Anju became a different person after she and her brother had a terrible dream.
In the dream, the two were burnt for trying to excape from Sansho-dayu’s place, but the Buddhist stature protected them.
Anju didn’t talk much after the dream.
Her eyes looked far away as if she were thinking about the far future.
Zushio was very worried, but Anju always said,
“It’s nothing. Don’t worry.”
Seasons came and went.
The next spring, Zushio was really surprised when Anju suddenly asked Sansyo-dayu’s assistant,
“May I please go and work in the mountains with my brother?”
“Very well. But collecting firewood is a man’s job.
I will let you do that with your brother, but you must have short hair like a boy”
“Of course, sir.
Please cut off my hair.”
With on swing of a knife, Anju’s long beautiful hair was chopped off.
The next day, Anju and Zushio went to the mountains together.
Anju climbed higher and higher up.
Zushio wondered why,
“Sister, we passed out working place.”
”You don’t have to worry， Zushio．
Just follow me.”