Life is Delicious, Food is Precious

Life is Great in All Ages 

               Yuki Sakurai
Tokyo University of Agriculture & Technology, Tokyo, Japan
              ( Diet Researcher )

E-mail: info@globalculturz.org



In various world indices the age considered to be old is different. In some countries, it is 62 whereas in others it goes up to 90. Life in the posterior part brings many psychological and social complexities. To cope with this situation one has to be joyous and stress free and the most essential thing is to eat nutritious food. As we move in the old age, we are favored in public places, with in the family and like that though there are always exceptions.  

We have enough time for ourselves and for our hobbies. Spare time is to contribute to society academically. There are a lot of recreational activities on screens and off the screen. Travelling and tracking provide a refreshing experience. The localized food and drinks give a different taste of life. To explore the nature for a longer time is quite charming. One can sit with the side of a sea-shore or watching snow flakes without any specific reason.    

If a person has commercial orientation, that can also be done. One can open a small café or a bookshop or something like that. An earning in old age is good for self and decreases the burden of the family. Earning and hobbies can go together and fill your mind with joy. Life is beautiful in all stages, one has to accept and relish the time he is passing through. 

Having good food, traveling to open spaces, running a cafe, reading books or watching movies will make old age a great and joyful experience.

Jerusalem: The Bone of Contention


Yusuke Sekimoto

United Nations University, 
Shibuya, Japan
E-mail: info@globalculturz.org


Donald Trump, unilaterally, declared and gave recognition to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This created a sentiment of despair in the international community. Arab nations, as expected, protested the move put the issue in UN general assembly to discuss, debate and vote upon it. The results of the same were declared and the US was cornered completely as 128 nations supported the status quo.
Trump administration tries to give a strong message to other nations to follow it verdict and support its decision. The US ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley, issued a warning to UN and other countries to oppose the motion moved by the Arab nations or else face fund cuts. It didn’t work out. Only 9 countries, lesser known to people, opposed the move and the rest either choose to be absent or support the motion.
Jerusalem is a place where the confluence of three major religions happened viz. Judaism, Islam and, Christianity. In 1967, Israel annexed the East Jerusalem and declared its capital. It was opposed by international community and never recognized. Most of the nations maintain their diplomatic missions and embassies in Tel Aviv. Now, the US has decided to shift its embassy to Jerusalem. It will create an anxiety among Muslim nations and there are possibilities in an increase of violent clashes between Israel and Palestine.

Trump Administration has to learn a lesson from its defeat at UN floor and it must re-adjust its foreign policy. Developing nations are no more dependent on the US for their development and international existence. The emergence of China and India as an economic power posed a substantial threat to the US. Rather US economy cannot afford to lose a big market of China and India, inhabiting almost half of the world population. In this changed scenario, any egoistic decision will be turned down severely. Oliver Stuenkel in his book, Post Western World, has categorically indicated the rise of the Asian Countries particularly China and India. The western countries will not dictate the new world order but it is going to be defined by the Asia or the rest of the world. 

Political administrations all across the globe are unable to cater the wishes and demands of their people. They need superficial issues to engage the general public of their countries. It is a mechanism to divert the attention of common people from the issues of employment, better life and clean air. Jerusalem is such an issue, which is emotionally attached to the followers of Judaism, Islam and, Christianity.
There are violent clashes among Israeli army and Palestinians since the US declaration. Though the global community has turned it down, there is a doubt that America will propagate its agenda. It will also provide an opportunity to radical Islamist groups, like ISIS, to consolidate Muslim resentments and revive them. The US has to understand that, such decisions will affect the world order and global peace processes. It is neither necessary nor important in a contemporary international scenario. A soft power can serve the purpose.



Editorial Note on Indian Home Rule by M.K.Gandhi

By Dr. Ram P Dwivedi & Dr. Sanjay Kumar
University of Delhi
Delhi, India

E-mail: info@globalculturz.org


The contemporary politics and civilizational framework have brought distress and created elusory conditions to the common folk all across the globe. Marxism and other dominant ideologies are no more trusted by the people. New paradigms like ‘Post-truth’ and ‘Post-postmodernism’ are emerging in the intellectual arena. Nations getting sovereignty and freedom but in new global economic scenario interdependency among countries is on the rise. Gandhian philosophy is yet to be tested by the governments. Clashes among civilizations are on the rise not among the nations but within a homeland as well. Political ideologies and parties are dividing their own citizens on the basis of race, color, caste, religion, region and other identities to gain and retain power. It is a time of technology-controlled information. ‘Filter-bubble’ is a well-discussed phenomenon among social scientists. Under these circumstances, there is a dire need to find a solution for a larger population. In our opinion, this book-Hind Swaraj or the Indian Home Rule is still relevant and moves our thought process. 
The idea of democracy has come under the lens of the political pundits. There is vast use of money, media and muscle power to win the elections and formation of governments. Use of cultural, religious tools cannot be justified to gain authority. How to fight with our opponents is another issue, which has been discussed in the book. In a democracy, the existence of opposition has a very constructive role to implement the policies and get them corrected. Criticism is not a threat but an opportunity to introspect, which is lacking in the present time political scenario. Respect for others and the unwanted is an art, which one should learn for a healthier democratic environment. The Indian Home Rule is full of such inspirations.  
It is marvelous writing of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. It presents discourses on the Western and Indian civilization, the role of machinery in human life, the need of medical sciences, role and responsibilities of journalists and media, the judicial system, religious thoughts, the railways and the politics of power and good governance. The process of Globalization, Free Market and Liberalization are heading towards a new failure. The purpose of this book to present before you, again, is to energize and revitalize your minds in the time of pessimistic politics. This writing also gives strength to struggle and opens avenues to introspect. Written in dialogic form, this book should be re-read by those who want to do politics of Swaraj and still have a hope to shape the society. Developmental issues have become part of our daily life. They are setting agenda for doing politics and guiding the voters. Gandhi has criticized the very development concept under the aegis of capitalism. As a citizen, we have to evaluate the need for development forwarded by the politicians and projected by the media, on the basis of the ideas given in this work.  
The questions of ‘Ruling and the Ruled’ rose by Gandhi almost a century ago, are still relevant. The contemporary political, cultural and economic landscape of India does not present a positive roadmap for farmers and youth of the country. Unemployment and depression emerged due to it filling the minds with violence and hatred. The social and cultural divide is quite prevalent. Gandhi shows us the way for nation-building and character upliftment. When dissemination of information has become a fingertip affair, one has to be cautious what to put in public domain. Cultural dominance hampers the harmony of the society, Gandhi elucidates. The brute force has no role in our civilization. The Reader and the Editor, of this book, finally give a vibrant message to all rulers to be judicious and non-violent. The simplicity of the language is another fascination to read it.


Yoko Tawada Wins the U.S. National Book Award

The English edition of "Kentoshi," or "The Emissary," a work by Berlin-based Japanese writer Yoko Tawada (b. 23rdMarch 1960), has won the U.S. National Book Award in the translated literature section. Tawada has won numerous Japanese and German literary awards, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, the Noma Literary Prize etc. She writes in both languages, Japanese as well as in German. The National Book Awards are one of the most distinguished literary prizes in the United States. Jiji Press reported that the winners of this year's awards were announced on Wednesday local time.
Tawada, expressed her joy while talking with reporters at Waseda University in Tokyo recently. "I take my winning of the award as a message that it is necessary to look at the world at a time when the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump takes a stance of not giving consideration to other countries under his 'America First' policy," she stated. There are many creative artistic works, related to natural disasters, penned down by the Japanese authors. Kentoshi too is based on such a theme. This has been categorized as a dystopian novel, depicting an elderly man and his great-grandchild living in a difficult situation in Japan after a catastrophe. Shadow of 2011 earthquake and tsunami is very obvious in the milieu of the novel.
[Center for Culture & Global Studies Editorial Team]  


Japanese Food Culture 【時間を有効に】


By: 森島一紘  [Source FB]
【時間を有効に】
  
今年も残すところ76日一日一日を大切に
濃い時間を過ごしましょう!
  
  
お金持ちでも、そうでなくても、
「時間」は平等。
って言いますけど、
  
「体感時間」って、
子供の頃と、大人になってからでは、
違いますよね。
  
子供の頃の一日って、
いろんなことができたように思うのですが、
今の一日って、あっという間です。
  
学生時代の一年なんて
ものすごい長くて、
思い出もいっぱいあるのに、
今は
「あれ?年末?」って感じです。


10代よりも20代
20代よりも30代
30代よりも40代
加速度的に早くなっていく感じです。
対数グラフかよっていうくらいですね。
私の感覚だと、
体感時間って「年令分の一」
だと思います。
1歳の時(記憶にはないですが)を1として、
20歳は1/20 10歳は1/10 
だから20歳の体感時間は、10歳の半分。
50歳は1/50 25歳は1/25
だから50歳の体感時間は、25歳の半分。
  
どうです?
皆さんの感覚と、合ってます?
  
  
  
ですので、今年はまだ、
人それぞれの76日間がある訳です。
何をしましょうか?
By: 
森島一紘  
時間を有効に】
  
今年も残すところ76日
一日一日を大切に
濃い時間を過ごしましょう!
  
  
お金持ちでも、そうでなくても、
「時間」は平等。
って言いますけど、
  
「体感時間」って、
子供の頃と、大人になってからでは、
違いますよね。
  
子供の頃の一日って、
いろんなことができたように思うのですが、
今の一日って、あっという間です。
  
学生時代の一年なんて
ものすごい長くて、
思い出もいっぱいあるのに、
今は
「あれ?年末?」って感じです。
10代よりも20代
20代よりも30代
30代よりも40代
加速度的に早くなっていく感じです。
対数グラフかよっていうくらいですね。
私の感覚だと、
体感時間って「年令分の一」
だと思います。
1歳の時(記憶にはないですが)を1として、
20歳は1/20 10歳は1/10 
だから20歳の体感時間は、10歳の半分。
50歳は1/50 25歳は1/25
だから50歳の体感時間は、25歳の半分。
  
どうです?
皆さんの感覚と、合ってます?
  
  
  
ですので、今年はまだ、
人それぞれの76日間がある訳です。
何をしましょうか?
  
というか、何を達成しましょうか?
その為には、まず何をしますか?
計画通りの人は、そのまま頑張って。
計画通りでない人は、
今から76日間の計画を考えましょう。
  
  
今年の目標達成までの
行動を明確にして、  
それを、日々、やりきることが大切です。
  
特にアダルトな方は、
あっという間に過ぎてしまうので、
ちゃんと計画しましょう。  
  
  
夢を叶えるために、まだ踏み出せていない人は、
すぐに連絡してください。
  
あなたの力になります。
 https://bit.ly/2O9Ijvi   
あなたの夢を、聞かせてください。

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