Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Kazamaura’s (風間浦) Special Relationship with Doshisha University (同志社大学)



It has come to my attention that I have neglected the glorification of my glorious village these past few weeks. The splendours of Kazamaura will be years in the telling, but today I will relate to the world just one of the brilliant qualities of its heritage. It has a special affiliation with Doshisha University. The following is a Japanese passage from Kazamaura’s homepage, followed by a machine translation generated by Excite, followed in turn by my own translation. The photos have largely been appropriated from relevant sites, and I have for the most part linked these photos with the sites from which they originated. I realize that these translations of my village’s homepage that I sometimes embark on must be deathly boring to the majority of readers, but . . . .


Exchange Students Visiting from Doshisha University: Visiting the Abalone Centre and Muraguchi Industries’ "Wido no Ki", as well as Kazamaura’s Public Schools

風間浦村と学校法人同志社との交流のきっかけは、元治元年(1864年)にまでさかのぼります。同年4月18日、同志社大学創始者の新島襄氏が、品川から 函館への航海中、北風と激しい潮流を避けるため下風呂港に寄港。2日間滞在しました。その様子を航海中に書き記していた日記「函館紀行」に、本土最後の寄 港地として書かれており、下風呂温泉の高名なことも伝えられています。この後、新島襄氏は、当時鎖国をしていた日本から修学を胸の内にし、函館から渡米。 フィリップス・アカデミー、アーモスト大学、アンドーヴァー神学校に学び、帰国後、京都に山本覚馬らと協力して、同志社大学の前身である同志社英学校を創 立。明治23年(1890年)大学設立のため奔走中に倒れ、47歳の生涯を閉じました。
 この史実を同志社校友会青森県支部の方々が取り上げ、この地にこの史実を後世まで伝えられる記念碑を建てられないだろうかという希望と、村民の様々な交 流基盤になればと、平成4年、海峡いさりび公園に「新島襄寄港記念碑」が建立され、これを期に、風間浦中学校2年生による「同志社中学体験入学」や「同志 社大学留学生との交流」など、様々な熱い交流が交わされています。

PLEASE SKIP THIS MACHINE TRANLATION IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN COMPUTER GENERATED “ENGRISH” (THE MOST INTERESTING POINTS HAVE BEEN PUT IN BOLD AND ITALICISED)
The cause of the exchange with Kazamaura-mura and a fellow educational foundation company goes back even to the Motoharu first year (1864). In order for April [ of the same year ] 18 and the Doshisha University founder, Mr. Noboru Niijima, to avoid a north wind and an intense current during the voyage to Hakodate from Shinagawa, it calls at a bottom bath harbor. I stayed for two days. It is written to the diary "the Hakodate account of the trip" written down while sailing the situation as the last port of call in a mainland, and the famous thing of a lower bath hot spring is also told. Then, Mr. Noboru Niijima makes study the inside of a breast from Japan which was closing the country those days, and he visits America from Hakodate. the Philips academy, an AMOSUTO university, and the Andover theological college -- learning -- after a homecoming and Kyoto -- a mountain -- primordial enlightenment -- the comrade company English school which is the predecessor of Doshisha University in cooperation with horses -- foundation It fell during efforts for the Meiji 23 (1890) university establishment, and the whole life of 47 years old was closed. Hope whether the monument to which people of a comrade company alumni association Aomori branch take up this historical fact, and this historical fact is told by this ground till future generations is built, The "Niijima 襄寄港 monument" will be built by the strait いさりび park as if it becomes village people's various exchange bases in Heisei 4, and various hot exchange, such as "comrade staff-of-a-company study experience entrance" by the second-year student in the Kazamaura junior high school and "exchange with the Doshisha University foreign student", is exchanged in this at the term.


The Man of “primordial enlightenment” Who Made “study the inside of a breast from Japan”

AND NOW, HERE IS MY OWN HUMBLE TRANSLATION—NOT NEARLY AS ENTERTAINING, BUT HOPEFULLY MORE ENLIGHTENING
The origin of the relationship between Kazamaura Village and The Doshisha [Educational Foundation] dates all the way back to 1864 (the first year of the Genji reign). On April 18 of that year, during his voyage from Shinagawa to Hakodate, Joseph Hardy Neesima (Niijiima Jou), the founder of Doshisha, landed at Shimofuro Port in order to avoid a powerful north wind and violent currents. He stayed for two days. Neesima recorded this village in his journal (later published as “Account of a Trip to Hakodate”) as his final stop before his arrival in Hakodate and also made reference to Shimofuro’s famous hot springs (onsen). After this, with a deep desire for learning in his breast, Neesima set out from Hakodate for the United States even though at the time Japan was still enforcing a policy of national isolation. Following a period of study at Phillips Academy, Amherst College, and Andover Theological Seminary, Neeshima returned to Japan and, in cooperation with the likes of Kakuma Yamamoto, founded in the city of Kyoto the "Doshisha English School" (Doshisha College) which became the predecessor of Doshisha University. In 1890 (Meiji 23), Neeshima collapsed in the midst of his efforts to establish Doshisha as a university and his 47 years of life came to a close.

In 1992 (Heisei 4) the people of the Aomori branch of the Doshisha Alumni Association erected the “Niijima Jou Disembarkation Monument” at Kaikyo Isaribi Park (The Strait and Squid Fishing Lamps Park) in Shimofuro. It was hoped that this monument might serve to convey these historical facts to posterity and function as a basis for various interactions between Kazamaura’s villagers and Doshisha. This marked the beginning of various friendly exchanges such as the “Doshisha Junior High School Matriculation Experience” for second year students of Kazamaura Junior High School, and the “Cultural Exchange with Doshisha Exchange Students.”


Neesima Leaving Hakodate (Which Can be Seen from Kazamaura) on His Illegal Voyage to the West