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my thought of gods.#3

in japan, even today, most people think many non-living-things have lives, though they cannot take to say clearly. so, japanese horror movies have nonsence creatures from point of western modern viewing. but we’ve thrown out our traditional thinking. therfore, for young people in japan today such creatures might be thought nonsence.

town and countryside overflow with garbage. we are wasting a lot of things. it’s not our traditional style.

do you know the word ‘mottainai’? we use this even for gods. gods are ‘mottainai’ and ‘arigatai’ beings.

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about obon.

obon ended. accordingly, i’ll return to my usual work tomorrow. i had 4 days off for obon.

nowadays we have obon from aug.13 to aug.15. it was originally held from jul.13 to jul.15. when a new calendar was adopted at jan.01.1873, people found gaps in the old and the new for about one month. so, they made to delay the time of obon one month. now, we called it ‘tsuki okure no obon’.

on my mother’s side of the family, we hold a big party every two years, which is sponsored by cousins. we also have one or two-day trip at the same time. in present japan, cousins associate like our family is very rare.

this year , aug.12, we, the group of 30 people, went to akiyoshidai in yamaguchi prefecture. akiyoshidai is very famous for the limestone cave named shuhodo. we returned from the trip and hold the party. we had a very nice time.

btw, obon is time when we worship our ancestors. we come to the grave and back the house with our ancestors’ spirits on aug.13. and we bring back spirits to the grave on aug.15.

obon is said a festivity originates from buddhism. but all buddhists in various countries don’t do the same style obon.

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belatedly, i should learn php, shouldn’t i?

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MT ver.4.0rc4

at last, it came to be able to use MT ver.4.0rc4. 🙂

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my thought of gods.#2

long time! too long. so, i can’t remenber what i was going to write.

but, of course, about gods.

in old days, all over the world, all human races had a lot of gods in their myth. their gods were not far from themselves. originally, gods were familiar people and things, like ancestors, heros, heroines, rivers, mountains, forests and so on.

in countries the christianity and islam had spread to, their old gods fell.

in modern times, most of advanced countries are the christianity nations in western europe. so, even today, christianity ideas of western europe are predominant in the world.

other countries, however, have a different way of thoughts of gods.

in japan, we have a lot of gods still now. some japanese people think an excellent old artificial thing makes itself a god someday. all living and nonliving matter have the ability to be a god.

this is maybe a blasphemous idea for a monotheist. the japanese accepted the buddhism in the former part of the 6th century. we also did the christianity in the middle of the 16th. but nature of japanese is an animist, i think.

japanese say “i’m an atheist.”. and i think the word atheist probably surprises monotheists, like christians and muslims. but it does not have the original meaning of the word. it perhaps means “i’m not one of believers of monotheistic religion.”

still now, most of japanese believe their old gods in somewhere of their mind. if we don’t, why do we go the beach or the mountain and worship the sunrise on new year’s day?

off-talk voice : i’m not young anymore. so, the younger generation’s opinion might be different.

to resume the thread of my talk :
have you read kojiki? this is one of the oldest books in japan and a mixture of the history and the myth. originally, kojiki is all written by chinese character. not chinese language, but chinese character. our ancestors made up a phonographic writing system by using chinese character. the system is called a manyogana.

when i read kojiki for the first time, i was a junior high school student. of course, i couldn’t read senteces written by manyoganas. so i read kojiki was written by old writing of chinese character Japanese syllabary mixing.
still it was very difficult for me. but stories in it were very intresting.

the first part of kojiki tells us how the japanese islands were born. a god and a goddess looked down expanse of water. sea? this is biginning. kojiki tells nothing about before the biginning time.

but water as far as they can reach!! it probably means they had a big flood, like the deluge. don’t you think?

two gods, izanagi and izanami, stirred it by a pike slowly and drops dripped from it when they pulled the pike up. the drops hardend and became an island.

this is a myth. izanagi and izanami were parents of the japanese islands and some gods. but when did they make or bear ordinary people? ordinary people in kojiki appeared unnoticed. gods izanagi and izanami didn’t bear existed. where did they come from?

we have no history book is older than kojiki in japan. besides, kojiki is not a pure history book.

in its long history, japanese have accepted various religions and thoughts, such as the buddhism, the confucianism, and the christianity, etc. but we still have our original religion, the faith of mother nature.

all living and non-living things have own spirit.

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my thought of gods.

do you know the one of the Studio Ghibli’s animation, ‘Heisei tanuki gassen pompoko (1994) ‘?

if you were raised in japan, it is a last idea that this is not for children.
i am a japanese, so I agree with you.
but if you are not, you may not agree with us.
on the contrary, you don’t think it must be shown to children. if you profess the monotheism, like Christianity, Judaism and Islamism.
because in the animation there are gods whose true character are tanuki or so.
apart from this, some people may blame this animaton for drawing mail tanuki with his testicles.

as tanuki is one of popular animals in japan, we have a lot of folklore about it.ShigTanu.jpg

in folklore, our image of tanuki has a jocular mood compared with kitsune’s. both of them can turn themselves into other things. but kitsune is clever and smart. on the other hand, tanuki is foolish and soft-hearted.
according to folklore, great mail tanuki has very flexible testicles. when they extend the biggest, its size is 8 tatami width.
in japan, even today, sigaraki ware tanuki can be seen evreywhere.

like this:→

in 1951, shigaraki ware tanukis greeted showa emperor along the route at shigaraki town. such is not rude, they are very popular.

when i think about my religious belief, i find myself neither a buddhist nor a shintoist. i don’t believe in god which christian, jew or muslim have a faith in. i have a faith in something of nature, though.
when i pay a visit to a shrine, i join my hands in prayer and make a bow. at that time i don’t think i call some image of gods to mind. but i have a pious feeling or somethig.
it’s narural feeling for me.

as one of my student lent me it, i’ve read ‘The Da Vinci Code’ in japanese.
i love books. but i hate best-selling books. it’s reaon why i didn’t read it till now. my comment after reading through is that “it’s an entertainment for adults is the same as ‘HARRY POTTER’ is an entertainment for children”.

for christians, its theme is shocking. but for me, it’s no problem.

Christ, Buddha, and Muhammad, they all were born as mail human beings.
there’s no doubt in these facts.

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back to the job.

05/Apr/2006, Wed, rainy and cooly.
My day offs was over.

we had a spring storm yesterday.
cherry trees in full blossom were exposed to the rain.
from my car I saw the lightning flashed and made the night sky suddenly bright.
so beatiful and thrilling.

i composed a haiku. like this.
haru no ame hikari no tabi ni otonabiru.
春の雨 光のたびに 大人びる

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I take days off between 30 Mar. and 2 Apr.

31/Mar/2006, Fri, Cloudy.
these days i have real days off.

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Hotaru no haka.

i found this here. have you seen the drama on TV?

~ドラマ化に寄せて~ 原作者 野坂昭如





and i translated. i apology about my poor translation in advance.

‘The message for the drama’  From Nosaka Akiyuki

  I know the drama and the original novel are completely different productions.
  I, as the writer, am happy if my novel has a different role and can tell the disaster of the war to people who live now, 60 years after the end of WWII. People take “Hotaru no haka” as the story of the beautiful love between a brother and a sister during the cruel war (because of the animation). But in fact, I was survived, and in addition, not such a gentle elder brother. No one lived easily in that time. Man risked his life in the war and woman also struggled to survive.

  I had no experiences to attend the battlefield. I learned, however, the war the hard way, which made me a person who was destroyed and lost one’s home in air raids. What I must tell the generation in Japan today which has not experienced the war is the war creats noting and drives human’s judgment mad.

  For the young person in Japan today, the international situation and the national problem seem to be existence like the harmless cloud passes overhead of them. Even if they are not related to the war directly, they have relations each other someday. I think Japan is approaching the war little by little.
  It is a young generation who can have the serious vision of the future.
  Do not believe all content reported in the mass communication such as the newspapers and the televisions. First, doubt whether it is correct.
  Besides, a word is important. The opinion may be different. We must talk each other by using our own word. It will make a talk between countries.

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cherry blossoms

25/Mar/2006, Sunny
There’re cherry blossom trees in the school garden.
A few cherry buds are swelling today.
I feel Spring coming.