日々の読書、愛犬たち、翻訳、手芸など


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The Senkaku Dispute

In the days when Nixon was President, Henry Kissinger said
that the Senkaku Islands should return to Japan.
His voice was recorded along with Perterson's, who asserted
that US had to think of Taiwan as well.


US returned the Senkaku Islands and Okinawa.
But later when China opened her gate to US and Japan,
China asked Japan to put the territorial issue a matter of undecision
or pending.
Then US bought Ishihara the former Tokyo governer and told him
to claim the Islands.
He raised the fund to purchase the islands from the Japanese family,
who owned it for centuries.
To make the matter a little more complicated, the former prime minister
Noda bought the islands.
Those who had donated money to Tokyo Metropolitan demanded for refund.
China has been busy sending people and ships.
Some Chinese ship deliberately hit the Japanese partolling ship;
they say they hit the patrolling ship on the stern by ax.
[PR]
by ars_maki | 2013-06-13 11:48

The Musashi of the Shyowa Era


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This is Kunii Zenya (1894-1966), great master of Kendoh or
Way of the Sword. Kendoh is a modern Japanese martial art,
descending from traditional swordsmanship, using bamboo swords.
Kunii Zenya is called the Miyamoto Musashi of the Shyowa Era(1926-1988).
He accepted any tournament with opponent’s conditions and regulations.
Kendoh or Way of the Sword was to be abolished by the General Headquarters
or GHQ, when they landed after Japan lost the war in 1945.
The GHQ proposed that the Japanese would be allowed to practice kendoh
if a Japanese with a bamboo sword won in a tournament with the strongest
American soldier with a real bayonet. The gigantic American soldier looked
he was to thrust his bayonet to swing off Kunii through the head.
The Americans were grinning at Kunii Zenya, expecting he would be killed.
The Musashi or Kunii Zenya won. Avoiding the bayonet thrust and the side
attack onto his head, the bamboo sword caught up and pressed down
the American soldier on the neck. The sailor could not move an inch.
[PR]
by ars_maki | 2013-06-13 11:36

So Far from the Bamboo Grove

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Yoko Kawashima Watkins was 11 years old when the war raging
in the Asia ended and Japan lost it. She was in Manchuria or
in the northern part of Korea with her family. She had to flee there
with her mother and sister Ko, who was 16 years old. Her father had
to remain there. Her brother Hideyo started working at factory
on the day Yoko left their home with her mother and sister.

This book tells and shows the hardship and suffering she encountered
on her flight. Even on their way to the nearest train station, they almost
meet their fate when they run into Korean Communists.

In those days around the northern part of Korea the influence of the Red
China was strong and there were Koreans, who had been converted into
Communists. On one of the videos I read the comments that this book
is a fabrication since it was in 1948 that the northern part of Korea became
a Communist state. The person, who claims the alleged lie, might have not
read the book or skipped the notes on the Communist China and the border
area, which the reader finds behind the main text and story.

As the author says this is not a fiction but the recording of what she saw and
went through in those dasy. The other claime they made for fabrication and lie
is that "Bamboo Grove"; they say it is impossible to locate bamboos in the area.
This crossed also my mind, but I felt more assertion in the possibility.
Do you know kendoh? They use bamboo sticks for kendoh. The master of
kendoh managed to beat the American soldier who had a bayonet to fight with
him; I'd like to post this info later here. Korean people claim that kendoh was
from Korea; on YouTube you can find the Americans who deny this origin.

Yoko Kawashima Watkins has written this book not only for Japanese but also
for Korean people. She says she feels sorry for Korean people. She says also
she has been grateful for Koreans who saved her brother from being frozen
to death; the Kims massaged Hideyo and fed him. Mr Kim said Hideyo was
his nephew so that the Communists would not take and kill him.
Hideyo got well and helped the Kims. The Kims tried to persuade Hideyo to stay
with them forever. Poor as church mouse, Mr Kim gave Hideyo his money away,
telling him Hideyo needed Korean money, when Hideyo tried hard to refuse it.

The Kims will be remembered not only in the memory of Hideyo but in others
as well, which makes the great contrast with the story Kim Wan-seop tells in
his book, in which Kim Wan-seop speaks for Japanese military and its discipline
against raping women. Kim Wan-seop says all the members of the family who
had been nice to Korean orphans before 1945; an orphan was sent to Tokyo
University to study; the mother and the father had been their foster parents,
but were killed mercilessly; their only child lost her sanity; she roamed around but
there was no one offering her food; she starved to death.

There are the several unforgettable scenes. The Japanese version will be
available soon.
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by ars_maki | 2013-06-13 11:17 | 読書

Chinese Nuke Wars ?

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In 2005 Shyu Sei Ko the president of the Chinese Defense Uni
said that China would work for nuke war to eliminate the other
nations' population and to rein over them.
[PR]
by ars_maki | 2013-06-12 22:18