After the Second World War, Japan's system of the head of a
school was a target to be removed as one of the symbolic factors
of the feudal system, however I have been thinking that culture
or cultural assets may have the close bounds with the system of
the head of a school.
Although I was once absorbed in the student power, I was always
pestered with such questions to myself as 'thought can save poverty?'
or 'I'm nothing but an elite student in the end?' It was presentation
of questions of tangibility against intangibility.
In these days when I have been involved in a variety of projects
all over the world, such questions have been befalling me. I've
been constructing schools or museums, but how much they can actually
be of use in the world?
In the Egypt's Old Kingdoms, the Roman Empire, the Tokugawa (Shogun)
Period, the British Empire or the United States after the WW II, they
have fostered, under their stable governance, culture which seems
useless in short order that is to say the useless. On the contrary
it can be said that just such culture has been answering for the stable
As the relation between 'culture = the useless' and 'governance =
the useful' is so subtle that I don't think at all I can talk everything
in this blog, however I would like to talk just the point of essence.
This is closely related with the Islam's yoke in my previous blog.
Talking it through my experience having worked in Indonesia, India,
Pakistan and Arab, I can say that thought cannot be 'today's' bread
but can be 'tomorrow's' bread. The problem of terrorism shall be talked
in the matter of 'tomorrow'. It is utterly useless to try to establish
When we talk of culture, we are apt to focus on tradition or the past,
however the story of culture is fulfilled with the story of future.
In an English way we have to enjoy fruits of 'culture = to cultivate'.
It is the sense that from tomorrow on we will enjoy our products which
can be gained through our hard work until yesterday.
Why Japan has been so carefully cultivating such cultural arts and
crafts as 'Go', 'Shogi' and 'Ikebana = flower arrangement' which are
utterly useless from a practical viewpoint?
I have no intention at all to immediately conclude that the swift
revival of Japan after the WW II was made due to such manner, however
I can find a faint light towards such a foolish theme 'let's make
cultural assets human property'.
I would like to repeat it again that culture may not be useful for
'today's' purpose but may be useful for 'tomorrow's' one. In Japan
this is called 'the useful in the useless'.