Friday, October 16, 2009

Japanese Reading This Summer - 3

There are some authors who do not allow readers to put down their book. The author of this "Ten - Chi - Jin", Masashi Hisaka is one of them. There is almost a rhythm of his sentences. When you dance in a disco with dance musics with beat of your kind, you cannot stop dancing. I would feel in the same way as reading his sentences. It was good thing that I could keep reading rhythmically, but bad news for me is the fact that I could not do anything else but reading his book.

Quite honestly, I did not have good impression on either Kanetsugu Naoe or Kagekatsu Uesugi, since I thought they missed the Shogun position after all, and survived by changing their loyalty to their masters who became Shogun later on. But, this book changed entire impression of Naoe and Uesugi. I almost believe myself that "Love" Naoe advocated is transmitted to my brain through this book.

Masashi Hisaka, the author described Naoe and the people around him in his age as alive as they could be, including their tears, sweat, blood, pain, and effort. Despite the fact that Naoe being very good general and fighter, at the same time excellent governpr loved by his people. Japanese some times say "Bunbu - Ryodo". It means prominent in fighting in war at the same time good at politics and achademic field. Naoe was one of few general who was good at the time of war or peace. But he was not a saint, the author was successful vividly describing his agony, pain, and fear of fighting and surviving the difficult time.

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Marketing Unscrambled, learn to earn 14 said...

Hello Shaw,

What is the photo? It is lovely. How is a saint? We all have weaknesses. If he did his best to protect his people and govern the best that he could and the people had love for him. That is a good leader. I think that we could use a few more like him today. These are things that we can all learn from no matter what country they came from.

Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

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Shaw said...

Hi Dan & Deanna,

The Photo is the armor of Kanetsugu Naoe. His helmet is famous having a decoration with Japanese - Chinese Character of "Love". I will explain a little bit more in later post.

You are right about the fact that he was a good leader. He gave priority to his people and his master's clan.

I will contact you later.

Best wishes,
Shaw Funami
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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shaw .. it is really interesting hearing the word 'love' flowing through stories on war .. and I'm so pleased you obviously just lost yourself in your stories.

It is amazing how they are so like us .. but without our ability to communicate instantly, or learn things - perhaps without experiencing them .. via books etc - if we take the lessons to our hearts.

We can learn so much from our ancestors .. and the interpretation passed down through the ages ..

Thanks - Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Shaw said...

Hi Hilary,

These are the very points I need to be careful in translating my Japanese article to English. I wanted English readers to fully understand or at least find something makes sense to them.

Yes, it looks like contradictory talking about "Love" in war time for killing. But, it made perfect sense for this general in many ways. I will talk about it in the following articles.

Thank you for your comment.
Shaw Funami
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