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

(37) "Cathedra Petri" in St. Peter's Basilica - The sum total of Bernini's art! An astonishing masterpiece that incorporates the space itself into the work!

In this article I will discuss Cathedra Petri, located in the apse of St. Peter's Basilica.

The Cathedra Petri is the most important part of this cathedral. It too was designed by Bernini. This article looks at the meaning behind this Bernini masterpiece.

St. Peter's Basilica is still a special place.

No matter how many times I come here, I am always impressed. And it was Bernini who created this wonderful space. The Cathedral is the highlight of a Bernini visit. I hope that many people will experience the theatrical space created by Bernini.

The Industrial Revolution and British and European Society

The Oxford Portrait of Science: Copernicus - A biography recommended to learn about the life of Copernicus, the proponent of the geocentric theory!

Copernicus is famous as the man who proposed the "Geocentric Theory. He was a great man who overturned the common sense of the world, so much so that the term "Copernican turn" has been coined to describe him.

But although I knew the name and the geocentric theory of this man, I knew very little about who he was and what his life was like.

As such, I was very grateful for this biography in the "Oxford Portraits of Science" series.

And one of the characteristics of this biography is that it also emphasizes the historical background in which the great man lived.

I very much appreciated the compact biography but also the historical background shown.

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, the Vatican, and Roman Catholicism

Kukai Nanri Kazuyoshi Nomachi, "Vatican: Pope, Time of Prayer" - A book full of rare photos of John Paul II and the Vatican!

この作品では通常なかなか見ることも取材することもかなわない貴重なヴァチカンの写真を見ることができます。

I have read many books about the Vatican, but I think this book is very valuable because it focuses on the "time of prayer" and covers the ritual in progress. I have also appreciated this work very much.

また、この作品ではヨハネ・パウロ二世の生涯についてもまとめられていて、彼がいかに突出した存在だったかがよくわかります。

解説もとてもわかりやすく、ヴァチカンやヨハネ・パウロ二世についての入門書としてもこの本は優れていると思います。

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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

M. Laruelle, "Fascism and Russia" - Why is the discourse of fascist and non-Nazification repeated? What is Russia rebelling against in Europe?

私がこの本を読もうと思ったのは、プーチン大統領がウクライナに対して「非ナチ化のために我々は戦っている」という旨の発言があったからでした。正直、その言葉を初めて聞いたときは全く意味がわかりませんでした。なぜプーチンにとってウクライナと戦うことが非ナチ化なのか、私にはどうしてもわからなかったのです。

というわけで手に取ったこの本でしたが、これがなかなか興味深く、「なるほど」と思えることが満載の一冊でした。

Modern Russia and the Russo-Ukrainian War

Kazuo Ogawa, "Eastern Europe: The Search for Revival" - Recommended for an overview of Eastern European economies after the collapse of the Soviet Union, including Ukraine.

この本は1995年に書かれたものですが、当時の東欧事情を知るという意味では、今読んでも全く色あせない作品です。

写真も多数掲載されているので現地の姿もイメージしやすく、新書でコンパクトにまとめられているのでとてもありがたいです。

なかなか知る機会のない東欧の経済事情を知れるおすすめの作品です。

東欧諸国がそれぞれいかに独自な文化を持ち、経済事情も固有なものがあるかがわかります。それぞれを比べながら見ていけるのは読んでいてとても興味深かったです。

Europe through Classical and Western Art

ひのまどか『ショパン―わが心のポーランド』~天才ピアノストの生涯を知るのにおすすめの伝記!

ショパンがポーランドの有名なピアニストということは知っていましたがいざこの方がどんな生涯を送ったのかということは正直ほとんど知りませんでした。

この伝記はそんなショパンの生涯や人となりを知る上で最高の1冊です。読んでいて驚くような事実がたくさん出てきます。特にフランスの女流作家ジョルジュ・サンドとの関係は衝撃でした