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大学の世界展開力強化事業:留学生の見た日本のお正月と富士山

総合研究所 上地直美

 キルギスタン共和国からの大学院留学生、エルキンベック・カマロブは、2013年12月25日から2014年1月6日まで、名桜大学教授の小川寿美子先生の紹介で、そのお友達の岡部医師家にホームステイした。箱根の温泉で一年の汗を流し、東京の浅草寺で年末の除夜の鐘を聞き、東京のおせち料理に舌鼓を打ち、東京タワー、スカイツリー、ディズニーランド、 鎌倉などを見学した。一番印象に残ったのが、世界文化遺産にもなった富士山で、その印象を綴ったのが下記である。江戸時代に神聖な場所とされた富士山に女性が登山を許されなかったということを聞き、タイとの共通点を見いだし、宗教の持つ「矛盾」も感じた。



Climbing Mt. Fuji

Erkinbek Kamalov

This year I enjoyed a happy New Year in Tokyo, Kamakura, and Chiba (Disneyland), staying in a host family, to whom Prof. Ogawa at Meio University introduced. I stayed in their home for 2 weeks at the turn of 2014. They took me to many well known places around Tokyo such as Sensoji-Temple, Tokyo Tower, Sky Tree, Studio Jiburi, Hakone, Kamakura (Daibtsu), Tsurugaoka Hachimangoo, and Disneyland.

Specifically, I was impressed by Mt. Fuji. Therefore, I am now writing a short article on it. I heard that Fuji literary has two meanings; one is “Never Die,” and the other, “Wealthy Warrior.”

We enjoyed a day trip to Mt. Fuji. A tour guide was quite knowledgeable, and spoke English very fluently. I heard that several volcanoes erupted and Mt. Fuji came out in ancient days. Every year, five thousands mountain climbers come to Mt. Fuji only for two months (July and August).

I was surprised to hear that during the Edo period it was prohibited for women to climb Mt. Fuji because at that time high priests considered women were not pure and Mt. Fuji was “sacred place.” However, in 1832, the first woman wearing in man's clothes succeeded climbing Mt. Fuji although males supported her! Interestingly, her name was Takayama Tatsuo, which means in Japanese language “Standing on a high Mountain.” I thought what a brave woman she was because she made a creative step against a conservative Japanese culture, which used to be controlled by men. I found some similarities to Thailand’s culture. In Thailand, women are still prohibited to enter into some ceremonies or temples. I am wondering why traditional main religions are still conservative and strict to women.

The first foreigner who climbed Mt. Fuji was British Consular General. At that time, about three hundred samurai warriors accompanied with him. The oldest person who has climbed Mt. Fuji is Igawashi in his 101 years old in 1988 although his children and relatives accompanied with him. I heard that he stopped every 30 seconds and succeeded to arrive at the top of Mt. Fuji.

Once again, I would like to greatly appreciate Prof. Ogawa and the Okabe family, who gave me such a wonderful opportunity. I cordially wish the family and all people in the world will have Happy New Year in 2014!