Page 53. " Fifty six aeons, seven thousand eras is the age of Bodhisattva Nikin. "

"The old lady" is a Buddhist who is describing nirvana, or enlightenment, in this quote.

Page 53. " No, it's a prayer by Shinran "

Shinran was a Japanese Buddhist monk in the 12th century.

Page 54. " brought out a carefully folded Rising Sun flag "

The Rising Sun flag was the flag of the Japanese military during World War II.

Page 56. " She wore black monpe "
Page 70. " lazy dones of B-29s "