Because the Venerable Master married as a result of a revelation by Kusekannon Bosatsu救世觀音, he very likely considered his wife Esshin-ni惠信尼（1128-1270）to be the transformed body of Kannnon Bosatsu (the body that Kannon Bosatsu took to appear in this world). Conversely, Esshin-ni considered the Venerable Master to be the transformed body of Kannon Bosatsu in this world. This is evident in letters that she wrote to their youngest daughter Kakushin-ni (1224-1283) following the Venerable Master’s passing. These letters are collectively referred to as “Esshin-ni’s Letters” (Esshin-ni Shosoku惠信尼消息). In one of those letters, Esshin-ni wrote that while they were residing in the village of Shimotsuma in Hitachi Province 常陸國 (Sakai in Ibaraki Prefecture茨城縣 today), she dreamed that the Venerable Master was the incarnation of Kannon Bosatsu. She did not inform the Venerable Master about that dream but that is how she seems to have considered him from then on.
At any rate, the Venerable Master and his wife revered each other as embodiments of Kannon Bosatsu in this world. That’s why I believe theirs must be considered an ideal marriage. Another very impressive comment in another of “Esshin-ni’s Letters” is her statement that regardless of the way in the Venerable Master left this world, there is absolutely no doubt that he was “born in the Pure Land” (ojo). This letter was written in response to a letter from Kakushin-ni in which the particulars of how the Venerable Master left this world was described. Because Kakushin-ni’s letter does not remain today, we can only speculate that bright lights did not flash, nor music heard (as is often the case in describing the deaths of outstanding Buddhist monks), or whether or not the Venerable Master suffered even a little in deathbed. But in response to Kakushin-ni’s letter, Esshin-ni was adamant in telling her daughter that regardless of the Venerable Master’s last moments, there was no doubt that he was born in the Pure Land. She obviously had no doubt that in his everyday life, the Venerable Master spent his days absolutely confident that his birth in the Pure Land was assured because his shinjin was settled. This is referred to as being in “(the group of) those guaranteed to be born (in the Pure Land) from which there is no retrogression” (shojoju futaiten). I believe this is indeed a wonderful thing.