10年ぶりの再会〜「善の研究」との真の邂逅〜(A philosophical book I met for the first time in a decade)


In January I announced here I would try to write blog monthly this year, but I failed even only a month later, and now you see only the 4th blog of this year. Don't blame me. It's not too lazy I guess. So I wrote January, March, June and then October. 1, 3, 6, 10...It's a progression of differences, right? Maybe next one should be 10+5=15=3(15-12), March! Too lazy. (So what?)


Anyway I could spent some time reading books recently, and I met a really nice book that could be my lifetime treasure, which I've been reading for these couple months. It's a Japanese most renowned philosopher Kitaro Nishida's most famous work "An Inquiry into the Good". Actually I first met and got this more than ten years ago when I was a college student in Japan. At that time I started but couldn't continue, because it was just too difficult for me at a young age and I couldn't understand much what he meant. I felt like he was just saying some difficult thing. However, years passed and now I really understand what he means, which is kind of interesting happening. It's still difficult indeed but I can understand by reading and considering each word carefully and sometimes repeatedly. Nishida died at the age of 75, but he wrote this masterpiece only in his twenties to thirties.      He himself said "This is only my thoughts during my youth." But even because of that, there are some beautiful and strong passion and belief in this book reflected by the young person's contemplation and insight so that it attracts me greatly. In short his philosophy has full of enthusiasm. I will show some impressive words of him below.




Sorry these original words of him are Japanese only! I can't translate...You should check these sites for English info about this book:
I think it really worth reading.


These words just give me some bravery. I think the best part of reading is that you can simulate our predecessors' life experiences and find sympathy for their ideas or feelings. I always feel like there are three books that have had the biggest influence on my life and thoughts. Soseki Natsume's "My Individualism", which I read when I was a high school student; Taro Okamoto's "Art Today", and "The Book of Tea" by Tenshin Okakura, both of which I met during my college years in Japan, are those three. Now I got another one to add to this list. I feel happy about it.    


Lastly but not least, there will be very exciting two gigs in the next two months. I'm very much looking forward to them and with these it should be a great end of this year. Two quartets with my most favorite musicians in the scene! Hope you can join us!

◆Kazuki Yamanaka Quartet "Live at Brooklyn in Fall 2018"◆

11/11(Sun) 7:00pm〜8:30
Kazuki Yamanaka (alto sax)
Dana Saul (piano)
Luca Rosenfeld (bass)
Billy Mintz (drums)
Scholes Street Studio (in Williamsburg)

375 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
$20 cover

Vol. 2 
12/16 (Sun) 8:00pm〜9:30
Kazuki Yamanaka (alto sax)
Russ Lossing (piano)
Cameron Brown (bass)
Gerald Cleaver (drums)
@IBeam Brooklyn (in Park Slope)
168 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
$20 cover

"Gigs and Albums that have inspired me lately"

Ravi Coltrane Quartet @Birdland 06.30.18
(w/David Virelles, Noah Garebedian, Jeff Tain Watts)
Tony Malaby Quartet @Cornelia Street Cafe 07.28.18
(w/Ben Monder, Tim Dahl, Gerald Cleaver)
Ben Monder Quartet @Cornelia Street Cafe 08.10.18
(w/Chris Cheek, Carmen Rothwell, Mark Ferber)
Lee Konitz Nonet @Jazz Standard 08.14.18
(w/Ohad Talmor, Jacob Sacks, Chris Tordini, George Schuller and others)
Julian Lage with Kris Davis and Dave King @The Stone 08.18.18
Bill Frisell and Andrew Cyrille @The Stone 08.23.18
Cameron Brown's OC/DC @Cornelia Street Cafe 08.30.18
(w/Jane Ira Broom, Lisa Parrot, Anthony Pinciotti)
Joe Lovano Quartet @Village Vanguard 09.02.18
(w/Lawrence Fields, Marc Johnson, Andrew Cyrille)
Steve Wilson & The Analog Band @Jazz Standard 09.08.18
(w/ Shedrick Mitchell, Ben Williams, Willie Jones III)
Dan Weiss Starebaby @Nublu 9.19.18
(w/ Ben Monder, Matt Mitchell, Craig Taborn, Trevor Dunn)

Avishai Cohen “Into The Silence” (2016)
Keith Jarrett “Belonging” (1974)
Ravi Coltrane “From The Round Box” (1999)
Kenny Dorham “Quiet Kenny” (1959)
Jon Gordon “Evolution” (2009)
Billy Hart “Quartet” (2006)
Loren Stillman “Blind Date” (2007)
McCoy Tyner “Quartet” (2007)
Rudresh Mahanthappa “Bird Calls” (2015)
Steve Coleman “The Sonic Language Of Myth” (1999)
Chick Corea “Return To Forever” (1972)
Kurt Rosenwinkel “Remedy” (2008)
Hal Galper “Reach Out” (1977)
Chick Corea “Remembering Bud Powell” (1996)
Joe Lovano & Aldo Lomano "Ten Tales" (1989)
Dave Holland Quartet “Extensions” (1989)
Steve Racy “Reflections” (1959)
Sam Rivers "Contours" (1965)

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