Hail in the Begging Bowl allows Taneda to see through the nature of someone's ability immediately if activated near him. For instance, he was able to understand how the information exchange ability of Sigma works upon meeting up with him during the hostage incident orchestrated by the Decay of Angels. Moreover, as stated by Ango Sakaguchi, Taneda's ability helped the Special Division for Unusual Powers bury countless of malevolent and hostile ability users.
The real-life Santōka Taneda wrote several free-verse haiku compositions, in which one of the short phrases he had written was "hail in the begging bowl" (
This phrase was later used as the title of an essay by James Abrams on Taneda's life and spiritual journey entitled Hail in the Begging Bowl: The Odyssey and Poetry of Santōka.
- As translated by James Abrams, the haiku verse specifically reads:
Into my metal bowl too,
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- 福岡県岡垣町 『 鐵鉢（ てっぱつ ） の中へも霰 （ あられ ） 』 種田山頭火 Goo.ne.jp (in Japanese).
- Hail in the Begging Bowl: The Odyssey and Poetry of Santoka. The Haiku Foundation Digital Library.
- A bowl of rice: An Introduction to the Haiku of Taneda Santoka. Simply Haiku.