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1 Norio Ota York University Toronto, Canada Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 2006和魂洋才と国際化 Wakon-Yosai ‘Japanese Spirit, Western Learning’ and GlobalizationNorio OtaYork UniversityToronto, Canada
2 Preamble Wakon-Kansai 和魂漢才 ‘Japanese spirit, Chinese learning’ Wakon-Yosai 和魂洋才 ‘Japanese spirit, Western learning’Mishima Yukio 三島由紀夫 and his suicideBushido 武士道Chushingura 忠臣蔵 ’47 Ronin’Wakon-Beisai 和魂米才 ‘Japanese spirit, American learning’Mukon-Musai 無魂無才 ‘No spirit, no learning’Wakonn-Wasai 和魂和才 ‘Japanese spirit, Japanese learning’Wakon-Mansai 和魂満才 ‘Japanese spirit, all learning’
3 Background Wakon-Kansai Wakon-Yosai What is Wakon? Kurofune – 2nd Kurofune globalizationFukuzawa Yukichi 福沢諭吉, Okakura Tenshin 岡倉天心, Uchimura Kanzo 内村鑑三, Nitobe Inazou 新渡戸稲造, Kuki Shuzo 九鬼周造, and Suzuki Daisetsu 鈴木大拙Translation-ism 翻訳主義Ogyuu Sorai 荻生徂徠 Yakubun-sentei 「訳文荃蹄」和臭 ‘Japanism’Fukuzawa Yukichi’s isshin-nishou 一身二生 ‘one body two lives’Karl Löwith: completely separate dual life style of Japanese scholars
4 Wakon-Kansai tradition Ito Jinsai 伊藤仁斎( )Ogyu Sorai 荻生徂徠( )Ishida Baigan 石田梅岩 ( )Tominaga Nakamoto 富永仲基principles of kajo 加上 ‘newer research tends to look at older sources than the previous research’異部名字難必和會 ‘it is impossible to harmonize various theories to get to the one truth’Naito Torajiro 内藤虎次郎 「日本文化史研究」China’s response 中体西用 in 洋務運動
6 Modern period Takeda Kiyoko 武田清子「土着と背教」‘Naturalization and Renegation’ Acculturation type 埋没型Isolation type 孤立型Renegation type 背教型－有島武郎Competitive or prophetic type 対決型・預言者型－内村鑑三Grafting type 接ぎ木型－新渡戸稲造Fukuzawa Yukichi 福沢諭吉 「学問のすすめ」 Encouraging to studyUchimura Kanzo 内村鑑三 ChristianityNitobe Inazo 新渡戸稲造 「武士道」 BushidoOkakura Tenshin 岡倉天心 「茶の本」 TeaKuki Shuzo 九鬼周造 「いきの構造」 Structure of IKISuzuki Daisetsu 鈴木大拙 禅 ZenDatsua-nyuuou 脱亜入欧 ‘leave Asia and join Europe’
7 After WWII Kokutai 国体 ‘national polity’ Wakon-Beisai 和魂米才 ‘Japanese spirit, American learning’Wakon 和魂 - Chushingura 忠臣蔵 ’47 Ronin’Bubble EconomyJapan as No. 1Collapse of the communist blocLoss of self-confidenceReturn to Asia
8 Japan’s second sakoku 鎖国 ‘national isolation’ Era of globalizationJapan’s second sakoku 鎖国 ‘national isolation’The 9th Central Education Council general meeting‘Wakon-yosai is talked about, but in the world of academia wa is pushed by yoo, and has atrophied. However, the philosophy of wa, such as irrationality and transience, is also inevitable, ….’
9 Era of globalization (cont.) Marubeni Corporation exports the wakon-yosai approach to South Africa.‘Africans are making renewed efforts to harmonizing their culture with western culture, at the same time that they are arguing for the necessity of recovering African-ism and self-respect. In those efforts, Japanese culture such as wakon-yosai appears very fresh to them, and the role of Japan seems gradually to become clear.’JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) also considers that Japan’s accumulated knowledge regarding wakon-yosai should be a part of financial cooperation with the recipient countries.A more eclectic view of wakon-yosai, taking good from both, has been promoted by some schools and businesses such as Shiseido.
10 Global nature of Japanese culture Japanese culture possesses global characteristicsHasegawa Nyozekan 長谷川如是閑(1938)Keichu 契沖 ・Kamo no Mabuchi 賀茂真淵 ・Motoori Norinaga 本居宣長re-examined Japanese characteristics by distinguishing between the influencesof Buddhism and Confucianism, in order to find a spiritual basis for a new united nation‘universal nature of Japanese culture’Japanese national characteristics - harmonizing all conflicting factors byfinding common denominatorsYamazaki Masakazu 山崎正和(1990)‘universal nature’ of Japanese cultureinteraction between the ‘ie-system’ in the farmer class and the warrior class, and individualism in the merchant class, which have co-existed since the end of the Muromachi Era; this dual nature has played an important role throughout the pre-modern and modern periods
11 Critics of Wakon-Yosai Pros & ConsMotto: schools, universitiesEclecticism between Japanese culture and western culture : Businesses – Shiseido, advertisements for housingStrategy: JICA - a model strategy for under-developing countries to adoptServed to promote Japanese ultra-nationalism, and led Japan to its defeat in WWIIPost-war: periodwakon-beisai 和魂米才 ‘Japanese spirit, American learning’,mukon-musai 無魂無才‘no spirit, no learning’ , Wakon-mansai 和魂満才 in the era of globalizationAnime and film genre: Miyazaki Hayao’s ‘Spirited Away’, ‘The Last Samurai’ (a case of beikon-wasai?) - ghost of bushido ?Views (overseas)North America - Bushido, Zen, Shintoism, Buddhism, Chanoyu, Haiku, Ikebana, Kurosawa Akira, Mishima Yukio, Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, Abe Kobo - western scholars’ understanding of wakon (recycled among students)Asian scholars’ (China, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam) - different understandings of wakon and Japan’s wakon-yosai traditionChukon-yosai, chukon-wasai, kankon-yosai, kankon-wasai ?Canadian multicultural context - first generation immigrants adopt kasai with their cultural spirit, and disseminate their newly-created identities through their communities. The Chushingura mentality, the essence of wakon was still prevalent among Japanese in Japan, and also preserved strongly among Japanese-Canadians (Ota, 2003).
12 ‘Allergic’ reaction to Christianity? To put this issue into a personal context, like 山崎 Yamazaki I have been advocating some global nature of Japanese culture, based on my strong criticism of the mistakes Japan made and has been making until now. In my attempt to understand yokon as suggested by 福澤 Fukuzawa, religion is the largest hurdle. This seems to be a common tradition since Arai Hakuseki 新井白石、when he interviewed Giovanni Battista Sidotti シドッチ in the Edo Era. 川喜多Kawakita states: ‘As a result, we Japanese have lost the ability to comprehend all religious phenomena. Nor are we even trying to understand them.’ (Kawakita, 76) He points out that this is the result of overemphasizing the communalist (group-oriented) tradition over Buddhist tradition (individualism), and suggests that Japanese should reexamine the latter. The wakon-yosai tradition seems to have been hampered strongly by Japanese ‘allergic’ reaction to Christianity. 内村 Uchimura and 新渡戸 Nitobe went far beyond by becoming Christians and probably understood yokon more deeply, but that fact could have been one of the reasons why their ideals were not accepted widely.
13 ConclusionWakon-yosai is not a unique approach for recipient nations of advanced civilization. The problem is, however, that it does not seem to be possible to adopt foreign culture selectively, and still maintain the local spirit intact. Wakon has been constantly changing, being influenced by kansai or yosai.In the traditional view, wakon and yosai were separate and not interactive. A more dynamic view is required in an age of globalization. Yosai always influences wakon because yosai comes with yokon. Rather than taking a passive view, it is necessary for Japanese scholars to learn yokon vigorously, as Fukuzawa suggested, and develop wakon as a dynamically and continuously changing entity. Globalization requires wakon-wasai and yokon-yosai constantly interacting with each other to deepen an understanding of the world with the synergistic effects of both.I would like to conclude my presentation with a personal episode.When I read Reginald Bibby’s Mosaic Madness for the first time, I was indeed surprised to find he had written almost everything that I had been thinking about Canadian multiculturalism. I disagreed only on some issues of religion. As a result, I translated this book into Japanese with my colleague in Japan; I found it amazing that two persons from entirely different backgrounds could share almost the same opinions on various issues. I regard this as a result of the more dynamic model of the wakon-yosai approach.
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