Waste Land at Tecali near Puebla, Mexico
A Beautiful Spot at Tecali, near Puebla, Mexico
‘Is that why you abandoned Christianity?’
‘No, no!’ The renegade monk glanced behind him. Several Indians were standing in front of the hut to the rear, staring at the Japanese.
‘No matter what the padres might say, I believe in my own Jesus. My Jesus is not to be found in the palatial cathedrals. He lives among these miserable Indians… Although he had hat is what I believe.’
The Japanese City of Inazawa and the Greek Municipality of Olympia got together on the day of the Hadaka Festival held on 22 February 2013 at Inazawa, Japan. Shown in the picture above are Mayor Thimios Kotzias from Olympia; Mayor Toshiaki Ohno of the City of Inazawa; and President Aris Panayotopoulos, Olympia Tourism Organization (from left to right; source of the photo: Asahi Newspaper, Nagoya Edition, 23 Feb. 2013). The two city have advanced extremely strong sister city activities ever since the late Professor Keiji Kokubu, who was made Honorary Citizen of Olympia in 1981, helped to establish the sister relationship back in 1987.
Please visit the site “Keiji Kokubu” (a Wikipedia article written in Japanese, though) at http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%9B%BD%E5%88%86%E6%95%AC%E6%B2%BB .
Tatsushi Narita, T. S. Eliot, the World Fair of St. Louis and “Autonomy” (Published for NCCF-Japan)
(Nagoya: Kougaku Shuppan Press, 2013)
A Brief Note on Tatsushi Narita’s New Book
Years ago, Tatsushi Narita discovered new evidence concerning the early years T. S. Eliot spent in St. Louis, Missouri. The evidence is entitled “Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904, Stockholder’s Coupon Ticket”, a ticket booklet issued by the Exposition Company to the stockholder “T. S. Eliot”. In the book, (1) Narita offers a detailed description of the “Coupon Ticket” and (2) clarifies the would-be poet’s factual links with the Exposition such as the target exhibits and events which he explored on the fairgrounds and the Eliot family connections with the new suburban campus of Washington University in St. Louis, a campus which was used as an essential part of the World Fair.
The new evidence also enabled Narita to have the following three outcomes. (3) Long before the anthropological studies at Harvard, Eliot had immersed himself in the cross-cultural discussion between civilization and culture (savagery) during his St. Louis period. (4) The treatment and critical cognizance of indigenous people in his short story “The Man Who Was King” (1905) derive from his encounter with Igorot people from the Philippines, who were on exhibit at the World’s Fair. (5) The short story sustains the autonomy of a primitive island society of Matahiva in the South Seas. This applies all the more in view of the fact that, immediately after the Spanish-American War, the issue of autonomy arising from the problem how to treat the Philippines and Cuba was especially prevalent.
–成田興史著『T. S. エリオット、セントルイス万国博覧会および「オートノミー」』（英文、2013年1月発行）案内