“Light is from the east” -Expectations for 2022/「光は東方より」 ―2022年への期待

Translation / 翻訳


“Light is from the east” -Expectations for 2022

Tomorrow, the new year 2022 will begin. It is said that the first sunrise can be expected in good weather on the Pacific side. The Japanese pray for the health and good luck of the year at the first sunrise. In ancient Iran and elsewhere, the sun is thought to make us feel the joy and hope of living, peace and friendship, and such feelings may still remain today.

“Light is from the East” means that the civilization of the world has risen to the Orient (east) such as Egypt and Mesopotamia. From 3000 BC to the great conquest of Alexander the Great is considered to be the era of ancient Orient civilization. The Orient civilization brought about astronomy, the calendar, and the 12-ary system (latitude, longitude, clock), and the Islamic civilization that succeeded it introduced the Greek and Iranian arts such as philosophy, medicine, and science from Spain and Sicily to the West. It became the Italian Renaissance and blossomed.

Monotheism has developed into Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and is worshiped by many people in the world today, and the alphabet that we Japanese use as Roman letters begins with the Phoenicians. The Phoenicians were a commercial people that flourished in the ancient Mediterranean, and under the influence of Egypt, Babylonia, and Crete, created a city alliance led by leading cities such as Ugarit (on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, now in the Syrian city of Las Shamura) and Byblos.

The alphabet is said to have its origin in Semitic characters invented in Syria and Palestine around 2000 BC. In particular, the Phoenician alphabet was introduced to the Greeks from 1000 BC to 700 BC, and the Greeks added vowels to the Phoenician alphabet to create the Greek alphabet, which became Latin and Russian alphabets.

After that, it was the era of great voyages and the era when the West, which had undergone the Industrial Revolution, dominated the world, but it was Japan that shined light from the east in modern times and shined light on the Islamic world of the Middle East in the ancient Near East.

In Iran, after the Russo-Japanese War, Hossein Ali Tajel Shirazi wrote “Mikado Name (The Book of the Emperor)”, praising Japan for shedding new light on the world and driving out the long darkness of ignorance.

What a sun will rise from the east again!

All sleeping humans bounce off the spot.

When the dawn of civilization spread from Japan

The whole world was brightly illuminated by this rising sun.

Prince Shotoku (574-622) dispatched a mission to Sui dynasty in China , and the national book said “Emperor of the place where the sun rises”. I want Japan to become a country that gives hope to the world.

Japan’s New Year Dish

The Guest House

by Jalaluddin Rumi

Translated by Coleman Barks

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

「光は東方より」 ―2022年への期待













人生 (ルーミーの詩)

人間の一生は 旅人の集まる宿のようなものです 毎朝 新しい旅人が訪れます 思いがけなく 束の間の喜びや絶望や卑劣さが やってきます

そんな旅人のすべてを 歓迎して下さい! 悲しみのあまりに 宿を荒らし家具を盗んだとしても 丁重にもてなしてあげて下さい 旅人は 新たな喜びをもたらし あなたを浄化してくれるでしょう 邪悪な思考も羞恥心も悪意も

笑顔で迎え 招き入れて下さい 誰がやって来ても感謝して下さい

旅人は導き手として 彼方から送られてきたのです

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