Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Japanese Reading This Summer - 5

There are lots of episode on Naoe Kanetsugu as this book, "Ten - Chi - Jin" mentions.  If I were asked to select 3, I will select the followings:

1.  Naoe was subject of Uesugi.  Toyotomi, who unified all Japan, master of Uesugi, wanted Naoe to be direct subject of Toyotomi.  Toyotomi told people that Naoe is one of the few who he can relay on to rule Japan that time.  When Toyotomi asked Naoe if Naoe is interested in working for Toyotomi, Naoe told Toyotomi that Uesugi is only master of his and this will never change for his life no matter what happens.

2.  When Uesugi was moved from central Japan to northern Japan, Naoe told all Uesugi subjects that it depends on their own decision if they move with Uesugi or leave.  He assured that subjects leaving will be introduced to some other new masters.  The record indicates that there was no single subject left Uesugi despite the fact that their territories and yeild became less than 1/3 of before.

3.  In order to feed entire country after their move to northern Japan, Naoe recommended Samurai to help farmers and assure their own yield and food.  He had done lots of civil constructions including building bank to stop flooding for better rice yield.  50 years after his time, rice yield of his country got doubled.

He never betrayed his master.  He always gave priority of his people, his master, and other subjects.  Your priority is your master, your clan, your mission.  Your own self is always second.  One of basics of Samurai spirits.  He had never forgot "Gi - Ultimate Righteousness" and "Ai - Love"

It happened to be all his political episodes today.  I will list his military side of talent in next article.

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Marketing Unscrambled, learn to earn 14 said...

Hello Shaw,

We see why he was so loved by the people. He stayed by them. Helped and honored them. He made sure that their was enough for all even in tough times. His loyalty was something that we do not see to much of today. We need more people like him now. We can learn so much from this great and loved man. No he is not perfect, but he was a good man with a good heart.

Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Shaw said...

Hi Dan and Deanna,

Yes, he is good man with good heart. I totally agree with you. Foot steps like his later form road. Now we need to find the road and walk on it. It would not be easy, but it would be glorious later.

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Shaw Funami
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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shaw .. how very interesting .. and as Dan and Deanna spell out - Naoe has become one of those essential icons of life - that we learn from for their loyalty and care for others.

Naoe was always learning and encouraging others to help themselves too ..

Thanks - Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Shaw said...

Hello Hilary,

Yes, I found Noe is very interesting person. And until the author of this book "Ten - Chi - Jin" found him and introduced him, he was not very famous or popular. It seems to me that he wanted that way not to be famous.

Thank you for your comment.
Shaw Funami
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