I have been tackling the project to establish the 'Grand Egyptian
Museum' which also tackle the 'ancient Egyptian civilisation history'
from the front on an on-going basis. Now, I can not find a way to
forward furthermore without grasping the 'African history' in my
The 'Expedition to Egypt' by Napoleon, 'Decipherment of the Rosetta
Stone' by Champollion, 'Establishment of the Egyptian Museum' by
Auguste Mariette, 'Excavation of the Tutankhamun tomb' and so forth,
the 'ancient Egyptian history' has been made clear by France and
excavated by Britain, hence so-d=called 'Egyptology' has been developed
as 'European Egyptology,' this is the reality. The 'Egyptology by
Egyptians' has not yet shown its sign, I dare say so. Almost all
Egyptian 'Egyptologists' have acquired their scholarship from the
Western academies, isn't it shameful?
The 'European's Egyptology' is the one claiming that, as political
and moralistic justification for the European civilisation to conquer
the world, the world-leading 'legitimate child of the ancient Egyptian
civilisation' is the 'modern European civilisation' and the 'wise
European civilisation' has an obligation and rights to civilise
and lead the world. Well, they could never transact coolly the 'slave
trade' which is said the worst in the human history unless they
had such self-confidence, pride or innocence.
The 'philosophy of the Enlightenment' or the 'movement for liberal
civil rights' fostered in Paris' salons, and a 'joint stock company'
or 'journalism' born in London's coffee houses have often been praised,
however tea, coffee and sugar which were favoured in the Paris'
salons and London's coffee houses, all of them were the products
by miserable slave labour.
One of the headstreams of the Nile is from the Victorian Lake. When
we talk about the 'ancient Egyptian civilisation' which emerged
suddenly in before 5000 years from the present, it is appropriate
to call 'suddenly' in an archaeological time span, we need to carefully
weave the relations with the 'ancient African history' and the 'drying
of Sahara' which started in that time.
And, coming the story back to the subject, while I was studying
the African history, I could not help but having thoughts that Japan
in the far end of the Far East was quite a self-satisfied country.
Japan has been repeating observing and analysing the history from
the far end of the far east in such cases as the 'theory of conquest
by nomadic peoples' in the ancient Japanese history, the 'attack
of Mongolians' in the medi eval Japanese history, the 'trade with
Holland' in the Edo era, in the early modern Japanese history represented
by the 'visit of the black ship' and in the modern Japanese history
resulting in the 'Pacific War.' The above fact emerges as a clear
reality when we compare them with the African history. In other
words, Japan has explained and understood one-sidedly the relation
between Japan and the world by observing the favourable matters
to Japan from the far end of the Far East through telescopic expansion
and even through a high-handed way. And the result of it is the
'diplomacy without any vision and strategy' of today's Japan.
For the western powers that cut the world apart and colonised it,
Japan was only the borderland which had less attractiveness geopolitically
as well as in its economic value. I don't have any intention at
all to look down Japan's brilliant culture or civilisation, however
I would like to tell that such cool judge is required if we stand
on the viewpoint of the relation with the world.
This fact has never been changed even after Japan has become the
'world-second economic superpower' or the 'world-top-class tourist
outgoing country.' Japanese is still a tribe who is weak in overlooking
the world through not a telescope but by our own eyes, namely based
on our own paradigm.
My favourite historical novelist, Ryotaro Shiba, was not emancipated
from this tribal bad habit. The only exception may be one of the
works in his last years, 'Dattan Shippu-roku.'
The attached illustration is the 'black ship being at anchor off
the Higashi Uraga.' As a large foreign ship coming to Japan was
painted in black from the medi eval era, it was generically called
the 'black ship.'