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「岡倉天心: 日本の目覚め」その1。明治維新における日本の急速な成長の謎を解く名著。 “OKAKURA Tenshin: The Awakening of Japan” No.1――A masterpiece that solves a mystery of Japanese sudden development in the Meiji Restoration.



“The Awakening of Japan (1904)” is the historical masterpiece in which, Okakura Tenshin , the author and one of the Japan’s greatest masters of English, successfully conveyed true Japan to the world. It is a must-read for those who try to explain, “What is Japan?” to foreign people in English. First, I introduce the chapter 1――more to come both in English and in Japanese.




Has not the West as much to unlearn about the East as the East has to learn about the West? In spite of the vast sources of information at the command of the West, it is sad to realize today how many misconceptions are still entertained concerning us.




We do not mean to allude to the unthinking masses who are still dominated by race prejudice and that vague hatred of the Oriental which is a relic from the days of the crusades. But even the comparatively well-informed fail to recognize the inner significance of out revival and the real goal of our aspirations.

我々は心なき大衆を指して言うのではない。そういう人たちは今もなお、人種的偏見や十字軍時代の名残である東洋人に対する彼 (か) の漠然たる嫌悪の心に支配されているのである。しかし比較的有識者でさえも、我々の復活の内面的意味とわが抱負の真の終局目的はこれを認めることができないのである。



It may be that, as our problems have been none of the simplest, our attitude has been often paradoxical. Perhaps the fact that the history of East Asiatic civilization is still a sealed book to the Western public may account for the great variety of opinions held by the outside world concerning our present conditions and future possibilities.




Our sympathizers have been pleased to marvel at the facility with which we have introduced Western  science and industries, constitutional government, and the organization necessary for carrying on a gigantic war. They forget that the strength of the movement which brought Japan to her present position is due not less to the innate virility which has enabled her to assimilate the teachings of a foreign civilization than to her capability of adopting its methods. With a race, as with the individual, it is not the accumulation of extraneous knowledge, but the realization of the self within, that constitutes true progress.




With immense gratitude to the West for what she has taught us, we must still regard Asia as the true source of our inspirations. She it was who transmitted to us her ancient culture, and planted the seed of our regeneration. Our joy must be in the fact that, of all her children, we have been permitted to prove ourselves worthy of the inheritance.




The Awakening of Japan (Classic Reprint)

The Awakening of Japan (Classic Reprint)

  • 作者:Kakuzo Okakura
  • 出版社/メーカー: Forgotten Books
  • 発売日: 2012/06/16
  • メディア: ペーパーバック




日本の目覚め (土曜文庫)

日本の目覚め (土曜文庫)






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