India-Japan relations - The Japan Times
Japanese culture is permeating India, precipitating closer ties between the two countries. 3) Write a note on cultural links between India and Japan, and its importance in their relationship. by INSIGHTS · October 24, Exchange between Japan and India is said to have begun in the 6th century when Buddhism was introduced to Japan. Indian culture, filtered.
They brought their basket of fruits to me and held their lighted incense before my face, wishing to pay homage to a man who had come from the land of Buddha.
The dignified serenity of their bearing, the simplicity of their devoutness, seemed to fill the atmosphere of the busy railway station with a golden light of peace. Their language of silence drowned the noisy effusion of the newspapers.
India-Japan cultural ties through history - Indian Defence Review
The Japanese are taught from their infancy that life is duty and not pleasure. Tagore said he reached the conclusion that the welcome… …which flowed towards me, with such outburst of sincerity, was owing to the fact that Japan felt the nearness of India to herself, and realised that her own heart has room to expand beyond her boundaries and the boundaries of the modern time.
The Nobel Laureate was a great admirer of traditional Japanese martial arts, particularly of jujutsu, the original form of judo. Gurudev was determined to bring this art to India. In in Kolkata, during a meeting with Tenshin Okakura, the Japanese eminent writer and art critic, Tagore requested him to send judo instructors to Shantiniketan.
An interesting aspect of the training was that girls took part along with boys. Father had brought a jujutsu expert from Japan.
We took lessons from him in order to prepare ourselves to fight the British! Had not the spirit and training of judo helped the Japanese to win the war?
Remembering the deep connection between Tagore and Japan, Visva-Bharati established a Japanese department in under the guidance of Probodh Chanda Bagchi.
This made Visva-Bharati the first Indian university to introduce Japanese language courses. Both our nations can learn a lot from each other. She spent 5 years in Japan between and She beautifully described the Japanese genius, she wrote: If you have — as we have had — the privilege of coming in contact with the true Japanese, those who kept untouched the righteousness and bravery of the ancient Samurai, then you can understand what in truth is Japan, you can seize the secret of her force.
They know how to remain silent; and though they are possessed of the most acute sensitiveness, they are, among the people I have met, those who express it the least.
The Mother, who settled in Pondicherry and worked with Sri Aurobindo to create the Ashram, later recalled: A friend here can give his life with the greatest simplicity to save yours, though he never told you before he loved you in such a profound and unselfish way. One indication of this is the Japanese "Seven Gods of Fortune", of which four originated as Hindu deities: She is also mentioned in the Lotus Sutra.
The Sutra of Golden Light became one of the most important sutras in Japan because of its fundamental message, which teaches that the Four Heavenly Kings protect the ruler who governs his country in the proper manner.
The Hindu god of death, Yamais known in his Buddhist form as Enma.
It has the body of a human and the face or beak of an eagle. Tennin originated from the apsaras. Other examples of Hindu influence on Japan include the belief of "six schools" or "six doctrines" as well as use of Yoga and pagodas. Many of the facets of Hindu culture which have influenced Japan have also influenced Chinese culture. People have written books on the worship of Hindu gods in Japan. Subhas Chandra Bose addressing a rally in Tokyo, Cultural exchanges between India and Japan began early in the 6th century with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan from India.
Buddhism and the intrinsically linked Indian culture had a great impact on Japanese culturestill felt today, and resulted in a natural sense of amiability between the two nations.
The cultural exchanges between the two countries created many parallels in their folklore. Modern popular culture based upon this folklore, such as works of fantasy fiction in manga and animesometimes bear references to common deities devademons asura and philosophical concepts.
The Indian goddess Saraswati for example, is known as Benzaiten in Japan. Brahmaknown as 'Bonten', and Yamaknown as 'Enma', are also part of the traditional Japanese Buddhist pantheon. In addition to the common Buddhist influence on the two societies, Shintoismbeing an animist religion, is similar to the animist strands of Hinduismin contrast to the religions present in the rest of the world, which are monotheistic.
It is also thought that the distinctive torii gateways at temples in Japan, may be related to the torana gateways used in Indian temples.
In the 16th century, Japan established political contact with Portuguese colonies in India. The Japanese initially assumed that the Portuguese were from India and that Christianity was a new " Indian faith ". These mistaken assumptions were due to the Indian city of Goa being a central base for the Portuguese East India Company and also due to a significant portion of the crew on Portuguese ships being Indian Christians. By the early 17th century, there was a community of Japanese traders in Goa in addition to Japanese slaves brought by Portuguese ships from Japan.
The Anglo-Japanese Alliance was ended on 17 August As a result, during the two World Warsthe INA adopted the "an enemy of our enemy is our friend" attitude, legacy that is still controversial today given the war crimes committed by Imperial Japan and its allies.
Many Indian independence movement activists escaped from British rule and stayed in Japan. Naira student from India, became an Independence Movement activist. In Tokyo Imperial University set up a chair in Sanskrit and Paliwith a further chair in Comparative religion being set up in In this environment, a number of Indian students came to Japan in the early twentieth century, founding the Oriental Youngmen's Association in Their anti-British political activity caused consternation to the Indian Government, following a report in the London Spectator.
Over 2 million Indians participated in the war; many served in combat against the Japanese who conquered Burma and reached the Indian border. They joined primarily because of the very harsh, often fatal conditions in POW camps. Bose was eager for the INA to participate in any invasion of India, and persuaded several Japanese that a victory such as Mutaguchi anticipated would lead to the collapse of British rule in India. The idea that their western boundary would be controlled by a more friendly government was attractive.
Also seen Subhas Chandra Bose statue in Tokyo.