Okakura Tenshin and Pan-Asianism: Shadows of the Past by University of Delhi Edited by Brij Tankha

By University of Delhi Edited by Brij Tankha

This quantity explores 4 key subject matters emanating from Okakura Tenshin's philosophy and legacy: Okakura Tenshin and definitely the right of Pan-Asianism; different kinds of Pan-Asianism (especially Islam and China); paintings and Asia; and, methods of defining Asia (up to the current day). Okakura Tenshin (1862-1913), artwork historian and ideologue pushed by means of a proposal of Asia sure through tradition, is an important determine in Japan's sleek highbrow heritage. His writings in either eastern and English turned a part of a transforming into discourse that located Japan because the parent and protector of Asia opposed to the depredations, cultural up to financial and political, of the West. on the outbreak of the Pacific warfare, the 1st line of Okakura's 1903 e-book ('Asia is One'), "The beliefs of the East", was once celebrated posthumously through the japanese army because the strongest expression of Japan's objective of political ascendancy in Asia.

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This sense of consciousness is very close in character to the Pan-Asianism of Japan. That is why there were those in Japan who favored Mahathir’s EAEG and others who opposed it supporting cooperation and alliance with the United States. This conflict in modern Japan is a continuation of the conflict between Pan-Asianists and those who wanted to distance themselves from Asia and I wonder what Takeuchi Yoshimi would have to say about this. I think of his words: The West invades the East and the East resists.

The paradigm of the past was that the prosperity of Asia lay in the victory of Asia but now the paradigm has changed. qxp 10/29/08 1:18 PM Page 19 Okakura Tenshin and the Ideal of Pan-Asianism 19 paradigm what does ‘Asia’ mean? The prosperity of Asia now lies in the world economy. Today, it is even said that the twenty-first century is the century of Asia. So how can the idea of Pan-Asianism that was based on a sense of crisis, thought necessary at the time to fight Western invasion, be interpreted to answer today’s problems?

Going back a generation, his father, born a samurai became a merchant, and was married to an Osaka merchant’s daughter. qxp 10/29/08 1:18 PM Page 29 Okakura Tenshin: Writing a Good History 29 Okakura Tenshin (Kakuzo as he was then known) was born in Yokohama, where his father, a former samurai from Echizen, had been appointed to manage a silk trading house for the Fukui daimyo Matsudaira Shungaku. Kakuzo’s mother seemed to occupy a marginal position in the house, referred to only as ‘this woman’ (kono onna); and ‘this woman’ had little time for her son.

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