Vol. 69

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Vol. 69

The teaching of “Jomon” (2)

Human beings who really had a passion, Jomon

I will continue to talk about Jomon Dojo.

“Jomon Dou” is a word created by acquaintance Mr. Haruichi Kato, and there are hints to solve various problems of the present age in the way of life and way of thinking of people in Jomon period, or study from Jomon period It is a way of thinking that it is not a burdock. It is said that research in the Jomon period is very popular in Japan, and recently there was an exhibition of the Jomon period in the National Museum and it was popular. There was a meeting in Tokyo where you can hear the story about Jomon-do in January this year, and it was a great learning experience.

Jomon People Who do not have weapons to attack people

Last time on April 20th issue = I wrote about Jomon pottery, but more than that, I was surprised by the nature of the Jomon people. The first surprise was the fact that the people of Jomon had no weapons at all. As they were hunters, they had tools to hunt animals for eating, but they did not attack or kill anything else, but they did not have any weapons to attack or kill people. You know that you did not have it.

In addition, it is said that the use of the mind, such as love of others and understanding of others, is the feature of Jomon who is an act of giving kindness to others without competing. . It is said that 51% of the Jomon people’s DNA has been taken over by modern Japanese people, and I think that the unique Japanese culture of Japanese people is that Jomon people are their roots.

By the way, it seems that the same DNA is also found in Tibetan men, this story was a surprise! I have always been in touch with Tibetans, but Tibetans are really full of passion for even the tiny three-year-old children, and Tibetans are more active in making the world peaceful I always thought that I should have to be able to do it. The same thing has always been thought of Japanese people, so the kindness of Japanese and Tibetan kindness roots might have been like this! I was surprised with.

Fighting and killing began in the Yayoi era. there are various theories as to how long Jomon period was, but it is estimated that from 15,000 B.C. to around 2000 B.C. That means that the Jomon period lasted for about 13,000 years, but during this time, even though there was technology to make weapons to fight people were there, there are no sign that weapons were made. Perhaps it was possible to live in peace without killing other human at all. Why? After I heard this, I thought. this is a powerful theory that since the Yayoi period various races entered the area of Japan, and when farming came in at that time, fighting between villages began. When farming is at the center of life, good and bad, harvests are divided according to the area, which made the differences between rich and poor and the difference in status, and also attacking other villages aiming at the time of harvest seems to have started.

When I heard about the Jomon period in this meeting, I thought instinctively that Japanese roots were in the Jomon. Recently I read “Kojiki” many times, but Japanese in Kojiki is far from my Japanese image.   Lot of sex and killing, and I now do not feel that this is Japanese roots at all. On the contrary, the story of Jomon was convincingly enough to this meeting, as Jomon story feel just right in my heart. My DNA only reminded me of Japanese goodness.

When I was in elementary school in a mountain, one day in a science class we went on excursion. We had found a cave . something like the residence of ancient people near the top of the mountain. There was a sea shell mound nearby also., and the pottery was excavated nearby, so our teacher said that this might have been a site of the Jomon people’s dwelling. I wanted to go to that place and see what is happening now.

Originally published as Vol. 55 in Weekly Biz, January 22, 2019; translated by Jim Luce.

See: Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura Column in Japan’s Weekly Biz



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