Cross-cultural Studies: Bulgaria – Japan (Zen-Buddhism)

15 септември, 2012 | Публикувано в: Specializations | Автор: Сергей Герджиков
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Prof. SERGHEY STOILOV GHERDJIKOV

Cross-cultural Studies: Bulgaria – Japan

 

RESEARCH REPORT

For the research during the period of my stay in

Japan, Tokai University

16.06. 2004 – 15. 07. 2004

A) ITINERARY

16.06.2004. Arriving at Tokai University, Hiratsuka. Accommodation

17. 06. Meetimg with host-scientist Prof. Tsuchiya Naoto, and with the dean of the Faculty of Letters Tanaka, Yasuo

17.06 – 22.06. Working in the Library of Tokai Ubiversity.

23. 06. Visiting the class of European Studies  my host-scientist Prof. Tsuchiya Naoto. Taking part in the discussions on his lecture: Haiku in Europe. Lecturing: “Zen in Bulgarian Culture”, Faculty of letters, class of European Studies.

27-28. 06. Trip to Takayama and Shirakava – world culture treasures.

29.06. Travel to Kyoto and meeting with Prof. Tomida, Yasuhiko, Philosophy of Language.

30.06 – 10. 07. Staying at Nichibunken (International Centre for Japanese Studies). Workong at the library.

10 – 11.07. Returning to Tokyo, Tokai University.

12. 07 – 14. 07. Continuing library studies at Tokai University.

 

B) OUTLINE OF THE SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES IN JAPAN: experiments, discussions, research trips, etc.

16 – 22. 06. Studying Japanese Culture and Cross-culture studies: 17. 06. – 22. 06. 2004

23. 06. My lecture: “Zen in Bulgarian Culture”, Faculty of letters, class of European Studies.

23. 06. Taking part in the discussions on his lecture: Haiku in Europe. Lecturing: “Zen in Bulgarian Culture”, Faculty of letters, class of European Studies.

27 – 28. 06. Trip to Takayama and Shirakava – world culture treasures.

29.06. Travel to Kyoto and meeting with Prof. Tomida, Yasuhiko, Philosophy of Language.

30.06 – 10. 07.  International Centre for Japanese Studies. Workong at the library.

12. 07 – 14. 07. Continuing library studies at Tokai University.

Field research at Takayama and Shirakawa – Japanese traditional arts and country life.

Working on articles under the title “Cross-culture experience: Bulgaria and Japan”

This itinerary follows strictly my plan, announced in my application for JSPS fellowship.

I also made many notes (50 pages) on  the Japanese culture and society.

 

C) My impressions on the present state of science in Japan in the field of Japanese culture and Cross-culture Studies

There are enormous amount of books in Japanese and in English on Japanese studies. I could not use Japanese literature because of my poor knowledge of Japanese language. So, I have studied translations of Japanese books and articles and works of foreign researches. I have met interesting people and special persons. I found, red and copied many books and articles and I have much more to do. I could use real help for orientation and study by some of my colleagues like Prof. Naoto Tsuchiya, Prof. Dimitar Ialnazov from Kyoto University, and the colleagues working at Nichibunken.

It was interesting time for reading, studying, writing, and visiting places and institutions.

 

D) Comments (suggestions) to JSPS, concerning fellowship program

It is time to change the rules for Post-doctoral and not-postdoctoral fellowships. The recent system gives not enough time for the proved, productive scientist received theirs doctoral degree before more than six years.

It is not normal to give to “young” scientists, who have received theirs doctoral degree at the time for less than 6 years before, 2 years fellowship and only some months for “old” doctors. Some of scientist just did the doctoral dissertation later in their carriers, but they are not really young. I am candidate-doctor (Ph.D.) from 1987, when I was 31 years old. By that time I have had many publications. Some researchers are older than me (46 years) and have doctoral degree from less than 6 years (in 1998 for instance). That means to give preference to researchers, who work more slowly and less productively.

I would like to express my great thanks to Prof. Tsuchiya Naoto, for his help in the orientation, accommodation, for possibility to hold a lecture in his class, and for the nice trip to Shirakawa.

E) Other comments

Japan has many centuries cultural history and has never been under foreign govern. It is a country, which accepted, preserved, and developed many Chinese cultural achievements: Chan (Zen) Buddhism, Buddhist architecture, poetry, painting, calligraphy, and especially Tee ceremony – the essence of Japanese and Zen spirit.

Japan is a modern country with great and deeply impressive achievements in most modern technology.

Japanese people are very kind and helpful in the limits of tourist communication. At deeper level they are more distant. At the same time, Japan is very difficult for foreigners. The communication beyond tourist topics is extremely hard. The people speak very little English. And Japanese language is extremely difficult, especially writing and reading. The Bank and Post services and travel agencies work poor (in English) and with heavy rules. Japanese customs are too strict and people’s behavior is not easy for understanding. Japanese mind is very traditional and closed. Society also is closed and it is not easy to penetrate in different social spheres. Japanese system is much burocratised.

All peoples have own advantages and disadvantages. Japan is unique and extremely interesting. The difficulties could be overcome for mutual understanding, cultural exchange and collaboration.

Great thanks to JSPS, Japanese government, and Japanese people, for the possibility to work and life in Japan for one month.

 

Prof. Gherdjikov, Doctor of Science

06.08. 2004

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