Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Inc.

“In 1841 a young Japanese boy of 14 years named Manjiro was the man of his family having lost his father at the age of eight. His only brother was older but quite sickly. He sought to be a fisherman in order to help support his mother (Shiho) and four siblings. From his village of Nakanohama he journeyed to the port of Usa 90 miles to the northeast. Finally he was allowed to join a crew of four others and they sailed on January 5th to search for their catch of bonito. Being the youngest, Manjiro’s duties included cooking (mostly rice) and unloading the nets when pulled onto the boat (…)” (whitfield-manjiro.org)



Dejima 出島 - The "exit island" - An artificial island established in Nagasaki in 1634 and used as a trading post by the Dutch until 1853.


Dejima 出島 - "L'île de la sortie" - Île artificielle établie à Nagasaki en 1634 et utilisée comme poste de commerce par les Hollandais jusqu'en 1853.

Nakahama Manjirô’s accomplishments

“In the following years Manjiro was to share his knowledge of western technology in several ways:
• He translated Bowditch’s “The New American Practical Navigator” into Japanese
• He became Professor of Navigation at the Naval Training School
• He wrote,”Eibei Taiwa Shokei” (A shortcut to Anglo-American Conversation). This was the first English text published in Japan
• He initiated the first whaling industry in Japan based on his experiences
• He was the official translator for the delegation which crossed the Pacific to San Francisco on the Kanrin-maru (the first Japanese ship to do so)
• With the new Meiji government he was appointed professor to Kaisei Univ. later to become know as Tokyo Imperial University (Todai Univ.)” (http://www.whitfield-manjiro.org/the-manjiro-story.html)

47 Japanese Prefectures

Here are the 47 Japanese Prefecture:
• Aichi Prefecture 愛知県
• Akita Prefecture 秋田県
• Aomori Prefecture 青森県
• Chiba Prefecture 千葉県
• Ehime Prefecture 愛媛県
• Fukui Prefecture 福井県
• Fukuoka Prefecture 福岡県
• Fukushima Prefecture 福島県
• Gifu Prefecture 岐阜県
• Gunma Prefecture 群馬県
• Hiroshima Prefecture 広島県
• Hokkaido Prefecture 北海道
• Hyōgo Prefecture 兵庫県
• Ibaraki Prefecture 茨城県
• Ishikawa Prefecture 石川県
• Iwate Prefecture 岩手県
• Kagawa Prefecture 香川県
• Kagoshima Prefecture 鹿児島県
• Kanagawa Prefecture 神奈川県
• Kōchi Prefecture 高知県
• Kumamoto Prefecture 熊本県
• Kyoto Prefecture 京都府
• Mie Prefecture 三重県
• Miyagi Prefecture 宮城県
• Miyazaki Prefecture 宮崎県
• Nagano Prefecture 長野県
• Nagasaki Prefecture 長崎県
• Nara Prefecture 奈良県
• Niigata Prefecture 新潟県
• Ōita Prefecture 大分県
• Okayama Prefecture 岡山県
• Okinawa Prefecture 沖縄県
• Osaka Prefecture 大阪府
• Saga Prefecture 佐賀県
• Saitama Prefecture 埼玉県
• Shiga Prefecture 滋賀県
• Shimane Prefecture 島根県
• Shizuoka Prefecture 静岡県
• Tochigi Prefecture 栃木県
• Tokushima Prefecture 徳島県
• Tokyo Prefecture 東京都
• Tottori Prefecture 鳥取県
• Toyama Prefecture 富山県
• Wakayama Prefecture 和歌山県
• Yamagata Prefecture 山形県
• Yamaguchi Prefecture 山口県
• Yamanashi Prefecture 山梨県

Japan – From wabi-sabi to Geminoids…

Japan – From wabi-sabi to Geminoids…

On May 21, let’s take the Japanese CrossCultur’Roads
Through its 47 prefectures all along Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Hokkaidô

And let’s discover a country where natural phenomena are so unpredictable,
A country that has brought certain arts to a level of unparalleled perfection,
Whether they are made of lacquer (urushi 漆), or folded paper (origami 折り紙)
A country that has experienced a "way of warriors" (bushidō 武士道) and a period of isolationism of more than two centuries

No doubt that many terms have the power to claim it,
As for wabi-sabi 侘寂, the acceptance of transience and imperfection,
Or hanami 花見, the custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers

As the new imperial era named Reiwa 令和 started in 2019,
Who are Japanese people in this 21st century?
Whether they are attached to the oldest traditions, or to an extreme future,
Whether based on the texts of Izanami and Izanagi's world,
Or initiated by the humanoid robots of Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro,

On May 21, with a script based upon four different systems
With a language based upon the existence of many levels of politeness
Let’s take the Japanese CrossCultur’Roads

Le Japon - Du wabi-sabi au géminoïde...

Le 21 mai, empruntons les Routes interculturelles du Japon
Au gré de ses 47 préfectures tout au long de Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku et Hokkaidô

Découvrons-y un pays où les phénomènes naturels sont si imprévisibles,
Un pays qui a amené certains arts à un niveau de perfection inégalé,
Qu'ils soient en laque (urushi 漆), ou en papier plié (origami 折り紙)
Un pays qui a connu une « voies de guerriers » (bushidō 武士道)
Et une période d'isolationnisme de plus de deux siècles

Il ne fait aucun doute que de nombreux termes ont le pouvoir d’en témoigner,
Que ce soit celui de wabi-sabi 侘寂, acceptation de l’impermanence et de l'imperfection,
Ou de hanami 花見, coutume liée à la floraison saisonnière

Tandis que la nouvelle ère impériale nommée Reiwa 令和 a commencé en 2019,
Qui sont les Japonais en ce XXIe siècle,
Qu'ils soient attachés aux traditions les plus anciennes ou à l’avenir le plus incroyable
Qu'ils soient fondés sur les légendes d'Izanami et l d'Izanagi,
Ou initiés par les robots humanoïdes du professeur Hiroshi Ishiguro ?

Le 21 mai, au moyen d’une écriture s’appuyant sur quatre systèmes différents
Et avec une langue disposant de nombreux niveaux de politesse
Prenons les Routes interculturelles du Japon



Kintsugi 金継ぎ is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery. (Japanese lg, Japanese wr)

Le kintsugi 金 継 ぎ est l'art japonais de réparer la poterie brisée.

What is breaking? How to define it? Intentional or not, how to interpret breaking? What are the material or immaterial elements that break? Why do they break? How do they break? With what consequences? What are the ways and means to repair? Who repairs? In what context? How does digital technology intervene in these areas?. (to be completed)

Qu’est-ce que casser ? Comment le définir ? Intentionnel ou non, comment interpréter le fait de casser ? Quels sont les éléments matériels ou immatériels qui se cassent ? Pourquoi se cassent-ils ? Comment se cassent-ils ? Avec quelles conséquences ? Quelles sont les façons et les moyens de réparer ? Qui répare ? Dans quel cadre ? Comment le numérique intervient-il en ces domaines ?... (à compléter)



Japan is a country in Asia. Its capital is: Tokyo. Its official language is: Japanese . Its currency is: Yen.

Code: JP | JPN
FR: Japon
DE: Japan
IT: Giappone
ES: Japón
ZH: 日本
PI: rìběn
JA: 日本
RO: Nihon
Capital: Tokyo

長 naga – Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki Prefecture 長崎県
Written with the kanji 長 “long” chō, naga-i
That we also meet for instance in…
長男 chounan “eldest son” “first-born son”
長大 choudai “long and large” “huge”
長生 chousei “longevity”
or 長女 choujo “eldest daughter” “first-born daughter”
成長 seichou “growth” “development” “growing up” “becoming an adult”

阪 saka – Osaka Prefecture

阪 saka – Osaka Prefecture

Osaka Prefecture 大阪府
Written with the kanji 阪 “slope”, “hill” saka, han
That we also meet for instance in…
大阪湾 oosakawan “Osaka Bay”
阪神タイガース hanshintaigaasu “Hanshin Tigers (Japanese pro baseball team)"
Or 阪弁 oosakaben “Osaka’s dialect”

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