by Linda Okazaki
Temple Daianzi is nestled against a hill in the Daianzi neighborhood of Okayama city. We arrived promptly for our 10:00 AM appointment with Yokoyama-san. Prepared to politely sip tea and learn that no documents could be found, we were thrilled when the priest handed us a copy of the “Danshin-tocho” which recorded Okazaki deaths dating back to the Tenpo period, roughly 1830- to 1844. It will be interesting to get the paper translated. Unfortunately, some of the individuals are only listed by Kaimyo, or Buddhist names given at death, as opposed to birth names. Regardless, it was an interesting find.