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Nice to meet you. My name is Takahiro Ueda, the administrator of this blog. This blog started as my attempt to look at various things in my daily life and write words with the motto of asking myself questions, as you can see in the title of the blog.

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Dostoevsky's JourneyDostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe of Madness and Love

Takahiro Ueda, "Dostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: A Western European Journey of Madness and Love" List of Articles - Please use this list as a table of contents.

This article is a collection of 30 articles from my European travelogue, "Dostoevsky, Fateful Journey with His Wife: Travels in Western Europe of Madness and Love".

I like Dostoevsky. But above all, I love "Dostoevsky with Mrs. Anna. I would be very happy if the journey of these two men could be seen by as many people as possible.

チョコレートの世界史Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

武田尚子『チョコレートの世界史』~近代から現代へのチョコの変遷やキットカットについての驚きの情報を知れるおすすめ解説書

私達にも身近なチョコレートは近代化の産物です。特にイギリスの産業革命によってチョコレートはそれまでとは大きく違った意味を持ち始めます。その流れを知れる本書は非常に刺激的です。

また、本記事のタイトルにも書きましたが私達もよく知るキットカットの歴史もこの本では知ることができます。

本書を読めばこうしたチョコ菓子が人気になっていくのもまさに近代化の影響だったということがよくわかります。

私達の身近な生活にも直結するチョコレートの成り立ちを知るのにこの本はとてもおすすめです。前回紹介した『チョコレートの歴史』とセットで読めばさらに理解が深まること間違いなしです。

チョコレートの歴史Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

河出文庫『チョコレートの歴史』~マヤ文明から遡ってチョコの起源とその歴史を学べるおすすめ作品!

本書は私達にも身近なチョコレートの歴史をなんと、紀元前のマヤ文明にまで遡り見ていくという大スケールの作品となっています。

私が本書を手に取ったのはスリランカの歴史を学ぶ中で紅茶とコーヒーの西洋流通について調べていたのがきっかけでした。紅茶とコーヒーとチョコレートはほぼ同時期に西洋に入り、飲み物として親しまれていた。そしてこのプランテーションや貿易の展開はヨーロッパとアジアの思想を考える上でも非常に大きな意味があると考え私はチョコレートの歴史も学んでみたいと思ったのでした。

そんな時に出会ったのが本書『チョコレートの歴史』です。私はこの本に一目惚れでした。

Ranman and DostoevskyDostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe of Madness and Love

On whether Keiko Kotobuki of "Ranman," who fought off debt collectors, and Dostoevsky's wife, Mrs. Anna, may look alike.

When I saw Jueko-san, who successfully turned away a debt collector in this week's NHK morning drama "Ranman," I couldn't help but think of Dostoevsky's wife, Madame Anna.

Mrs. Anna also supported Dostoevsky, who had no livelihood, and even helped him clean up his manuscripts, publish them, and even fight off debt collectors.

In this article, we will discuss their similarities and the unexpected aspects of Mr. and Mrs. Dostoevsky.

Rome and DostoevskyTravels in Rome" - Charms of the Theater City of Rome and Pilgrimage to Bernini

(42) What does Dostoevsky, who criticized Roman Catholicism, think of Rome, the temple of beauty and theater city?

We have updated our Rome travelogue 41 times so far.

As I reported in the introduction to this travelogue, I toured Rome with the question, "Although Dostoevsky hated Roman Catholicism, could he not be captivated by St. Peter's Basilica, its main temple, and Bernini's stage art in Rome?

For me, I did not forget Dostoevsky for a single moment during my stay in Rome. I was always with Dostoevsky during my stay in Europe.

So what did Dostoevsky actually think of Rome during his stay?

The truth is that we do not know as Dostoevsky left nothing behind. But even so, I have come to the conclusion that Dostoevsky would have liked but disliked Rome.

mountain where monsters roamBritish and German Literature, History and Culture

Thomas Mann's "The Devil's Mountain" Synopsis and Comments - What is life? A hodgepodge of strong personalities! A masterpiece of German literature!

この小説は私にとって非常に大切な作品です。私の「十大小説」を選ぶとすれば『魔の山』は確実にその中に入ることでしょう。それほどこの作品は力強く、強烈なインパクトがあります。とにかくスケールの大きな作品です!

I first read this book when I was a graduate student. I had been wanting to read a profound novel about life issues, and this was the one I suddenly came across. I was originally interested in Thomas Mann, having read "Death in Venice" as a student and having heard his name mentioned in connection with Goethe.

そしてこの本と出会い、私は忘れられない一節を心に焼き付けることになったのです。

Dostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe of Madness and Love

My thoughts after "Dostoevsky's Journey" and future blog updates - in reply to the message to all visitors to this blog.

I like Dostoevsky. But above all, I love "Dostoevsky with Mrs. Anna. I would be very happy if the journey of these two men could be seen by as many people as possible.

After this, our blog will be updated with articles about Rome, but for me personally, I will now plunge into the study of Buddhism. Finally, I have returned to my main focus. I will be studying the history, thought, and culture of Buddhism along the route of its transmission from India, Asia, China, and Japan. My ultimate goal is to write a novel biography of Shinran Shonin. My research is now entering a new phase, and I have no regrets about my nearly four years of research on "Shinran and Dostoevsky.

Dostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe of Madness and Love

(29) The connection between the sudden death of his beloved child Alyosha and "The Brothers Karamazov" - Dostoevsky as the father of his children.

In our previous article, we introduced you to Dostoevsky, the loving wife.

And in this article I would like to conclude my travelogue by introducing Dostoevsky as a father.

Dostoevsky, the loving wife, Dostoevsky, the father of a child.

I will now share with you an episode that is absolutely essential to know Dostoevsky as he walked with his wife.

I believe that if you read "The Brothers Karamazov" with the knowledge of Dostoevsky's love for his children, something different will surely grow inside your heart.