エドワード・モレノ

(Edward Moreno)

現在91歳のエド・モレノ氏は、テレビ、新聞や雑誌などの報道関係でおよそ70年のキャリアを積み、作家、編集者、翻訳者として数々の賞を受賞してきました。彼が日本文化に傾倒するようになったのは1951年で、その熱は一向に冷める気配を見せません。現在モレノ氏は、カリフォルニア、ウェストコビナ地区のイースト・サン・ガブリエル・バレー日系コミュニティセンター(East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center)の月刊誌「Newsette」で、日本や日系文化、歴史についてのコラムを連載しています。モレノ氏による記事のいくつかは、東京発の雑誌、「The East」にも掲載されています。

(2012年3月 更新)

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Meeting of the Twain - Part 2 of 6

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AMOUR AT FIRST SIGHT

Whatever the reasons Perry and supporters had, to force the “opening of Japan,” they never even imagined what effect their action would have on Europe’s and, eventually, America’s creative minds. It was as if breaching the already porous Sakoku had caused an en-masse escape of all the Japanese muses.1 And, it served the West right, because it happened at a most appropriate time.

In France, the Seat of World Culture, the sanctimonious Académie des Beaux-Arts, and the sterile government-sponsored Salons had forced upon pictorial artists a suffocating nightmare. The ...

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Meeting of the Twain1 - Part 1 of 6

HAJIMEMASHITE!

It all began in 1846, when US Navy Commander James Biddle invaded Edo Bay with two American ships; he tried to negotiate a treaty with Japan, and, after an ungracious incident involving the Bakufu—the military regime—he was evicted with a firm No! Biddle returned to America with his coattails between his legs, and the warning that all international matters HAD to go through Nagasaki.2

In 1849, US Navy Captain James Glynn followed Biddle’s attempt, and made it to Nagasaki. He had come in the American brig USS Preble, to rescue a party of shipwrecked American ...

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Dialogue With an Old Friend

Pretending I had to search for a book, I wormed myself in to take a last look at my dying old friend. I sat there a few minutes all miserable, and muttered: “Dear friend, why do you have to go?”

The answer came fast: “Stop bawling! It bothers me.”

“How can anyone be so insensitive?” I said.

“Insensitive, huh? I served you very well for over fifty-six years. Think of all our beautiful moments together. I’ve already heard so many comforting prayers inside of me! I want to go in peace.”

That’s how the Old Social Hall and ...

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Frank’s Bequest

The on-shore winds have danced all night up and down over Rose Hills. They have then come down full speed, however humble, and with their innards laden with ocean moisture; now they are crawling eastward, along Puente Avenue. By six and even seven AM, the dew is gratefully absorbed by the unnatural vegetation that the residents have forced on this arid bend of California’s soil.

In one of your early morning runs or walks, deliberately stop for a moment in front of the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center in West Covina, CA. Notice the wide expanse of ...

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Go-Getter Extraordinaire

Yo Maeda called from her cell phone letting us know she was thoroughly lost. “You’re not too far away,” I told her. “Back track, I’ll lead you.” In a couple of minutes, she was here, safely. She had brought a lot of things for us to price, for our coming Hanamatsuri. Carton after carton full of dolls, jewelry, toy, fans, etc. kept coming out of her little Prius.

I asked, “Gosh, where did you get all this? “From my friends,” she answered. “I am not afraid to beg, if it is for the Center. Help me clean these ...

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