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03 May 2009

Film "The Scarlet Letter" A Country of Hypocrisy

A woman named Hester lived in a small Puritan Village in 17th century had been accused of adultfully. She had to wear scarlet letter "A" all the time because of the sin she committed. She and her daughter, Pearl were always harrassed by the villagers.

 

Local villagers and its headman wanted to know who was the father of Pearl. At last the villagers found who he was and got shocked.

 

It seemed that the film revealed the true nature of America. The origin of America was Puritans. Puritans were exiles from England.

They lived under the faith of God because of fear they experienced in England. They created a very closed society with very strict rules. As a result they became hypocrits.

In last scene of the film, Hester and Pearl ran away from the land of hypocrisy, not freedom.

 

That represents feeling I have right now. I am losing interest in America and growing contempt for it.

American is not a dream country to me any more since 911, war in Iraq, deployment of USS George Washington in Yokosuka, and financial crisis.  

Good-bye, America! A country of Hypocrisy!

 

Now I wonder where I am heading. The film gave me a hint.

The film was produced by Germans. It was all German version although the story took place in America.

It is just like holocaust films in English version made by Hollywood.

 

I am now studying German and getting more interested in Germany than ever.

12:46 Posted in Deutschland, Film, USA issues | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: religion

31 January 2009

Holocaust and Rape of Nanking

According to Germany's prominent magazine, Spiegel, there has been a controversy over Roman Catholic Pope Benedict, who is German recovered ties with English bishop, Richard Williamson who is holocaust denier. Mr. Willamson claims there was no gas chambers, and the number of holocaust victims is 300,000 far lower than 6 million, which most historians suggest.

Pope Benedict seems to like stirring relations with other religions, a few years ago, he made some statement that insults Islamic prophet, Muhanmad. Does he represent German's still Nazi ideology?

 

Interestingly enough, such historical argument has been going on in Japan in regard to relationship with its neighbor, China.

China claimed that Japanese imperial army mass-murdered 300,000 innocent people in Nanking, 1937.

But Japanese right-wingers claim it was only 40,000 or less. Some extremists claims no such mass-murder occurred.

Recently Air Force chief in Japan was dismissed by the government over his publicly released essay which claimed Japan's invasion of China was legal. But he's been well-received by the public since then.

 

Germany and Japan were the losers of the Second World War. It is natural that such pheomenons occur.

People in both countries feel they have been forced to have negative point of views on their histories by victors of the war.

The title of the novel would be "Bauhausler". Hope you enjoy it. I am reading Ian Kershaw's book on Nazism for the research.

 

I think history should be viewed objectively. That's the very way of learning history.

Soon, I will start a novel which a story takes place in 1930's Germany. Japanese woman who travelled to Berlin to study Bauhaus art met a Jewish teacher and a Nazi-officer and then she got involved with the both men.  

 

09 November 2008

Backlash is coming

I love this Commerical.

Great and creative!

Think about it. Things went too far. It usually takes so long for ordinary people to accept new idea.

They rushed and that resulted in the failure.

Why do they demand so much? They've had enough already. After all, marriage itself is discriminatory institution.

 

and this one, too. That partly represents my opinion.

 

02 November 2008

Did you know our PM is Catholic?

Suprised to know our prime minister, Taro Aso is Catholic. I just recently learned that. He was elected on 25 of September this year.

But none of Japanese media reported his religious faith. He's been known as potential candidate for PM long time before. It has never become the issue.

I learned that by reading articles in BBC, CNN, FOX and Roman Catholic website.

Maybe you wonder why. Only a few percent of the population is Chrisitian in Japan. They are minority and experienced oppression during 16 to 19th century. But the thing is we really don't care. Are we atheist? No, actually Japan is known to be Budhist society and has many many Budhist temples. But native religion of Japan is Shinto. Shinto is polytheist. We welcome any kind of religion and personal religious faith doesn't matter to politics or so on. We rarely talk about religion in our daily life.

 

In recent politics, PM's visiting Shrines that memorize A-class war criminals has been controversial. He visited there, too although he is a follower of monotheist religion. Shiton has been considered kind of festivity or national symbolic spirit, not as religion you should be dedicated to.  

 

In Western society, religious faith seemed to be a very big deal in politics and social issues such as abortion, homosexuality.

 

To tell you the truth I am Christian, too. I do not support him nor his party. Strangely I just feel intimate to him although I think he is most unqualified PM in history. Iraq war has been regarded as "Wholly war" by crusaders. Scary!

As far as I've checked his action and speech, I cannot find him practicing Christian. He caused tensions with neighboring nations by making provocative statements. He insulted the victims of the disastors, altzheimer patients and many others. He called opposition party as Nazis. His prime mister status wouldn't last so long because he is very, very unpopular so is his party.  Soon enough, the parliament would be dissolved and new election will be coming up.

The nation would judge him and his administration and choose who to rule Japan. He will learn true meaning of the wholly bible words "Judge not others lest ye be judged."

 

Then he will shout "Jesus Christ!"

13:05 Posted in Japan News, Politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: religion