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Kenji Miyazawa is one of Japan's leading poets and fairy tale writers.
(Born August 27, 1896 in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture-September 21, 1933 (Showa 8) Wikipedia)
It's very famous now, but in fact he wasn't very well received when he was alive and was almost unknown.
But after his death he is Kenji's younger brotherSeiroku MiyazawaOf Mr. and PoetShinpei KusanoDue to his hard work, the works he left behind became highly regarded, and many of his works were noticed by people.
What kind of words did Kenji Miyazawa, who is known for his many sayings, leave behind?
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations and Quotations
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 1 The Spirit of the Middle Way
★Apparently, there is nothing better than working just right.
It sounds like a plain word, but when Kenji speaks, it gets more weight.
To work just right is, in Buddhist terms, the "spirit of the Middle Way." It is said that you can become a "middle way" by giving or working a little tightly.
Kenji Miyazawa was also a Buddhist and often suffered from poor physical condition, but for farmers and underprivileged people, he himself is famous for "working unreasonably".
The quote may also include a commandment to some who are not working at all and working, and conversely, a concern for those who are overworked and never rest in poverty. is not it.
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 2 Enjoy Happiness
★If you can reach true happiness, the sadness up to that point is just an episode.
If you are happy now, the past will be a good memory of your happiness. No matter how painful it may be, if you can say that you are happy in the end, it is just a process of happiness.
Also, if you bite into the happiness of today, the hardships and sorrows of the past will disappear like the snow of spring.
And this quote also contains a heartfelt encouragement for those who are working hard.
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 3 Tell the Truth
★Can I turn away from the truth and tell the children the truth?
Kenji Miyazawa, a worshiper and teacher, stares at himself as hard as he calls himself Shura (a person who is lost because he is not aware of it). It will be to discover the true heart without lies.
Only those who are able to "do not lie to themselves" will have the power to determine the truth of things, which in the end will lead to true love for their children and students.
Kenji hated cheating on the right things and telling the children.
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 4 Permanent Effort
★Permanent unfinished This is finished
Even if you think you've worked hard to achieve something, it's not complete. There is still a way to go. There is still something to develop. So why did you describe it as "completed"?
One of them is the artistic point of view that "change is the perfection."
The other is, "I found perfection as a human being in the attitude of always pursuing better things without being satisfied with small results."
Kenji Miyazawa was an extraordinary "worker". It's also an effort to love many people, not for yourself. Effort is called "dedication" in Buddhism. The devotion itself is happiness, and at the same time, it may represent one completion as a Buddhist practice.
If you give a related quote in that sense
★The quest is already the way.
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 5 Love for the whole world
★Unless the whole world is happy, personal happiness is impossible.
Of course, it does not mean that individuals should not be happy until the whole world is happy. It can be said that it is important that the circle of individual happiness grows and becomes the happiness of the region, which leads to the happiness of the whole world.
In addition to Buddhism, Kenji Miyazawa also studied various religions and scholarships, and among them, he had a profound influence on the idea of Christian love (although this can be interpreted as a Buddhist idea of mercy). )
Without an interest (love) in the happiness of the whole world, we would have wanted to express that the true happiness of an individual is impossible in the true sense of the word.
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 6 Seeking Human Potential
★Let's go with us. We have a ticket that goes anywhere.
Isn't this ticket the possibility that a person has? Human beings have Buddha-nature and divinity as children of God and children of Buddha, and everyone has infinite possibilities.
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 7 Keep thinking
★I'm sure I can do it. Because we are thinking about it now.
"Thinking" towards dreams and ideals is the driving force for great progress. As long as you keep thinking, things can be accomplished. On the contrary, "giving up" is probably "stopping thinking".
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 8 Is there action, that is, love?
★A good person is often preceded by discussion and analysis and ends up with it. There is no point in taking action.
The better people are, the better they are at discussion and analysis, but it makes no sense if they don't act.
Kenji Miyazawa also hated poets, artists and critics who were always smoldering in the salon. Of course, it is also important to exchange opinions and obtain information with various people.
However, while staying there, Kenji never wanted a life in which he thought only about himself and did not devote himself to the well-being of many people.
Kenji Miyazawa's actions include the concept of "love" for the sake of others.
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 9 Move people's hearts
★The only thing that really moves a person's heart is the actions and words that exude from that person's experience. This is because people do not feel empathy with knowledge alone.
Only actions and words based on actual experience move people's hearts, and knowledge alone cannot sympathize with people, no matter how knowledgeable they are.
It is not only the knowledge and rational approach that moves a person's heart, but also the sharpened emotional influence and the light of the person's soul that has been refined from actual experience.
A person with a big head who is packed with only knowledge can not move other people, but like Mr. Konosuke Matsushita, the owner, loves people carefully, and the power that exudes from the actual experience is the power to move people.
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 10 Live to the fullest now
★All we can do is live in the present.
★Only one small present continues.
It may seem obvious, but people can't go back to the past, and the future hasn't come yet, so it's important to live in the present with all our might. I will try.
In Buddhist thought, there are three generations of the past, present, and future, and what is present is a manifestation of past thoughts and deeds. Similarly, the causal reason that present thoughts and deeds are connected to the future world. There is a teaching.
Of course, this law applies even in this world. Therefore, "There is no point in regretting the past. Life is the accumulation of the present, and it is important to live the present (now) seriously, hoping for a better future than the present. Kenji would have wanted to say.
It is a wise saying of Kenji's love that he wants to encourage and somehow save those who are overwhelmed by poverty and suffering.
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 11 Thoughts that spring from the depths of my heart
★Many are helpless or fraudulent, unless they overflow from the unconscious.
Kenji Miyazawa has a deep knowledge of mysticism and psychology, and the unconscious here is probably the subconscious. In other words, the unexpected feelings that spring up from the depths of your heart are fake.
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 12 What is true happiness? !!
★Everyone is happiest if they do something really good.
In a nutshell, Kenji Miyazawa was a person who practiced love with a humble heart toward the Utopia world. Therefore, the center of what Kenji calls "really good things" is "to love, give love, and give love to many people."
If you only want to receive love from others, your heart cannot be happy. On the contrary, it is much happier to love people, give them to others, and give them love. When you love a person, your heart is filled with joy, and that holy joy blooms in your heart as a flower of happiness.
Kenji Miyazawa's Quotations / Quotations 13 The source of Kenji's power
★New power comes to you from both the wind and the glowing clouds.
Kenji Miyazawa was a religious practitioner and worshiper who believed in God and Buddha.
Beyond the wind and the glowing clouds, Kenji must have felt an invisible existence. He must have received energy from the gods, Buddha, angels, and bodhisattva to create a tight and suitable fairy tale.
The background of Kenji Miyazawa as the background of the saying
Kenji Miyazawa is famous as a poet and fairy tale writer, and his work is well known.
Let's take a look at what kind of person Kenji Miyazawa himself was.
・ ・ Until he becomes a writer
My parents run a used clothes shop and a pawn shop, and since I am the eldest son, my parents seemed to expect me to take over the family business.
By the time he was in elementary school, he liked reading books and often read books.
Around this time, my skills as a poet and writer may have been nurtured.
But in a few yearsSister ToshiAfter receiving the news that he had become ill, he returned to Iwate and began working as a teacher at an agricultural school.
It is from around this time that I do creative activities.
Death too young
Back in Iwate, Kenji Miyazawa writes a variety of works while working.
Throughout his life, he never made poetry creation or fairy tale creation his main business, and always did other work in parallel.
After returning to Iwate, I was a teacher at an agricultural school for a while,30I quit as a teacher when I was 18 years old.Rashu Local AssociationI will make a thing.
Farming instruction was my main job, and I was working hard to make better produce.
In between such work, I wrote a lot of works and left them in the world.
Kenji Miyazawa was active in both his main business and writing activities and continued to work hard every day, but his body was originally weak, so he often became unwell.
And1933In 2008, he37At the age of 18, I finally got acute pneumonia.
The disease never healed, and he died of acute pneumonia.
37Death at the age of 30 is a death that is too young even at a time when the average life expectancy is not as long as it is now.
However, his posthumous works will be loved and appreciated.
Episodes and anecdotes left by Kenji Miyazawa
Finally, we will summarize the famous episodes and anecdotes of Kenji Miyazawa.
You'll know what he thought, and you'll know more about him.
・ Is Kenji Miyazawa a vegetarian?
He was an ardent believer in the Hwaska Sutra and hated the killing of animals.
So vegetarians who think that eating meat is not good and eat only vegetables? It will be.
One theory of "amenimo macezu" that says "eat 4 combinations of brown rice, miso and a little vegetables a day" is famous.
・ One side that I like records
Kenji Miyazawa seems to have liked collecting records very much.
There was a phonophonophono in the house, and it was like heating up enough to stick to a needle.
There was a story that I liked mineral gathering when I was a child, so I think I liked to collect something.
・ I was single all my life.
Kenji Miyazawa had no marriage history and was single all his life.
It's not that I wasn't interested in women, like falling in love with a nurse in a hospital at first sight.
Apparently, he realized that he could not live long, and his friends15He says he can only live for about 10 years.
He actually died young, and he may have avoided marriage because he felt the shortness of his life.
Kenji Miyazawa continued to explore true happiness
Kenji Miyazawa left many works while doing various jobs, including teachers.
His works contain ideas based on his experience, and there are many works that represent a person named Kenji Miyazawa.
Through poetry and fairy tales, you can feel his kindness and what happiness he thinks about.
37I died too early at the age of 18, but many of the works I left behind still influence the Japanese people.
Because he was a fairy tale writer, it is also the charm of his work that he can express the world that children can use and enjoy regardless of generation.