Our Most Venerated Ancestor
Tsuzura: You must be terribly bored if you have nothing better to do than stand there and watch us. How about I give you some work?
Tsuzura: My sister left to clean the cotton kerchiefs we use to polish our shells but she is slow to return.
Tsuzura: Might you go and check the shores around the eastern cove to make sure nothing has happened to her?
Tsuzura: My sister went to wash our cotton kerchiefs but she does not return. Please check the area around the eastern cove to make sure no ill has befallen her.
Tsuzura's Sister: Madam/Sir, please. I do not mean to be rude, but I have not the time to entertain anyone right now. The kerchiefs I was sent to wash were swept away by a strong gust of wind, and I must retrieve them before they are lost forever!
Tsuzura's Sister: Tsuzura sent you to look for me? <sigh> My sister has always been impatient. I must hurry. I do not want to be scolded again. Please, might you assist me in my search?
Tsuzura's Sister: I will inspect the deep seas, so can you scour the coast? Let us meet back here once we are finished.
Tsuzura's Sister: How did your search go?
Tsuzura's Sister: One... Two... Three... That should be everything! Thank the kami! Thank you! Your keen eyes have spared my ears another long-winded lecture.
Tsuzura's Sister: I always come here to launder our kerchiefs because they become much softer when they are dried under the sun.
Tsuzura's Sister: Unfortunately, they have gotten damp, so I will have to hang them out again. If you are returning to Tamamizu, please tell my sister I will be just a bit longer.
Tsuzura: My sister lost the kerchiefs again? <sigh> Thank you for helping her gather them.
Tsuzura: Ah, you are staring again. You want to know whose shell we are polishing, I take it? This one once belonged to a venerated ancestor of ours, who was reckoned a sage among our people.
Tsuzura: Upon his death, his soul took up residence in his shell. We hang it on the gate to our village that he might continue to keep us safe.
Tsuzura: After watching over Tamamizu for a few centuries, his soul will eventually depart from this place, and he will be reborn as a kami.
Tsuzura: To thank him for his years of dedicated service, we regularly take down and polish his shell.
Tsuzura: For your help, we will ask that he also protect you. Thank you, madam!