By Morton White, Lucia White
Morton White, certainly one of America's such a lot uncommon and highbrow historians, used to be one of the first Western teachers invited to Japan after the Pacific struggle. together with his spouse and co- writer Lucia, he first went there in 1952 and consequently made 4 extra journeys, the final one in 1979. in the course of those visits the Whites turned pleasant with many eastern intellectuals and their households and have been in a position to discover Japan and eastern lifestyles in the course of a very important a part of this century.
Through own recollections in response to their journals and correspondence, the Whites introduce the reader to the nice highbrow, social, and financial adjustments that happened in Japan in the course of the approximately thirty-year span in their visits. they supply penetrating sketches of the personalities and attitudes of a massive crew of eastern teachers -- leaders who acted opposed to the existing opinion to introduce recognized intellectuals from the us to aid holiday down the stereotypes created by way of international warfare II. Reflecting at the altering tendencies and practices of the japanese philosophers, the Whites be aware the slow shift in orientation from the ecu to the yank culture in philosophy and touch upon how this produced tensions within the eastern philosophers who lived via it -- problems with nice curiosity either for college students of the heritage of philosophy and for someone drawn to the unfold of yank influence.
Outside the precincts of the colleges, the Whites are prepared observers of a tradition they've got come to appreciate and recognize. The delicacy of eastern social preparations, the significance of 'face,' the self-consciously troublesome place of girls in jap society, in addition to the complicated net of courtesy are given lifestyles via many insightful examples.
In the book's ultimate bankruptcy, the Whites contemplate upon issues jap they've got but to appreciate and the way their visits have made them extra aware of their very own cultural culture and what they understand as its deficiencies.
Journeys to the Japanese either entertains and informs approximately an incredible interval and critical participants in jap heritage. it's an affecting account of the way lasting overseas sympathy and knowing could be nourished via encouraging cultural alternate and private friendship.
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This went on for a half-hour. The substance of the debate was exceedingly interesting, and Ikegami conducted himself like a gifted disciple of a philosophy Morton deplored. Complete understanding was never achieved, and there was very little philosophical agreement. -like quality of the exchange was decreasing. Morton was angered somewhat by the fact that Ikegami asked for translation of Morton's words even though Ikegami knew English quite well— behaving as Clemenceau is said to have behaved at Versailles—but Morton's anger disappeared when it became apparent to him that Ikegami was sneering less than he had been at the beginning of the exchange.
One of them talked rather freely about his experiences in the two or three months immediately following the surrender in September 1946. He had been asked by the Director of Education to act as the liaison person between the Department of Education and GHQ. He explained that he had announced his point of view to both sides, saying that he could always be relied upon to tell the truth but not necessarily the whole truth since he felt obliged to keep confidences. He reported two incidents which vividly illustrated the problems associated with the postwar transformation of Japan.
They were conducted to an airy kitchen classroom simply equipped with work tables, a long sink, and several gas braziers; and here the school director, who was also one of the country's authorities on nutrition, explained how Japanese food adequately met human nutritional needs, with the one major exception of calcium since there was so little milk available in Japan. Then the American visitors were introduced to the mysteries of making, among other things, fish broth, spinach with sesame seeds, mashed broiled eggplant, tempura shrimp, tempura fish, and—surprisingly—tempura carrots, broccoli, and spinach.