A Picture Scroll of Ghosts
This handscroll is about five mysterious stories. The first and the second sections: A men happened to notice two boys holding a wrestling match. One of them was plump while the other looked emaciated. Before he could find them, the wrestling pair disappeared. The next evening, the same thing happened. The man took his bow and shot the wrestling pair. When morning came, he looked for his arrow, and found the carcasses of an ant and a leech lying nearby. The third section: One evening, a woman was roasting chestnuts. When she ate the chestnuts, a white hand emerged and seemed to be asking for a share. The next morning when the woman examined the place where the hand emerged, she found only a ladle. The forth section: At night, when a woman was reciting the nembutsu, she saw a long-eared priest peeping in through a crack in a door. In the light of morning, she found that the seeming phantom was simply the long handle of an old wine decanter. The fifth section: A men was sleeping beside a container filled with water. A fly fell into the water and was about to die. But another man rescued it in time. The fly then ran into the nose of the sleeping man. When he woke up, he said he dreamed of drowning in an ocean from which he had been suddenly and unexpectedly rescued in the nick of time. The sixth section: In the evening, a lonely woman cast her gaze about the empty fields. She said that she wished someone might come to visit her, even though he might be just a scarecrow. Before long, a man visited her every night. Curious to his identity, the women attached a thread to his garment. When she followed the thread, it led her straight to a scarecrow standing in a field.