Before I embarked on my voyage, the Master came to talk to me, "Kyoto is no longer the serene and beautiful place it once was. The place you're heading for is a living hell. Are you prepared for that?" I looked at his dignified yet cold face and replied firmly, "I understand." But my hands were sweating so that I could barely hold my bow. The Master sighed and said, "If you are ever in danger, run for your life. Your mission is to be there when everything is over. To bring new life and blessings to that ruined place. But until the time comes, you must hide well and protect yourself." I was about to say something, but he continued, "I will protect you when it is necessary." I held tight my bow and nodded in silence.