Mountain Goddess

IMG_3706私:「富士山って、女性なんですよね...」

艇長:「そう...木花佐久夜毘売(コノハナサクヤヒメ)...」

私:「...元祖キラキラネームですね...」

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O The Economist…

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With a minor change in the title between its printed edition and on-line one, an article about the difficulty of legislating for the developing business sector has turned into a critique of our national character (and… size?).

I hope the newspaper is getting something in return for this and that it is worth their while.

Bigger Than That

As the main promoter of CPTPP and the rule-based global trade policy, which underwrites peace among the nations, Japan cannot bow to the pressure to move towards haphazard bilateral trade agreements or, more to the point, personality politics, which seems to sustain both the president and these media talking-head types attacking him.

Statecraft is greater than Trump, Putin or even Emperor Xi.

Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.”

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Historical Perspective (Note to Self)

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1860年3月、咸臨丸でアメリカに渡った福沢諭吉が写真屋の娘、Theodra Alice嬢と撮ったツーショット。

咸臨丸は同年6月に帰国している。

咸臨丸が日本を発ったのは2月10日(陰暦1月19日)。4月5日(陰暦3月3日)には桜田門外の変で大老井伊直弼が暗殺されている。同年11月6日にはエイブラハム・リンカーンがアメリカ大統領選挙に勝利し、アメリカは南北戦争に突入していく。