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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Call it what you want; its owners, Mr. and Mrs. Takeshi Murakami romantically named it Foo Foo Tei (風風亭) “The Wind Pavilion.” The Zip Code belongs in the glitzy Hacienda Heights’ numerology; but the venue is at 15018 Clark Avenue, near Turnbull Canyon, a half-rural half industrial commune. Drive by at more than 15 MPH and you’ll miss it, as we have done a number of times. It has limited parking; a “B” rating; a totally unpretentious décor like a hole-in-the wall in an early Showa Tokyo backstreet. But, Ah...the food, THE FOOD! …and how they treat ...

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Chris You Were Late! - Part 4

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The orthodox scientific view is that all Native Americans, Abenaqui to Zoque, descend from the Mongoloid people who, about 16,500 years ago, crossed from Siberia to Alaska through Beringia land bridge that later became the Bering Strait. In time, they became the Clovis people and, like all other human groups, at certain points of progress they developed their own cultural nuances. Any similarities with cultures of the Old World are developmental coincidences—convergences. Anything else is pure speculation. Got it?

At Texas Christian University—whose slogan is Learning to Change the World—Modern Languages teacher, Dr ...

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Chris You Were Late! - Part 3

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Spending a life trying to convince the orthodoxy that one has found differences between accepted doctrine and new realities must be awfully frustrating. Eons often slip by before cultural barnacles can be removed from the theoretical ships of scientific dogma. Dr. Betty Jane Meggers’ epic stands among the best attempts at barnacle removing. Meggers, perhaps the most distinguished Anthropology’s heterodox is now in good company, but that did not happen until years after her tireless work in Ecuador.

Doing a little historical digging, we find in the mid thirties, Mexican anthropologist, Eulalia Guzmán who strongly ...

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Chris You Were Late! - Part 2

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Have you ever met a young American gakusei (student) who doesn’t remember the couplet: “In 1492 – Columbus sailed the Ocean blue?” Try my own version, please:

In fourteen-hundred-ninety-two, Columbus sailed the Ocean blue
It’s all and well, but I’ve to tell
That, eons before Chris’ arrival, thanks to their top knack for survival,
The Jomon sailors came ashore, on the North Coast of Ecuador;
The Chinese came to Calico, and both of them to Mexico.
So as we with care review the past, find that Columbus got here last.

In his book Columbus Was Last ...

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Chris You Were Late! - Part 1

While doing research for another article, I found information on the 1596 wreck of the Spanish Manila Galleon San Felipe, which was returning to New Spain (a territory in North and Central America whose main government was located in present-day Mexico) from the Philippines. Loaded with about a million Mexican pesos worth of oriental goods, it also had a party of Franciscan missionaries on board. A nasty Pacific storm forced the vessel into Tosa, Shikoku. As was then customary, everybody wanted a portion of the wrecked goods, except for the friars. Francisco de Olandia, the ship’s Pilot Major, threatened ...

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