@A biography of Ryôkan, a Buddhist Priest, commemorating the cent of his death. The author Sôma spent the latter 30 years of his life studying Ryôkan. He had already written Ryôkan Bô Monogatari [A Tale of Ryôkan] in 1928. After Ryôkan-Sama, he wrote more books about Ryôkan both for children and adults. The illustrations were by Gôkura Senjin, who did all the binding of Sôma's books for children.
@This book contains 37 anecdotes, twelve verses based on them, and Ryôkan's own Japanese verses of 31 syllables (tanka). For example, "Takenoko Nobiro" ["Grow, Bamboo Shoot"] is a story in which Ryôkan makes a hole in the roof so that a bamboo shoot can grow straight. A song about the same anecdote, "Takenoko Nobiro" ("Takenoko nobiro, ten made nobiro. . ."["Grow, bamboo shoot, grow to the sky. . ."]) is also contained in this book. The anecdotes are divided into sections like "Dogs," "Beggars," and "Children." In particular, Ryôkan's playing with children is described in an atmosphere of the good old days in the countryside.
@In 1935, a sequel Zoku Ryôkan Sama [Buddhist Priest Ryôkan Vol. 2] with 63 anecdotes was published. Ryôkan-Sama was repeatedly published before World War II. After the war, an edition without illustrations was published. An edition in the modern use of Japanese alphabet (kana) was published in 2001 and is still read today.