Japan - different indeed.
A companion piece to Hugh's post on Japan.
First: a link to this youtube clip, which unfortunately cannot be embedded, of Yo yo ma playing the prelude of the Bach suite no. 1 for solo cello.
The Japanese have been in love with the music of Bach for a very long time. (Indeed, I have heard that there are Japanese enthusiasts for Bach who have ended by converting to Christianity because of what the music of Bach has told them).
Second: an image of the Kannon, the Goddess of Compassion, doubling as the Virgin Mary, made by the crypto-Catholics of Japan.
They certainly make the point about the way in which Japan - despite the persecution of the Christians in the 17th century, and despite the rampages of the Japanese fascists in the 1930s and 1940s - are a radically different society from that which one meets in dar al Islam.
Posted on 03/13/2011 3:17 AM by Christina Mcintosh