Saturday, June 06, 2009

"See Thou Hurt not the Oil"

(Transportation, Broadcasting, and Buildings - Tokyo)

"See Thou Hurt not the Oil"

They reported this morning that the crude oil price has again hit the 70 dollar level.

Some economists in these days argued that it will be the crude oil price that first reflects the upward trend of the global economy getting through the Wall Street financial crisis.

If the crude oil fields today belong to Arabs, they belonged to Sumerians 4000 years ago.

And, if Israelis today are proved to be direct descendants of Sumerians, they might be allowed to claim the crude oil fields in Mesopotamia as their own like they claimed the land of Judea as their own after WWII.

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Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, European Americans, and Americans who or whose parents immigrated to America after WWII have in general no clear global and historical view on global politics.

But, Judaist Americans are different.

Since their ancestors had left the collapsed Sumerian kingdom 4000 years ago and left the collapsed Jerusalem 2000 years ago and the collapsed Roman Empire 1500 years ago, Judaists have been different.

The issue might be which Judaists will choose eventually, America or Israel, if not being an American or being a Judaist.

Mon., December 15, 2008 Kislev 18, 5769

36 Jews who have shaped the 2008 U.S. election

By Bradley Burston and J.J. Goldberg

But the Jewish vote remains a key element in battleground states, and, playing a wide variety of roles, Jews have helped to shape the campaigns. Thirty-six of them are mentioned below. This list is by no means all-inclusive

Sheldon Adelson: He is Republican, neoconservative and a mega-donor, however, a combination of financial reverses and internal disputes has muted his contribution to the McCain effort.

David Axelrod: Chief strategist and media advisor for the Obama campaign, he has harnessed grassroots support through "viral" media, new technology and emphasis on the theme of change.

Steven Bob and Sam Gordon: The two Reform rabbis from the Chicago area founded Rabbis for Obama, which has persuaded hundreds of rabbinical colleagues to go on record by name supporting the candidate. The group's influence on the Jewish electorate has been difficult to gauge.

Matt Brooks: The executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition is a frequent media "first responder" on Jewish issues.

Mark Broxmeyer: A businessman and chair of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs conservative think tank, Broxmeyer serves as national chairman of the McCain campaign's Jewish Advisory Coalition and as a member of the candidate's national finance committee.

Eric Cantor: This Virginia congressman, the sole Jewish Republican in the House, has emerged as a primary McCain surrogate in a bid to sway Florida and his home state.

Laurie David: The global-warming activist and producer of "An Inconvenient Truth," starring Al Gore, she is ex-wife of "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" creator Larry David and one of Jewish Hollywood's most prodigious fundraisers.

Ira Forman: The executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, he is Matt Brooks' counterpart.

Barney Frank: The Massachusetts Democratic congressman is one of the most visible, outspoken liberals in the House. He is openly gay and a frequent target of pro-McCain commentators, particularly on Fox News, where, because of his role as chair of the House Financial Services Committee, he has been said to bear crucial responsibility for the sub-prime lending crisis. He played a key role in negotiating the Wall Street bailout package.

Malcolm Hoenlein: Formally nonpartisan as professional chief of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, he invited Sarah Palin to speak at an anti-Ahmadinejad rally at the UN, then bowed to pressure to rescind the invitation. He is seen to have aided the McCain campaign in terms of some Jewish undecideds.

Cheryl Jacobs: A McCain campaign co-chair in Broward County, Florida, the Conservative rabbi, a longtime Democrat, supported Hillary Clinton's primary race for president, but then switched to McCain.

Henry Kissinger: The New York Times calls the former secretary of state a "close outside adviser" to McCain's campaign. He is regularly called upon by the candidate for advice on foreign affairs, and held a high-profile briefing session with Palin prior to the vice-presidential debate.

Ed Koch: The former New York City mayor is still a gold standard for Jews of a certain age. He backed Bush in 2004 and Hillary Clinton during the primaries. Now he's for Obama.

William Kristol: As editor of Rupert Murdoch's Weekly Standard magazine, a New York Times columnist and a Fox News commentator, he is an extremely influential neoconservative voice.

Sherry Lansing: The first woman to head a major Hollywood studio (Paramount), she is a major Democratic donor and fundraiser.

Ed Lasky: Through the American Thinker Web site, his articles helped spawn the widespread Internet campaign alleging that Obama is anti-Israel.

Henry Lehman: A Bavarian immigrant who settled in Alabama in 1844 at age 23, and founded H. Lehman, a general store that, by accepting raw cotton in lieu of cash, would later lead to commodity trading in cotton. In 1850, he and his brothers Emanuel and Mayer formed Lehman Brothers, which became one of the first and most powerful investment houses on Wall Street. Lehman Brothers' spectacular collapse in mid-September, the largest bankruptcy in American history, triggered a worldwide financial panic that, more than any single factor, may determine the outcome of the 2008 presidential election.

Joe Lieberman: The Connecticut senator was Al Gore's 2000 Democratic running mate. He is now McCain's point man for undecided Jewish voters.

Mik Moore and Ari Wallach: Launched, utilizing high-tech methods to counteract Web-borne attacks on Obama. The group also sponsors The Great Schlep - a campaign to get grandchildren to visit grandparents in Florida, to persuade them to vote for Obama.

Eli Pariser: He heads, a liberal on-line advocacy group that has raised large sums for Democratic candidates.

Martin Peretz: The editor of The New Republic, he wrote an influential article entitled "Can friends of Israel - and Jews - trust Obama? In a word, Yes."

Dennis Prager: He is an influential, outspoken and often strident nationally syndicated radio talk-show host. Despite reservations over McCain's campaign reform bill, he has thrown his weight behind the GOP ticket.

Penny Pritzker: She is the national finance chair of the Obama campaign. A billionaire executive, pioneer Obama supporter and scion of a well-known Jewish mega-donor family, she has taken flak over the degree of her involvement in a the failure of a bank driven by sub-prime mortgages.

Ed Rendell: The governor of the key swing state of Pennsylvania, he is former head of the Democratic National Committee and a top Democratic campaign spokesman.

Denise Rich: The socialite and ex-wife of disgraced billionaire Marc Rich is a Democratic megafundraiser.

Dennis Ross and Dan Kurtzer: They are the center-right and center-left anchors of Obama's Middle East advisory staff.

Robert Rubin: The top Obama economics advisor has unsurpassed knowledge of the workings of Wall Street and was treasury secretary in the Clinton administration.

Dan Shapiro: A former Clinton administration National Security Council official, he is a senior Mideast policy advisor and Jewish outreach coordinator for the Obama campaign. He is said to have co-written Obama's speech before AIPAC (the pro-Israel lobby), in which the candidate declared "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided" - a statement Obama later partially recanted.

Sarah Silverman: A "shock comedian," she served as video spokeswoman for The Great Schlep (see Mik Moore, above). Her monologue spawned a counter-clip from veteran comic Jackie Mason.

Alan Solow: The Chicago lawyer is active in the Jewish community and in the Conference of Presidents. He has been an Obama supporter for a dozen years.

Jon Stewart: As host of the satirical TV news program "The Daily Show," he has become perhaps the most listened-to liberal voice in the nation. The New York Times called Stewart's program "a genuine cultural and political force."

Barbra Streisand: The superstar singer is a Jewish-liberal icon and mega-fundraiser. She endorsed Hillary Clinton in the primary race and has backed Obama since the Democratic convention. She also headlined a Hollywood fundraiser in September, which included a $25,800-a-plate dinner.

Robert Wexler: A key Obama surrogate, the Florida congressman has campaigned extensively in the effort to shift the electoral vote-rich Sunshine State from the McCain column to the Democrats.

Fred Zeidman: McCain's lead Jewish strategist, he is chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, and a heavyweight among Jewish Republicans

The difference between a poor American and a rich American seems to be more meaningful than the difference between a Christian and a Judaist, in the U.S. today.

Anyway, in short, there seems to be three scenarios:
1. The U.S. and Israel coexist as two separate countries.

2. The U.S. and Israel will be merged to be one country.

3. All the Israelis will leave Israel to the U.S. and the nation Israel disappears.

(To be continued...)

(With a tiger on the front and a wolf on the back in addition to a black dragon above, you might still want to have a musician play a tune to protect you from Proserpina and Bellona, though this is not an era of the Greek mythology.


Rev 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

Rev 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

Friday, June 05, 2009

"Grace in the Eyes of the LORD"


"Grace in the Eyes of the LORD"

(A Book on Sumerian Myths and Disabled People)

A couple of days ago, I was guided by an Angel to go up floors of a department store, arriving at a book store on the eighth floor.

There were tens of hundreds of interesting books and magazines on display and sale (almost all of them are in Japanese). I really wanted to buy some scientific books, classic books, or nonfiction books on economy and politics.

But, I purchased one on ancient Sumerian myths.

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All the scholars and professionals in addition to Vatican elites and Judaist leaders are all against my theory: ancient Israelites were remote but direct descendants of Sumerians who disappeared from history 4000 years ago, while Abraham, his father, and his families left Ur, the capital of Sumerians, 4000 years ago to Palestine.

I juts cannot believe this illogical denial of theirs.

So, I will make it clearer: Before the great fall of the Roman Empire 1500 years ago, there was the great fall of the Sumerian Kingdom 4000 years ago, leading to an idea of the third great fall of an empire, that can be the U.S. of today, and the third escape of Judaists from the falling empire.

1. There were two types of Sumerians who established the first urban civilization based on use of letters: urban Sumerians who could read and write and create various cultural works and farming or pasturing Sumerians who could not read and write.

The family of Abraham belonged to the latter, living around the big city Ur as peripheral residents.

2. Nomadic herdsmen who were never influenced by high-level culture never set a destination hundred miles away where they planned to move and settle down to build their own religious kingdom with a city and a temple at its center.

(The choice of Palestine, between Egypt, Asia Minor, and Mesopotamia, is not an act by unsophisticated nomads.)

Ancient Judaists or the tribe of Abrahan was sophisticated enough to carry their memory of the journey from Ur to Palestine. They were apparently from a fringe of a great civilization.

3. Every city in Mesopotamia under the Sumerian Civilization had its own guardian deity. Every family had its own guardian deity. And, Abraham must have his own God but not gods who protected him.

When the Sumerian Civilization collapsed, Sumerian cities collapsed, and other Sumerian tribes collapsed, the God of Abraham was left inside him as the only Sumerian God who remained.

And, the Abraham's God, once one of Sumerian gods, turned out to be the true and only God of mankind.

Everybody has been wondering where the Sumerians had gone when Ur and other cities collapsed 4000 years ago. Every scholar has concluded that all the Sumerians got mingled with ancestors of Arabs.

But, 4000 years ago, one family of the Sumerians left Ur following an Angel or an instruction of their God without getting mingled with ancestors of Arabs, probably because the God wanted to secure one pure Sumerian family though they were a fringe family of the Great Mesopotamia Civilization.

It is impossible not to think that the family of Abraham was from Sumerians though they were called later Hebrews.

(When Abraham was called Abram he was a Sumerian; but when he called himself Abraham, he became Hebrew.)

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One of interesting aspect in literary works of ancient Sumerians is its benevolent care about disabled people.

They thought that as gods got drunken while creating human beings, disabled persons were created. Yet, a leading god of Sumerians provided a profession to each type of disabled people, so that they could live on it.

Even a king of Sumerians constituted a law 4100 years ago, saying, "I will not deliver orphan children to the rich; I will not hand over widows to the strong."

In this context, the ancient Sumerian Civilization can be regarded as superior to the ancient Japanese culture where disabled babies were sometimes abandoned to the nature and orphan children and widows were sometimes received no protection, at least according to the Japanese myth.

If there had been any civilization superior to the Japanese spiritual culture, it is the ancient Sumerian Civilization, in my humble view.

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Anyway, if you study the Sumerian myths, you would be truly amazed at that before Abraham left Ur or Mesopotamia and far before the compilation of the Old Testament, there had been such myths with abundant contents.

If my theory should be confirmed, the Sumerian myths would be interpreted as the "Ancient Testament," inevitably resulting in a total reconstruction of the three great religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

I really hope so, since Noah was a Sumerian revered by Judaists, Christians, and Muslims alike.

(Once Japanese people sang, "My girl is blackish but a beauty in the Southern Pacific," since the Empire of Japan occupied the Ocean. La peau blanchâtre couvert sept failles. But, love and faith do not need color, dear.

[Yet, it is true that there was no such a thing in Japan traditionally as a blackish beauty of girls, for probably ancestors of the ancient imperial family or noble class had come over to the Japanese islands through the Korean Peninsula or southern Manchuria but not from the East China Sea or far from the South China Sea ...] )

Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Gen 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Gen 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

"Shall Reward Thee Openly"

(Running Back to Tokyo from Tsukuba over the Great Tone River)

"Shall Reward Thee Openly"

Basically, an inanimate being that is not usually personified is not used as a subject in a sentence where a human being is involved in the Japanese language.

So, you do not often say that "this feeling will stay alive long inside me" if you feel like speaking a natural and traditional Japanese sentence.

You more often say that "I will hold this feeling alive long inside me."

(But, you can say naturally that "this feeling will supersede that feeling soon" even in Japanese.)

When Japanese children start to learn English (or any other Indo-European language), they usually feel it strange that an inanimate being so often plays a role of, and takes the position of, a subject.

In short, the distinction between a human being and an inanimate being is very strong, at least in expression feeling, in the Japanese culture.

Conversely, in the culture where a strong man uses a weak man as a slave or a tool, the sentence structure that allows for the use of an inanimate being as a subject in any context must be convenient.

In summary, it is suspected that ancient Indo-Europeans were more barbarian than Japanese and other North or East Asian races in this context.

Please check African languages on this topic, since Africans might look like black Europeans to North or East Asian races.

SECTION I: Cross of Lorraine

When Naoki Kojima, a notable Japanese authur who died on Sept. 14, 2008, escaped to and travelled France in the middle of 1980's as he got tired with hard work in Tokyo, he naturally visited a tomb of Charles de Gaulle (1890 - 1970) situated in a humble village.

On the surface of de Gaulle's gravestone set in a narrow graveyard, he found no inscriptions except the name and the years of birth and death of the deceased French President.

Yet, from a square in front of the church, he could see a cross on a hill far. The cross had two side bars, called the cross of Lorraine.

The Cross of Lorraine is part of the heraldic arms of Lorraine in eastern France. It was originally held to be a symbol of Joan of Arc, renowned for her perseverance against the English) invaders. Between 1871 and 1918 (and again between 1940-1944), the northern third of Lorraine was annexed to Germany, along with Alsace. During that period the cross served as a rallying point for French ambitions to recover its lost provinces. This historical significance lent it considerable weight as a symbol of French patriotism.

During World War II, the cross was adopted as the official symbol of the Free French Forces (French: Forces Françaises Libres, or FFL) under Charles de Gaulle.

Jesus Christ never told to adopt the shape of a cross as a symbol of His teaching. So, I do not respect the shape of a cross as a symbol of His teaching.

But, who, I can ponder, will be the one to invent another variation of the cross to defuse it and leave his/her name in history.

My recommendation to the Vatican is to stop using any symbols in its ritual.

Just pray like Muslims, since de Gaulle's gravestone had no inscriptions on its surface except the name and the years of birth and death of the French hero who fought against Hitler (1889 - 1945) in WWII who used a very ugly and deformed cross as his symbol.

SECTION II: Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe

After the death of Marilyn Monroe on August 5, 1962, the United States of America had to suffer the Vietnam War with 50,000 soldiers killed, while millions of residents, mostly Buddhists, in the Indochina Peninsula lost their precious lives.

The Vietnam War for the U.S. ended in 1973 on President Nixon's initiative, that is, 11 years after the death of mysterious actress Marilyn Monroe.

After the death of Princess Diana on August 31, 1997, the United States of America has to suffer the War on Terror with 10,000 civilians and soldiers killed, while millions of residents in Mesopotamia and Afghanistan, mostly Muslims, have faced the danger of losing their precious lives.

President Mr. Barack Obama has stopped to use the term "War on Terror" in 2009, that is, 12 years after the death of mysterious Princess Diana.

(To be continued...)

(Vous avez fait de moi très heureux; Merci bébé. It is not a greeting for good-bye, Lady, among the commonage.


Mat 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

"Reward Thee Openly" - Bismarck & So On

(Tokyo Suburbs, in Early May with Rice Fields; Click to enlarge if you like Japan.)

"Reward Thee Openly"

[Updated on December 5, 2011]

SECTION I: Otto von Bismarck

According to Naoki Kojima, a notable Japanese author who died on Sep. 14, 2008, the German political hero in the 19th century Bismarck finally married a humble young woman who turned out to be a great wife for him later, though local Germans said that Lady Bismarck did not somehow look like a beautiful woman. Kojima concluded that her gentle heart, but not her outward charm, made Bismarck great.

But, Bismarck had tried to marry a young British woman twice before, each in vain.

Especially one of them was a very beautiful daughter of an English clergyman, though she was just 17 years old. However, as her rich father found that Bismarck's financial state was so poor, she was forced to leave him, which she observed.

Then, Bismarck fell in love with a young beautiful German woman who happened to be a fiance of his old friend. Though she also fell in live with Bismarck, she opted to keep her promise of marriage with her fiance. And, she married her fiance but died a few years later.
Around the age of thirty Bismarck had an intense friendship with Marie von Thadden, newly-married to a friend of his. Under her influence, he became a Pietist Lutheran, and later recorded that at Marie's deathbed (from typhoid) he prayed for the first time since his childhood.

Bismarck married Marie's cousin, the noblewoman Johanna von Puttkamer (Viartlum, 11 April 1824 - Varzin, 27 November 1894) at Alt-Kolziglow on 28 July 1847. Their long and happy marriage produced three children, Herbert (b. 1849), Wilhelm (b. 1852) and Marie (b. 1847). Johanna was a shy, retiring and deeply religious woman - although famed for her sharp tongue in later life - and in his public life Bismarck was sometimes accompanied by his sister Malwine ("Malle") von Arnim.
Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898),

In 1871, the first official envoy of the Empire of Japan to Europe and America traveled Germany to be received in audience by the German Emperor and Bismarck.

As it was just three years after the Meiji Restoration (fall of the last samurai regime), the Japanese envoy actually and mostly consisted of ex-samurai leaders. And, they all observed Bismarck closely and got highly impressed.

Author Kojima wrote that Hirobumi Ito, the most successful Japanese politician in the 19th century and the early 20th century, even imitated a way of Bismarck's smoking for a long time in his long career in the Imperial Government.

Frankly, it is said that Hirobumi Ito is the politician the most trusted by Meiji Emperor of Japan.

Yet, on Bismarck's gravestone it is written "Loyal German Servant of Kaiser William I".

Now the point is: to understand the Japanese politics, you have to learn Hirobumi Ito.
To understand Hirobumi Ito, you have to learn Otto von Bismarck of Germany.
To understand Otto von Bismarck, you have to learn his pious wife but not a beautiful daughter of a rich English clergyman.

Ito Hirobumi (1841-1909),

SECTION II: Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe

The true implication of the shock the tragic death of Princess Diana delivered to the world is that the only precedence of Princess Diana's death is that mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe.

(To be continued...)

(Russian is tough and ancient; German is weighty and old; and English is tricky and traditional. Français n'est ni italien ni espagnol. Therefore, apart from the language, a white swan must be Russian and an ugly duckling not Japanese!


Mat 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Mat 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

Mat 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

"Jesus then Lifted up his Eyes"

(Tokyo Suburbs in May)

"Jesus then Lifted up his Eyes"

Yesterday, after I posted the day's blog, a news report on the Airbus crash was widely announced in Japan. All the Japanese media took the horrible accident in the opposite side of the globe as the first item to present to the audience.

Anyway, once in 100,000 times of your travelling, you would surely meet a big accident, at least psychologically. But, this time, somebody might have taken your turn by mysterious providence, if you had planned to fly to Paris in this season...

Although Brazilian and French authorities have yet to release a detailed passenger manifest, the list is expected to read like a roster of European and Brazilian blue-chip companies, whose executives regularly packed the business- and first-class sections of the trans-Atlantic flight.

Most of the passengers were Brazilian and French, authorities said. Other countries with big contingencies include Germany, with 26 passengers. China -- which in March surpassed the U.S. as Brazil's biggest trade partner -- had nine citizens on the jet.

The State Department said two Americans were among the passengers; no names were released, according to the Associated Press.

It is 1985 that I really felt so close to a jet plane crash accident. One jet plane took off from Tokyo Haneda Airport heading for Osaka Airport in the evening of the midsummer only to end up in a crash onto a mountain terrain some 100Km north west of Tokyo.

Japan Airlines Flight 123 was a Japan Airlines domestic flight from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) to Osaka International Airport (Itami). The Boeing 747-SR46 that made this route, registered JA8119, suffered mechanical failures 12 minutes into flight and 32 minutes later crashed into two ridges of Mount Takamagahara in Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, 100 kilometers from Tokyo, on Monday 12 August 1985.

The crash site was on Osutaka Ridge (Osutaka-no-One?), near Mount Osutaka. All 15 crew members and 505 out of 509 passengers died, resulting in a total of 520 deaths and 4 survivors.

It remains the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history.

I really felt so close to a jet plane crash accident when I heard the news, since I might have been one on board the fatal jumbo jet like so many unlucky employees of major companies one of which I was so familiar with, though one of the survivors was from a town I was so familiar with.

And another alarming shadow of jet-plane accidents was also close recently:
20 May: An Indonesian army
C-130 Hercules transport plane crashes into a village on eastern Java, killing at least 97 people.

6 April: An Indonesian army Fokker-27 crashes on landing near Bandung, West Java, killing 24 people.

Whenever I hear a Jet plane accident in Indonesia, I recall the one in Japan.

Garuda Indonesia Flight 865 was a scheduled-international flight from Fukuoka, Japan, to Jakarta, Indonesia. On June 13, 1996, the aircraft used, a Boeing/McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30, rejected take-off after taking off well above take-off speed. The aircraft slid towards a threshold, served fuel line #3 and the landing gear, and burst into flames. Three out of 275 aboard were killed.

In the above accident, it is said that it was a miracle that only three people lost life in this type of accidents, taking into consideration the dangerous circumstances.

The point is that I actually passed through the airport a day earlier or so then.

(To be continued....)

(Japon équipe abordé le nettoyage de printemps de la Tour Eiffel. The Japan Times today so reported. )

Joh 6:1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.

Joh 6:2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

Joh 6:3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.

Joh 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

Joh 6:5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?

Monday, June 01, 2009

"Not Without Honour"

(Tokyo suburbs)

"Not Without Honour"

Is this symbolic for some?

Millvina Dean, who as a baby was wrapped in a sack and lowered into a lifeboat in the frigid North Atlantic, died Sunday, having been the last survivor of 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.


SECTION I: A Concierge in Paris

In early 1950’s, Japanese author Naoki Kojima (1919 - 2008) for the first time visited Paris and stayed in Hotel Royal Monceau.

At the same time, a group of Japanese politicians put up at the same hotel. Though Kojima in his 30's was still young compared with them and thus neglected by those politicians behaving barefaced, he knew well their names, faces, and backgrounds. So, when he was asked by one of concierges, all of whom looked very much interested in politicians from the Far East, about one specific member of the group, he could explain well who he was.

The concierge said, "This hotel accepts many politicians coming from all over the world. That gentleman truly bears comparison with those world-class politicians. He indeed never gives himself airs. Though he never stands on his dignity, his real dignity cannot be covered and unnoticed."

The Japanese author, Naoki Kojima, never forgot this incident, and thus 35 years later he wrote that it was a scene that had remained so clearly in his memory for the long time.

The Japanese politician who behaved like a samurai in Paris among townsman-class colleagues is Kenzo Matsumura (1883 - 1971). Matsumura started his political career in association with a democratic party before WWII, and held his first ministerial post in the Cabinet formed immediately after the surrender of the Empire of Japan in August 1945.

However, what is symbolic to me is that Naoki Kojima, an ex-officer of the Imperial Navy during WWII, lived a long life as a notable author in Japan until September 14, 2008, a day before the debacle of Wall Street.

SECTION II: Future Waves

Recently the NHK TV station of Japan interviewed a French elite, probably in Paris, who presented his view on the future of the world in a TV program.

He said that two types of modern nomads must be a focus in his theory, though Japanese people, living in islands, must not be able to grasp what nomads are; yet he started to think about nomads deeply when he had visited Tokyo.

As people try to understand more what is very different or remote from them, I think this French elite has some deep defect in his intelligence.

And he also simply said that one type of nomads, consisting of tens of millions of rich people, freely travel the world for business or any other reasons, while another type of nomads, consisting of billion poor people, have no other choices but move over boarders to get jobs, foods, and safety.

It is an old paradigm focused on a jet set or helicopter guys and local low-key residents.

Yet, the French elite looks like playing a role of a certain symbol of the European Civilization sensing a real great change getting closer to their continent.

He also predicted that America, though unlike the Roman Empire and the British Empire, will retreat to inside its borders, abandoning the hegemony over the world.

But, I do not think so. America is now playing a role of the Alexander the Great deploying its military from Mesopotamia to Afghanistan. And, after the era of the Alexander the Great, truly the era of the Roman Empire is to come. And, the U.S. might become part of the new Roman Empire with Israel, in one of my theories on the future.

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(To be continued...)

Mar 6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.

Mar 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

Mar 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

Mar 6:4 But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

(Bread sold in Japan under the name of "Parisien" but not "Parisian", priced at 200 yen or so, about two US dollars or 1.5 euro; the keyboard excluded...)