Hearing the name of Amman, the capital city of Jordan, most
of Japanese may simply imagine that men wear white folk dresses
and women wear black folk dresses covering their faces with black
People living in the provincial towns and villages are of course
conservative comparatively, however especially being limited to
Amman, most of people’s fashions, both men and women, are of modern
Western style. In particular young ladies, in summer, walk around
all over the city wearing a navel-exposed T shirt and close-fitting
jeans, showing off themselves.
Of course there are not a few ladies who wear comparatively mild
dresses covering white veils smartly.
Male vacationers from the ultra-conservative Arabian Peninsula may
look forward to seeing young ladies in Amman, I sometimes suspect
Both in Jordan and Amman more than 90% of people are Muslim and everybody
speaks in the vernacular Arabic, however their feelings, more than
the half, are the ones of the Mediterranean.
Traditional Jordanian cuisines use a lot of olive oil and the streets
are lined with Italian restaurants, Greek restaurants and Lebanese
restaurants which are boastful of their sea food cuisines with the
Mediterranean products, why not the local wine drinks very well!
It was only in the 7th century when Islam and Arab began sweeping
this land and the time passed only for 1300 years yet.
Compared with the above, Filantine, Palestinian today, came to this
land over the Mediterranean more than 3000 years ago but they are
sometimes said that they had immigrated into this land comparatively
When we try to grasp the culture of the Middle and Near East, especially
of the Arabic countries such as Syria and Lebanon facing the Mediterranean
or Jordan and Palestine near the Mediterranean, we will get into a
biased valuation unless we observe their historical transitions from
the view point of not only the land but also the sea, the Mediterranean.
In spite of our professing that Japan is a seafaring nation surrounded
by sea, the most serious lack is the standing point that re-grasps
or re-edits the history of Japan as well as the world from the view
point of the sea. If we still continue to edit and teach history dividing
the world with land or continent units such as Japan, Asia, Europe,
Africa and America, a really global world view i.e. a conception that
the earth is global, will never be formed among Japanese especially
in the younger generation.
The Internet is of the globality from a point to a point.
Make a line by connecting a point with a point and make a plane widening
a line, that is the globality which tends to cover the whole earth
is the world, and only after standing on this globality we can depict
a vision of world peace and furthermore establish a mechanism for
I recommend you to try, once, to make a copy of a map of the whole
Mediterranean and color the Mediterranean with some marker.
You can instantly and clearly understand that France and Algeria,
Italy and Tunisia, Italia and Balkan Countries, they face each other,
Lebanon, Syria, Turk, Greece and Egypt become one making a deep basin,
Venice is located at the remote end of the Mediterranean World. A
simple question, but why Venice at the remote spot could lead the
hegemony of the Mediterranean?
At the period of the Crusade, the Frankish Invasion, Friedrich II,
the emperor of the German Empire was based in the Sicily Island, partly
because his mother was Sicilian and the Island was one of the centers
blessed with the Arabic wisdom, and played an important role in solving
the war by promoting a friendship with Salaf ad-Deen, a brave general
of the Arab Army, and his son, Napoleon was said to be exiled to the
Corsica Island, his birthplace, however that Corsica Island was located
at a geopolitically strategic point in the Mediterranean.
Only through the figure that the Middle and Near East = the Islamic
Sphere = all are the Arab World, it is utterly impossible to grasp
the history as well as the culture of the Middle and Near East either
comprehensively or concretely, it even embraces a risk to cause fatal
Everybody agrees that Arabian ladies have top class beauty in the
world and their style is outstanding. At an opened and smart cafe´,
being lit in the long summer sunlight and looking at their joyful
and cheerful chatting with their girlfriends or boyfriends, of course
enjoying a glass of local wine, I realize it keenly that ah the wind
from the Mediterranean is skimming along!
An airplane from Europe to Amman begins descending around over the
Cyprus Island, flies below an attitude of 3000 meters around over
Tel Aviv, the biggest city in Israel facing the Mediterranean, and
continues its descending skimming over Jerusalem and soon lands the
Queen Alia International Airport in Amman.