをした後、数本の手裏剣を畳に掛けた鬼の絵に投げた。デモンストレーション中、彼の気が道場を満たした。剣で空気を切ったところに線香花火のような気の余光が観えた。それらを撮っていた間、名人はカメラを見て不思議に微笑んだ。

大阪に帰ってからフィルムを現像に出した。写真の受け取りに行ったとき、数枚しかないに気付いて驚いた。ネガを調べると、最初の道場の建物の写真とデモンストレーションの後の写真しか写っていなかった!デモンストレーション中に彼が自然に出した気が強過ぎて、写真まで消したとしか考えられない…

その名人は周囲をコントロール出来た凄い仙人だった。彼は自分の死亡日まで知っていたと思う。最後に京都で会ったとき「この世で会うのは最後だ」と私に告げた。当時彼は健康そのものだったので私は笑って「先生、冗談でしょう。先生はまだまだ長生きします!」と言った覚えがある。しかし、1ケ月後さすがに彼はこの世を去った…

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Books published by AELS (AELS出版書籍)

魔女学院&光塾:魔女ガールズの冒険

原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド

日本語編集:伊庭野れい子

Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools – English Edition (魔女学院&光塾(英語)

By Billy Hammond

迷える魔女の戦い (魔女学院&光塾シリーズ第2)

原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド

日本語編集:伊庭野れい子

Lost Witch (Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku Series Book 2) – English Edition (迷える魔女: 魔女学院&光塾第2弾:英語版)

By Billy Hammond

幸せを運ぶ魔法のチャレンジ 魔女学院&光塾シリーズの第3(Fate & Magic Jp)

原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド

日本語編集:伊庭野れい子

“Fate & Magic” Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku Series – Japanese Witch Schools Book 3 – English Edition (幸せを運ぶ魔法のチャレンジの英語版)

By Billy Hammond

Regressed 「過去に生きて・・・」

原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド

日本語編集:伊庭野れい子

Regressed – English Edition

By Billy Hammond

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