Also, there's something else that came up while I was autistically researching the Phos-Sensei connection that I hadn't seen anyone else point out so far.
Whenever Sensei's shown to be meditating/sleeping, he always rests his left hand over the right one. Now one might think this is a generic meditation pose, but there might be something deeper and even a visual clue to take.
What the position is immediately reminding of is called the Dhyanamudr?: that is the mudr? (physical gesture incarnating a spiritual truth, the same you do in yoga) that you actually see in many Buddhistic statues, especially the ones representing the Buddha Amitabha himself.
Now the dhyanamudr? is formed with the RIGHT hand over the left one, to signify that the truth of enlightenment (right) trumps the illusions of the world (left). Why would Sensei consistently do the reverse then?
Is that Ichikawa's in-joke to tell us he's not really meditating, but only taking a nap? Is it symbolic of his visions and dreams of lotus and enlightenment being fake after all? Does it tell us that he sees himself as undeserving and as a true bodhisattva, therefore subject to the world of illusions he created for the gems himself? Is Ichikawa even a real person?
Bonus for extra autism: the legs position Sensei usually meditates in is called the adamantine position and he sleeps in a diamond-like octagon (I don't think I have to explain the octagon relevance in Buddhism).>>185998237
Are you dead inside?