レクチャーノートからの抜粋 / Excerpts from the lecture notes.
1. The Japanese myth and concept of
Kami-shizen(自然) vs. kami(神)
・The idea of nature is one of the most important ideas in Japanese culture. Knowing Japanese concept of nature helps you understand the Japanese culture better.
・The concept of nature in the Oriental society such as China and Japan is completely different from that in the Western society.
(2) Typical Japanese God
・How do you explain the concept of ‘shizen’?
・The kanji meaning ‘shizen’ has made up from two different concepts. Of course, it means nature, but what does this Kanji imply? It implies ‘completeness in itself’. The concept of nature also implies ‘something that completes in self.’
Old myth in Japan represents the idea of Nature. How was Japan created? →日本はどのようにして誕生したのか？
・Izanagi and Izanami are two representations of Japanese gods in Japanese myth.
・Izanagi and Izanami, though they looked like humans , they were not humans. In pre-Shinto creation myth, they were actually islands. So, the original Japanese kami that created Japan were themselves natural things.
・When we look at pinnacle of Western culture and myth, the peak of Western culture is man.
・According to Asian preeminent and central idea, nature is regarded as the peak of creation. This idea is totally different from Western ideas.
B.A. English Literature/ Medieval History University of NSW, Sydney, Australia
RSA/ Cambridge University Diploma In Teaching English to Adults (DELTA), London, England.
Teaching and Personal Background:
Ash Warren has been teaching in Japan since 1992. Over the last 20 years he has been teaching in high schools, colleges, universities and major companies throughout Japan. Since 2000 he has been President of the Warren School of Languages and Culture, Tokyo. He has also written for major newspapers on Japanese culture and been a longtime contributor to the Asahi Weekly on matters relating to English Language and Japanese culture, and was Director of Curriculum Design for Obunsha.
Ash has been a student of Japanese and Chinese culture for over 30 years. He has been preparing students for the National Interpreter/Guide Examination since 1997 and since then he has prepared hundreds of students to successfully pass this examination. His school currently has a 95% success record in students passing the speaking test, which is the highest in the country.
Ash holds a teaching licence from the Urasenke school of Tea, and has studied various Japanese and Chinese arts and is an expert in Zen and Chinese Buddhism, as well as a published English haiku poet and journalist
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