Shinran Shonin Shinran Shonin Shinran Shonin's New Year Memorial Service at Nishikiori-ji Temple, the head temple of the Shinshu Kibe sect of Shin Buddhism

On June 16, 2022, I gave a talk at the Shinshu Kibe sect head temple Nishikiori-ji in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, for the Shinran Shonin Shinran Shonin New Year Memorial Service.

It was my first visit to the head temple in two years. Moreover, this time I was very nervous to visit the temple because I was a missionary.

We will continue to devote ourselves to this project and look forward to working with you in the future.

Modern Russia and the Russo-Ukrainian War

R. Vanagaitė, E. Zuroff, "Compatriots Lithuanian Holocaust: The Hidden History" - A shocking book that makes you think about historical revisionism.

About 200,000 Jews in Lithuania, 90%-95% of whom died in the Holocaust...

These are shocking numbers...

This book will be a sharp scalpel on why such a Holocaust in Lithuania happened, what the mechanism was, and the current state of the history of the country.

This work, a book about Lithuanian complicity in the Holocaust, caused great controversy among the Lithuanian public.

The work also provides a very serious insight into what historical revisionism is.

Stalin and Hitler's genocide and holocaust

Masaki Nakamasa, "Evil and Totalitarianism: Thinking from Hannah Arendt" - A recommended reference book by Arendt!

The book focuses on Arendt's "The Origins of Totalitarianism" and "Eichmann in Jerusalem" to explain Arendt's upbringing, path as a philosopher, and ideas. The book is surprisingly easy to read and understand. I also appreciate that the book is written in a way that even beginning students can easily understand. This is a recommended reference book to learn from "Why should I study Arendt now?"

Stalin and Hitler's genocide and holocaust

B. Stangnet, "Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Peaceful Life of a Mass Murderer" - The "banality (mediocrity) of evil" theory is overturned!

It is a shocking work that could overturn Arendt's "banality of evil" theory!

The Eichmann revealed in this book is the exact opposite of the "banality of evil." Arendt is told in this book that he fell into Eichmann's carefully planned trap in Jerusalem. Eichmann was no mere cog in the wheel of power. It is a terrifying book.

Stalin and Hitler's genocide and holocaust

Arendt's "Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil" Summary and Comments - Why did the Holocaust happen? A book about the darkness of humanity.

The book will be the birthplace of Arendt's famous phrase "the banality of evil."

In this work Arendt examines the background of the horrific murder system in the Nazi Holocaust.

Eichmann was not a villain, but a man who could be found anywhere. This shook the world and at the same time caused intense controversy.

Stalin and Hitler's genocide and holocaust

Can Arendt's "banality of evil" be exonerated - Can crime be forgiven if you are a cog in the wheel of power? Considering Genocide.


Learning from the History, Thought and Literature of the Cold War World

Tony Judt, "Thinking about the 20th Century" - What should we do to prevent a repeat of our tragic history?

It was a very interesting dialogue between two great historians of prewar, wartime, and postwar Europe. I felt that this is what a chemical reaction between listener and receiver is all about. Intellectuals of overwhelming levels seriously discussing the world with each other. That is what this work is about. The dialogue woven by these two people makes for an overwhelming read anyway.

History of the Soviet Union under Lenin and Stalin

Questioning Shinran's theory of the righteousness of evildoers - I thought about the question, "Is there a way out (salvation) for evildoers like Stalin and Hitler?

I am on Twitter, where I introduce articles posted on this blog and tweet about my round-the-world trip and other daily musings.

Recently I have been updating my articles on Stalin and Hitler, and I received a question from one of them.

In this article I have tried to note my own thoughts through that question.