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"The country in which you live is divine, no matter where you live."

"The country in which you live is divine, no matter where you live."

This is the essence of Japanese thought, though nationalism and radical right-wing thought corrupted this essential Japanese sentiment.

Likewise, according to legend, the ancestry of all Japanese is divine. We are all descended from the gods (kami), and sometimes the kami can be whimsical. Hence eccentric Japanese who hole up in their parents' homes could just be touched by the gods.

This is why the Japanese born in the Americas are loyal to the countries in which they were born, especially so in Brazil where they became Brazilians to the point of assimilating into the culture.

This is also true of Peru where a Japanese-born Peruvian became head of state.

However, if you are Japanese, once you study Japan, then Japan becomes the only divine land. This is not always the case, and could be why Japanese right-wing nationalists look down upon the Japanese diasphora born in other lands.

And I seriously doubt that if a person of Japanese origin was born in a country other than in Japan, who rose to prominence, would be ignored in Japanese news today.

4 comments:

Steve said...

"The Japanese are honest and upright of heart, and are not given to useless theorizing and falsehoods like other nations." - Hirata

Steve said...

The gods of Japan were originally royalty from Paekche in Korean.

Thus, the term, "descended from the gods" actually means "descended from Paekche royalty who left Korea for Japan between the 3rd and 7th Centuries CE".

Steve said...

Reference for previous comment:

W T Hong, PAEKCHE OF KOREA AND THE ORIGIN OF YAMATO JAPAN

Radha Santadharma said...

A better reference than the previous reference:



http://taekwondobible.com/discussion/history/historyofjapan/japan001.html