Supports for People and Cultures of Ukraine and Others

Statement by the Institute Head, Iwasaki Junichi

May 2nd, 2022

I have been in charge of education in the fields of literature and arts at some universities in Japan. Until recently, I have thought that, from the cultural aspect (setting aside the political, diplomatic and military aspects), we should listen to the claims of both Russia and Ukraine.

However, now that I am seeing the current situation where the Russian museums such as The State Hermitage Museum and Kunstkamera are operating without problems while the paintings of Ukrainian museums have to be evacuated, only materials about Ukraine became inaccessible from Japan before I knew it, and many Ukrainian civilians and musicians who love arts and music have been erased from this world by Russian murder operations as Nazi-like horror, I came to think that what should be done by a humble art educator such as myself has been decided.

I have been a Ukrainian music fan for over 20 years.

Являюсь поклонником Украинской музыки уже более 20 лет. Я помню первый день, когда прекрасная музыка Одессы и Николаева достигла моего сердца на дальнем востоке Японии. (не звук сирены)

On the other hand, I feel strongly ashamed of and concerned about having provided to Kunstkamera, at their requests in the past, decipherments of literature on Japanese tea ceremony and Ainu culture that are stored there. Since the above-mentioned institutions are national ones, they function integrally with the government. Now, I am also one of the people who indirectly contributed to Russian culture and neglected Ukrainian culture. Russia claims that Ukraine and Ukrainians belong to their own country just like Northern Territories, Hokkaido and Ainu.

Since the invasion began, the Russian people’s approval rating for the Putin administration has been rising (just like their usual behavior pattern). Even though their country invades other countries and kills many people, they believe that Russian culture is safe and timid researchers in third countries will still cooperate with Russian knowledge and culture. … That is extremely unwelcome news. The academic knowledge and artistic interpretations we have given to Russia have been diverted to the killings of the people of Chechnya, Syria and Ukraine. Now, educators’ cooperation with Russia is non-cooperation with God.

Sergey Lavrov, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, said Hitler was of Jewish descent. Of course, this is a long-standing rumor among researchers. However, as symbolized by this statement, Russia’s ultimate goal will be to equate Nazis, Jews, President Zelensky, Azov Battalion and Ukrainian people, and rule the Eurasian continent by Slavic nationalism.

To imprint on history the fact that the people and culture of Ukraine have existed on earth, I have been taking the following actions. The university and faculty I belong to do not have a public support window for Ukraine, and the department I belong to has an extremely strong atmosphere of Russian culture including relationship with the aforementioned organizations, so IJAI’s and my donations and supports to Ukraine are our own independent actions.

1. Each of our members made humble donations to Ukraine.

2.Now that Russia has begun to destroy my favorite Ukrainian music lands Odesa and Mykolaiv, we are linstening to Ukrainian musical works and are working hard to preserve their data in Japan.

3.Together with the shrine maidens who govern the archaic Shinto that remains in my hometown of Okayama Pref. (Kibi), we are working to protect Ukrainian (neo-)paganism and Baltic (neo-)paganism from Russia’s killing operations against these foreign religions.

The fact that the Imperial Household Agency and the Association of Shinto Shrines in Japan have not tolerated the status of traditional shrine maidens and treasurable archaic physiolatry Shinto as the Shinto family is the same as that the Russian Orthodox Church has not tolerated other many religions in the Soviet Union and Russia. For them, we are heretics forever. However, maidens of us will bravely carry out the activities without fear of losing our social statuses.

We introduce here a message from the Latvian Shinto (Latvijas Dievturu or Dievturība) shrine maidens to the Kibi shrine maidens with their permission. The exact same content as this is also announced on the official website of Latvijas Dievturu Sadraudze. In this way, Latvian Shinto plans to demolish the symbols of coercive murderous rule by the Soviet Union and Russia. Apparently, such plans are not only ideas of the Latvian Shinto, but also the common consciousness of ancient religions, the governments and the people of Latvia and the three Baltic states. We support them with all our hearts.

They allege that

“Ukraine is the last threshold for European security! It is high time to defend it from brutal occupation!”

If so, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan are for East and Pacific security against Russian, Chinese and the North Korean brutality.

【ウクライナ侵攻をめぐるラトビア神道の巫女の見解(要約。原語:ラトビア語)】

「ラトビア神道の巫女より日本・吉備の巫女へ」ラトビアの伝統、バルトの文化に保存された世界観と古代精神を共有し、神のイメージと意識、創造性の起源を理解する親愛なる日本の一部の民間宗教者・神の媒介者同胞へ。(いずれ我らが神道本庁にて公開声明となるから、その後は特に秘匿を求めない。) ロシアによるウクライナへの犯罪的侵略は、ポスト・ソ連国家たるロシアの願望とイデオロギーを世界全土に闡明した。ロシアを支配するプーチン政権は、自らの国をソ連の直系相続人として、「ドイツのファシストの侵略者からのソビエト・ラトビアおよびリガの解放者」の記念碑を建立された我らがラトビアの地を含む旧ソ連領土を、再びロシアに回復すべく努めてきた。一般市民の生命の価値を無視するその行動と計画から、我々は、ソ連の直接的な相続人としての犯罪的価値の継承を確認できた。ウクライナ同胞に対する脅威も同様である。ロシアは戦争の民間犠牲者を祈念することには関心を持たず、旧ソ連国の「市民解放」の記念碑の維持に関心を持ってきた。米中の有神・無神の極端な両価値の挟撃の中でも神々を保存する日本の女神の化身たちと共に思うに、ソ連・ロシアの創造した新しい侵略の神は、キリスト教と異教のロシア教化は、ディエヴトゥリーバ(ラトビア異教復興運動)のネオペイガンからは遠い信条と意思である。ウクライナは、欧州の安全と神の価値の最後の砦である。ロシアによる残忍な占領から、それらを守る時が来た。リガの同記念碑の維持は、今や是認の外にあり、不道徳である。ラトビア・リガ市民を脅かす文化遺産であるならば、その建造物の芸術的価値の保存と、その粗野な扱い方となる解体の留保について、我々が、我々の神話の起源の神が、根拠あるものと思うだろうか。

ラトビア神道、ラトビア女神教会の巫女会衆

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