Dreams, Myths and Fairy Tales in Japan

Dreams, Myths and Fairy Tales in Japan

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In my youth, I was strongly attracted to Western culture. With my experiences of the Second World War, I came to hate the irrational and constantly vague Japanese attitude toward life. Scientific rational thinking stood as the symbol of the West and always as a creative treasure for me to capture.

In 1959, I came to the United States to study clinical psychology in order to become like a Westerner. The experience in fact opened the way to Jung’s psychology, by which I was able to find myself as a Japanese. After my initial years of study in the United States, I went to the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland, receiving a diploma there in 1965. Interestingly, Western analysts helped me find the values of Japanese culture. Before that, I was of the opinion that the Japanese must make efforts to establish a modern ego, following the European way completely. Then all of the unique features of Japanese tradition seemed for me to be utterly disgusting and unbearable. The old ways of living had to be discarded as soon as possible. However, I began to realize, through my analytical experiences, that European consciousness is not “the best” nor “the only one” for everybody in the world to attain.

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(1928-2007) Professor do Centro Internacional de Pesquisa para Estudos Japoneses em Kyoto, se interessou pela cultura ocidental desde cedo e passou grande parte de sua vida como uma espécie de "embaixador" entre o Oriente e o Ocidente. Viajou pela primeira vez para os Estados Unidos em 1959 para estudar psicologia clínica, passando vários anos em Zurique no treinamento de analista junguiano. Nos anos seguintes, ele se tornou um conhecido convidado de honra nas Conferências Eranos em Ascona. É autor e editor de mais de cinquenta livros sobre temas religiosos e psicológicos, tendo dado palestras em todo o mundo. Suas publicações anteriores em inglês incluem "The Japanese Psyche" e "The Buddhist Priest Myôe: A Life of Dreams". / (1928-2007) Professor of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto became interested in Western culture at an early age and has spent much of his life as a kind of ’ambassador’ between East and West. He first traveled to the United States in 1959 to study clinical psychology, then spent several years in Zurich training to become a Jungian analyst. In the ensuing years, he became a familiar honored guest at the Eranos Conferences in Ascona. He is the author and editor of more than fifty books on religious and psychological themes, and he has lectured throughout the world. His previous publications in English include "The Japanese Psyche" and "The Buddhist Priest Myôe: A Life of Dreams."