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Pauline Chakmakjian
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Pauline founded The Japan Room to revive the salon atmosphere of eighteenth-century Europe from which speculative Freemasonry originated in combination with her friendship with Japan. She has many hobbies and interests. Pauline spends 2-3 months in Kyoto every year, usually during the spring and autumn. She is a volunteer for the Kyoto City International Foundation/Kyoto International Community House. Pauline is a Trustee of The Japan Society. www.japansociety.org.uk

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Influence of Korea on Japan – Pauline Chakmakjian, MA

2013.07.14 | カテゴリー : 未分類 | 投稿者名 :

While Japan has the popular reputation of historically being one of the most insular countries in the world
before Commodore Perry forced open her ports around the time of the Meiji Restoration in 1868, a wealth
of influence both culturally and religiously entered Japan from Korea and China from the 6th century AD.
Brave is the Westerner who undertakes a study of Japan alone, but a deeper understanding of Japan comes from a basic study of Korea and China as well.

 


Chapter 1: The Paulownia Pavillion introduces the protagonist of the novel, Genji, accompanied by the
first remarks on his good looks as a boy.  There is mention that a delegation from Koma, the ancient
Korean Kingdom of Koguryo included an expert physiognomist.  This is the first of several references to
Korea throughout the chapters.  Physiognomy is rather a niche tradition, so most of the Korean influence
on Japan can be seen within the visual, decorative and musical arts, architecture as well as religion in the
form of Buddhism from India transmitted to Japan though the Korean Kingdom of Baekje.

 

Japanophiles taken by the historicity located within the Kansai centres of Nara and Kyoto will know well
the famous Todai-ji Temple in Nara that houses a bronze statue of Great Buddha.  This Great Buddha
was constructed predominantly by Koreans and supervised by Gongmaryeo, a Korean Baekje craftsman.
This is just one example of the ways in which Korea has been intertwined in Japanese history throughout
the centuries.  There are also theories of even closer links between Korea and Japan when the translation
of Nara as “County” or “Kingdom” in Korean is made.  If your travel times and schedules permit, Korea is
also indeed well worth a visit if you plan to explore Japan.

 


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