Germany

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

Do you know the Dostoevsky statue in Baden-Baden? ~ The ultimate sculptural work that I was most impressed with in Germany!

There is something I would love to share with you all in this article. I want to say this out loud to the whole world! I want to tell you that here in Baden-Baden, Germany, there is a masterpiece of sculpture that is among the finest in the world!

Our days in Baden-Baden were some of the most powerful impacts of the 2022 trip. It was the highlight of the trip! The sculptures were amazing, Michelangelo-grade!

Takahiro UedaDiary of a Monk

Welcome to our website. For those of you who are visiting our blog for the first time. First of all, please click here.

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.

This article will give you a general guide within our blog. If you are new to our blog or wondering what to read, please read this article first.

Grimm's fairy tale Snow WhiteDreamland Disneyland Research

Grimm's Fairy Tale "Snow White" Synopsis and Comments - Disney's Original Story! What the differences from the original story show about Disney's amazing alterations.

Did that queen try to kill Snow White three times?

Prince of Corpse Love?

The Grimm's fairy tale "Snow White" presented here is decidedly darker and blacker than the "Snow White" we imagine.

Knowing this black development shows how Disney films have altered the story.

And it is in this alteration that we find the key to Disney's character. This article will consider that.

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.

MendelssohnThe Amazing Life of Mendelssohn, the Miraculous Musician

Madoka Hino, "Biography of a Musician: One Book to Read at the Beginning, Mendelssohn" - A recommended work to learn about the amazing life of the Jewish musical genius!

Madoka Hino's work "can be read by ages 10 and up and is a real inspiration for adults. It is written with the concept of "making the lives of the great musicians in history as easy to read as a story. This is easier said than done, but how difficult it must be!

This book, however, is a perfect example of this concept! I have devoured many biographies of great people from all ages and cultures, and Madoka Hino's biography is of outstanding quality. I have read many biographies of the greats, both old and new, and I can say that this biography of Mendelssohn is one of the best of them all.

This is a great book among great books that I highly recommend! I wish that this book will be spread more and more widely!

Kumagusu MinakataDiary of a Monk

Takamitsu Shimamoto, "Minakata Kumagusu, Cats and Islam" - Was the Conventional Image of Kumagusu Really Right? A stimulating book that questions the state of research on the great man!

This work, "Minakata Kumagusu, Cats, and Islam," is a departure from conventional reference books on Minakata Kumagusu.

Minakata Kumagusu is known as a "naturalist and folklorist with genius qualities" and is famous for his research on slime molds and plants.

Minakata Kumagusu's superhuman collection of materials and the scope of his research earned him the respect of later researchers. He was praised as a genius and a great man who was ahead of his time.

However, was this person, Minakata Kumagusu, really the great man he seemed to be? In this book, we will carefully examine whether the image of Minakata Kumagusu, filled with the praise of later researchers, was really correct.

It is a stimulating work that can be called a Minakata Kumagusu version of the now popular "Buddha, the Man" by Toshifumi Shimizu!

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.

英国の仏教発見Buddhism in India

F. C. Almond's "The Discovery of Buddhism in England" - Buddhist Studies was born from a desk in England! The roots of Mahayana Buddhism criticism come from here.

この作品では衝撃的な事実が語られます。以前当ブログでも紹介した『新アジア仏教史02インドⅡ 仏教の形成と展開』でも西洋由来の仏教学の問題について語られていますが、本書はまさにその本丸と言ってもよい作品になります。

この本を読むと、「原始仏教に帰れ。日本仏教は堕落している」という批判が出てくる理由がよくわかります。これまでどうしても腑に落ちなかった大乗仏教批判に対して「ほお!なるほど!そういうことだったのか」という発見がどんどん出てきます。この批判が出てくる背景を追うととてつもない事実が浮かび上がってきます。これは最高に刺激的な一冊です。とてつもない作品です。もうぜひ読んで下さい!きっと皆さんも衝撃を受けると思います。