Saturday, January 28, 2006

Be Kind

Be Kind

I checked how many hits a search engine will return to the input key “a kind person (s).”

In a Japanese search engine, with a corresponding Japanese expression, the number of hits was more than 900,000.

As it is a Japanese domain of the Internet, the “person” here seems to be almost referred to Japanese.

But, for confirmation, in the same procedure, with the specific input key “kind Japanese” in a Japanese expression, the number is 11,700.

In the same procedure, with the input key “kind Americans” in a Japanese expression, the number is 197.

As for English search engine applied to American domains, you can simply confirm results by following the similar procedure.

If a Japanese says “a kind person” in Japan using the Japanese language, it almost always means “a kind Japanese.” Otherwise, they would say “a kind foreigner” or something like that.

For comparison, in the same Japanese procedure, with the input key “a kind foreigner(s),” the number is 266 in Japan as of January 28, 2006.

So, I may assume there are a million kind Japanese and a few hundred kind foreigners in Japan, so far reported.

It is believed that there are about 120 million Japanese and two million foreigners (including more than 0.6 million residents from South and North Korea) in Japan.

So, roughly speaking, one out of 100 Japanese is kind, while one out of 1000 foreigners is kind, according to this analysis being incomplete and somewhat biased but based on the modern technology

It really supports our impression that outer world is ten times more dangerous than the domestic society.

Nonetheless, truth is often different from an Internet-based survey. It may be actually hard to find a cold guy in some areas in Japan, and you may find only accommodating foreigners in a certain group of people in Japan.

Jesus told to be kind to foreigners. And a Japanese proverb says, “Show your kindness at least once a day.”

And, with the specific input key “an unkind person (s)” in a Japanese expression, the hit number is 771.

Therefore, according to an extrapolation method, the ratio of kind Japanese to unkind Japanese is 1000 to 1.


Sunday, January 22, 2006

Last Successor of Last Emperor in China

Last Successor of Last Emperor in China

I watched a very interesting TV documentary last night. Maybe, Lunar New Year is getting near for Chinese, though Japan seldom celebrates it nowadays.

As depicted in a movie titled “Last Emperor,” Ching (Qing) Dynasty ended 1912 as the last classic empire in China.

The last emperor of Qing died in 1967 in People’s Republic of China. He had no children.

But, he had one brother who married a daughter of a Japanese noble clan and had two daughters, one of whom is still alive in Japan with her children and grandchildren.

Put simply, the family line of Emperor of Qing has become part of Japanese population of today.

However, it often happens that people fled from war-torn regions in China and Korea to Japan since ancient ages. Some precious works of art and literature also fled ancient China and Korea to Japan where those works have been well cherished and preserved while originals were lost in those countries.

Qing was not established by Han people, majority of Chinese, but by Manchu who might be rather related to Mongolians. But, today, Mancuh seem to be completely absorbed by the majority of Chinese.

As the last Emperor of Qing had no children, his younger brother might have been expected to succeed him; nonetheless, the younger brother, too, had no boys. The dynasty was destined to finish.

The TV documentary showed the brother of Last Emperor in his last days in Beijing with his Japanese wife. He died in 1994.

He was good at calligraphy. His last work was also introduced. Apart from difference in style among Manchu, Chinese, and Japanese, its meaning is clear. The possible true Last Emperor praised two things, each in China and Japan, during his last days in this world.

First, the Great Wall of China, which was built to fend off invasion on China by Mongolians as well as Manchu but overcome by founders of Qing Dynasty.

And, Mt. Fuji in Japan where he once had been trained in a military academy of Empire of Japan.

If Americans had one great wall running from the East Coast to the West Coast, they should be more proud. And, if they could observe the world’s most elegant volcano from New York City or Washington D.C. just like from Tokyo, they should feel more honored.

However, it is also a fact that neither Japan nor China can enjoy the both all together.