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@ The wonder of Japan 1

When I work for various kinds of business all in various places in the world, especially in the Middle East such as Jordan, and if the business is a museum project that grapples with history from front, I'm surprised at knowing that the history of various places in the world has been the eternally continuing exchanges of invasion. At the same, not only being surprised, I also realise afresh that I am Japanese.


There have been exceptionally many exchanges of invasion in Jordan or Egypt that is a meeting point between the Eurasian continent and the African Continent.

In Jordan, except for the some 400 year occupation by the Ottoman Turkey, it has been rare that a stable nation exists for more than 100 years, and even the Roman Empire that has occupied Jordan for a long time repeated invading or being invaded.

The dynasties of Egypt that continued for more than 3000 years were invaded many times, and the most important duties of the Pharaoh (the king of Ancient Egypt) was to protect invasions of other tribes and to always continue to invade other tribes as well. The history of Egyptian dynasties is separated into the Old Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom. The separation itself graphically tells the end of dynasties by the invasion of other tribes.

And, talking about why I realise that I am Japanese, since the so-called Japan was established as a nation (though there may be a lot of heated debates on prescribing with what Japan was established as a nation), namely during some 2000 years, Japan was invaded only three times, and furthermore as one of the invasions ended in failure, Japanese has a few, or few, feeling or understanding of the fact that a tribe invades another tribe.

The successful cases in which other tribes invaded Japan were the conquest of the Emperor Jimmu around 2000 years ago and the occupation of Macarthur after the World War II, while the unsuccessful case was the raid of Mongol in the Middle Ages.

Although the raid of Mongol failed because of the typhoon called "Kamikaze", namely Japanese did not beat the Mongolian out by themselves, the fact was excessively evaluated, and not only the self-bombing fighting plane "Kamikaze" appeared even in the last stage of the Pacific War, but also a desire dependent on other forces praying "Kamikaze will blow at some future time" lurks in a corner of Japanese mind until today.

The historical fact that Japan has been invaded by other tribes only twice in its long history, on the one hand, resulted as rude invasions into surrounding Asian nations from the latter half of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th century; and, on the other hand, brought about the situation that Japanese is unable to understand thoughtfully as well as calmly the encounters between tribes that have been repeated in various places in the world, one of the most typical cases is the confrontation between Israel and Arab.

The historical fact that Japan has been invaded only twice is engraved in the matters that, at the governmental level, there are no diplomatic policies based on the global view; and, at the public level, when whatever large disasters or accidents occur in the world, unless Japanese die or get hurt, they are reported only once.

The internationalisation of Japanese has been spreading abroad in various fields such as the government. Isn't is further effective for the internationalisation of Japanese society as well as how to get on in the global economy to precisely recognise the peculiarity of Japanese history, which is almost uncommon in the world, than to master English that is a de-facto international language today?

The attached picture is part of a picture scroll that depicted the raid of Mongol. There were only a few scenes that Japanese samurais and Mongolian worriers fought with each other on the land. The historical fact is that the Mongolian warships sank or were compelled to retreat by a typhoon.

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