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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.

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FlorenceThe Italian Renaissance and the Revolution of Knowledge

List of recommended reference books to learn about Florence - A profound world of art, history, and literature, including da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Dante.

In our previous article, we recommended reference books for learning about Rome, Italy, and in this article, we will recommend books about Florence.

Ferenze is a city of flowers where the works of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and other unspoken masters continue to fascinate people from all over the world.

However, it is surprisingly difficult to understand the history of Florence and how art flourished in this city.

We may know the term "Renaissance art," but when it comes to the actual nature of this art, what was the background of the period in which it reached its golden age?

The more you know about Florence, the more interesting it is! We hope you will find this article useful.

Recommended Sightseeing Spots in RomeThe Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, the Vatican, and Roman Catholicism

List of Recommended Reference Books on Rome - History, Culture, Religion, and Art! A list of great books that will make Rome more interesting!

In the previous article, "Monks' Recommendation: 15 Sightseeing Spots in Rome! From the Royal Road to Maniacal Churches, Taste the Ultimate in Beauty" introduced the recommended spots in Rome, and in this article, we will introduce a recommended reference and guidebook to enjoy Rome even more.

Please refer to each link for a more detailed discussion of the book.

Rome is so deep. It is like a bottomless swamp that the more you know about it, the more you become addicted to it. I, too, have become completely obsessed with this Roman wanderlust.

I hope this article has been helpful to you.

Recommended Sightseeing Spots in RomeTravels in Rome" - Charms of the Theater City of Rome and Pilgrimage to Bernini

15 recommended sightseeing spots in Rome unique to monks! Taste the best of beauty from royal to maniacal churches

In this article I will introduce some of my favorite places to visit in Rome.

In this article, we will introduce not only famous churches such as St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum, but also maniac churches that are not often visited by tourists.

Rome is indeed a wonderful city. However, there is a trap of having too much to see and do. We hope that our blog posts will be of help to you.

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.

The Holy Land of DisneylandDreamland Disneyland Research

Masako Notoji, "Disneyland, the Holy Land" - A highly recommended book with an exciting perspective on Disney as a sacred place of faith and pilgrimage!

本作は「聖地」「信仰」「文化」という側面からディズニーを見ていく点にその特色があります。僧侶である私にとってこれは非常に興味深いテーマであります。

はっきり申しましょう。「この本はものすごく面白いです・・・!」

新書でこれだけのことがまとめられているというのはかなり奇跡です。これほどの本にはなかなかお目にかかれません。ディズニーファンだけではなく、文化や宗教に関心のある方にもぜひおすすめしたいです。

Apollo's CupYukio Mishima and Japanese Literature

Yukio Mishima's "The Cup of Apollo" Synopsis and Impressions - A travelogue of his first trip around the world and his experiences in Greece! Recommended to learn about Mishima's view of art!

三島由紀夫は朝日新聞の特別通信員という形で1951年末から世界一周の旅に出かけました。この旅の旅行記が『アポロの杯』になります。

三島はアテネやデルフォイの遺跡や芸術を堪能し、その思いを旅行記にしたためます。彼はこの世界一周旅行で様々な地を巡りましたが、この地に対する感動は明らかに突出しています。

そして三島がギリシャの芸術についてどう思うのか、そして自身の文学観、人生観にどのような影響を与えたのかが率直に書かれていますのでこれは非常に興味深いです。

『アポロの杯』には三島の原体験とも言えるギリシャ・ローマ体験がこれでもかと詰まっています。彼の文学や生き方を知る上でも非常に参考になる作品です。

太陽と鉄Yukio Mishima and Japanese Literature

三島由紀夫『太陽と鉄・私の遍歴時代』~若き三島の原点を知れる自伝的作品!初の世界一周旅行で太陽を発見する三島とは

あの三島は若い頃どんな日々を過ごしていたのか、どうやって文壇に入り込むことができたのか。これはとても興味深いです。特にあの太宰治との初対面のエピソードはものすごく面白く、三島VS太宰の構図がはっきりとここで語られています。両者の文学スタイルの違いまで語られていて、この箇所だけでも非常に贅沢なエピソードということができるでしょう。

そして前回の『潮騒』の記事でも引用したのですが、私の中では何と言っても三島由紀夫の人生初の世界一周旅行についてのエピソードが最も印象に残っています。彼は朝日新聞の特別通信員という形で1951年末から世界一周の旅に出かけました。その時に三島由紀夫がまさに太陽を発見したというこのエピソードは後の三島文学を決定づけるかのような意味を持っていたのでした。

南インドIndian thought, culture and history

World History Travels in South India" edited by Noboru Karashima and Teiji Sakata - Full of photos! Recommended for learning about the unique architecture and culture of Chennai and other places in India that differ from northern India!

This work, "World History Journey: South India," is a recommended guidebook for South India, which has a different culture from North India.

The most unique feature of this book is that it is full of photographs. As you look at the wonderful photographs and trace the history of South India, you will definitely want to visit the country yourself.

When we think of India, we tend to think of one India, but India is huge! (lol)

Just as the Kanto and Kansai regions have different cultures in Japan, India has its own culture in the north and south, or even in all directions.

This book will give you a feel of South India. It is a good guidebook for an introduction to South India, as it is full of photographs.