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Even Kashima’s kaname-ishi* stone loses its effect over time. We can study the cause of an earthquake and announce its epicenter after it happened. Yet, this doesn’t stop an earthquake. A loyal warrior, Fujita Toko** was crushed to death under falling beams, while trying to save his mother. It is the most regrettable event in a thousand years. When can we ever escape from this living hell?
*The keystone of Kashima Jingu shrine, which is believed to have the power of preventing earthquakes.
**A renowned scholar from the Mito domain, who died during the Ansei Edo Earthquake in 1855.