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Takahiro UedaDiary of a Monk

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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.

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.

cucumberYukio Mishima and Japanese Literature

Ryunosuke Akutagawa's "Kappa" Synopsis and Impressions - What happens when you wander into the land of kappa? A satirical masterpiece about modern Japan through a strange other world

Through "The World of Kappa," Akutagawa poignantly questions the state of Japan.

How unique and humorous are each (each and every?) kappa! How unique and humorous each kappa is. And how eerie....

It is horrifying to think that this work was Ryunosuke Akutagawa's desperate protest, a warning for the end of his life. He committed suicide less than a year after the publication of this work.

It will soon be 100 years since the death of Ryunosuke Akutagawa. But even 100 years later, Akutagawa's works have never faded. The power of literature has been passed on to those of us living today.

Beauty and the BeastDreamland Disneyland Research

Disney's Original "Beauty and the Beast" Synopsis and Comments - What are the differences between the Disney version and the original? What are the differences that make the Disney version so appealing?

By reading the original, I was able to see more and more of the beauty of Disney's version of Beauty and the Beast.

We have already seen the finished "Beauty and the Beast," but there must have been extraordinary hard work involved in the creation of this film. I am sure that watching "Beauty and the Beast" with that in mind will give you a different taste. I am finally feeling that this film has become a big part of my life.

It was indeed an interesting read.

A Disneyland TaleDreamland Disneyland Research

Tetsuo Arima, "Disneyland Story: LA-Florida-Tokyo-Paris" - A recommended Disneyland history that gives you the history and the backstory!

This book is a recommended guide that provides an overview of the history of Disneyland from its opening in Anaheim, California in 1955 to Florida, Tokyo, Paris, and Hong Kong.

Nothing brings out the human drama like a theme park project."

This is the essence of what makes this book so interesting. The history of Disneyland itself is incredibly interesting, but it is this that makes this book an exciting work all by itself. I also read it in one sitting.

This book is a work that can be easily picked up in a paperback format, yet is very rich in content. I highly recommend this book not only to Disney fans, but also to those interested in business and non-fiction.

デパートの誕生French Literature, History and Culture

Shigeru Kashima, "The Birth of Department Stores" - Why Do We Want to Buy? What is the secret of learning from the long-established department stores in Paris?

According to Kashima, "department stores are not only a purely capitalistic institution, they are its ultimate expression.

Why is this, he says, because "the inherent capitalist process of buying things not by necessity but by desire is precisely the one triggered by department stores.

In other words, the birth of the department store was so significant that the capitalist system we live under today began here. Why do we "want things"? In this book, we can learn the origin of the desire capitalism that stimulates it.

This book is a very valuable work as a business bible. It is a very stimulating and interesting work of cultural and world history, but it is also an extravagant book in which you can learn about the mechanics of business.

資本主義と奴隷制Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

Eric Williams, Capitalism and Slavery - The accumulation of wealth through the slave trade and plantations brought about the Industrial Revolution!

本書はマックス・ヴェーバーの『プロテスタンティズムの倫理と資本主義の精神』で説かれたような定説を覆した歴史学の金字塔的名著として有名な作品です。

この本のメインテーマはまさに「奴隷貿易と奴隷制プランテーションによって蓄積された資本こそが、産業革命をもたらした」という点の論証にあります。

本書もまさに巨大なスケールで歴史の流れを見ていく刺激的な作品でした。

改めて世界の複雑さ、巨大さを実感した読書になりました。

私たちの先入観を破壊する超ド級の作品です。ぜひ手に取ってみてはいかがでしょうか。

コーヒーBuddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

『コーヒーで読み解くSDGs』~危機的状況だったコーヒー業界が今どのように変わろうとしているのかを知るのにおすすめ!

前回の記事で紹介したアントニー・ワイルド著『コーヒーの真実』では世界のコーヒー業界の暗部を知ることとなりました。

その本を読んで頭を抱えた私ですが、本書『コーヒーで読み解くSDGs』ではそんな危機的なコーヒー業界を変えるべく奮闘している人々やその活動を知ることができました。

文章も読みやすく、写真も多く掲載されていますので気軽に手に取れる作品です。ぜひ手に取ってみてはいかがでしょうか。

コーヒーの真実Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

アントニー・ワイルド『コーヒーの真実』~コーヒーの歴史と現在も続く不平等な貿易システムに警鐘を鳴らす一冊!

何も知らずに無邪気に美味い美味いと飲むことの何たる気楽さか。

そのほうが心理的負担は明らかに少ないです。

ですが全ての人がそうなってしまったらどうなってしまうのか。いや、現に世界は新自由主義でどうなってしまったか。

厳しいかもしれませんが、コーヒー好きだからこそ勇気を持ってこの本は読んでほしい一冊だと思います。

コーヒーが廻り世界史が廻るBuddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

臼井隆一郎『コーヒーが廻り世界史が廻る』~コーヒーが変えた西洋近代社会!コーヒーから見た世界史を学べるおすすめ本!

本書『コーヒーが廻り世界史が廻る』は副題に「近代市民社会の黒い血液」とありますように、コーヒーが近代社会にいかに影響を与えたのかということを見ていける作品です。

そしてイギリスだけでなくフランスやドイツなどにおけるコーヒー事情も詳しく語られますのでとても刺激的です。フランス革命やナポレオンにもコーヒーは大きく絡んできます。

「コーヒーを通して見る世界史」と言うべき素晴らしい作品です。これは面白い!コーヒー好きの私にとって非常に刺激的な一冊でした。