You can still stay in the rooms where John Lennon and his family stayed at traditional hotels in Hakone and Karuizawa. In addition, milk tea, for which John Lennon taught the recipe, is a specialty. The family's portraits are displayed in an old photo studio nearby. What you can feel in this one of the best resorts in Japan is John's presence as a family man.
But where else can you feel the soul of John Lennon as an artist? It was Tokyo.
There is one antique store near Yushima Tenjin in Tokyo that still exists today. When I visited this antique shop, the owner told me an anecdote about John Lennon's encounter with Japanese art. Not many people know about the experience of the previous owner.
It was January 1971, and without warning, John and Yoko suddenly came to the store.
The previous owner of the store did not know John Lennon(nor The Beatles), but when he saw John asking questions about the paintings and drawings he saw and buying them one after another, he thought, "What a connoisseur!
He was either a great connoisseur or a great fool.
Here are some of the things John bought at that time.
Matsuo Basho and others
John was especially happy to buy a strip of paper by Matsuo Basho, which he held in his arms for a long time.
It was the famous haiku, "Furuike ya kawazu tobikomu mizu no oto" (Old pond- a frog jumped in-sound of water), but how did Yoko translate it?
John probably didn't know who the painting he was buying belonged to.
The interesting thing about this story is that people who had never met before were able to communicate with each other through Japanese art.
This is a communication that would have been impossible between John Lennon and his fans, or in other words, between one person and many. However, it proves that those who understand the essence of beauty can reach a deep mutual understanding in no time at all.
"JK", born out of Japanese culture and institutions, should know about it
Many young people in Japan enter high school the year they turn 16 and spend three years there.
These days, the age of learning English has been accelerated to around 10 years old, but from there, there is a system in place to continue learning English for approximately 10 years.
As a result, Japanese people have become very disliking of English.
But don't get me wrong, it's the learning of English that I hate, not English itself.
In fact, there are so many words that are expressed in English in Japan today.
For girls in particular, the three years of high school life are some of the brightest days of their lives. These girls are called "jk" and have a huge impact on the Japanese consumer market. They are also known to have their own language culture. For example, each of the three seasons they spend as jk has its own symbol and attribution The first year is "FJK", "SJK" for the second year, And the third year is "TJK", no, that's not right. The correct answer is LJK, meaning "L" in "Last". So it's just like "The Last Emperor."
Characteristics of Japan, an example
Here I would like to introduce a novel called "Silence" by Shusaku Endo.
It is a story about the faith of missionaries who came all the way from Europe to Japan several hundred years ago to proselytize.
At that time, Japan was under the military government of the samurai called the Edo-bakufu, which thoroughly suppressed Christians in the country.
At the end of the story, a missionary, cornered by the shogunate, comes face to face with his former teacher, who had given up his faith in the face of the Bakufu.
The missionary reprimands his teacher severely. The missionary rebukes him, but the teacher reveals an inconvenient truth to him.
Christianity, which we risked our lives to propagate and which we thought had taken root, has been transformed into something that looks nothing like it, to suit the convenience of Japanese believers.
Japanese English continues to evolve in its own way
English is no exception to this.
The Japanese have transformed the English language to suit their convenience.
To a native speaker, it may seem like a strange English is being circulated.
However, the reason behind this is our country's millennia-long tendency to Japanize everything.
The language sense of today's high school girls is just the latest manifestation of this.