Amphibiology Lectures: The Third Century (No.8, Final)

“Unknown Multi-dimensional Space” and “Moving Life”


First of all, let us review previous lectures.

In the lecture of before the previous one entitled “’Macro’ and ‘Micro’ for Haruki Murakami“, I presented a view below.


Further if you go back to the past in the way that the life of your parents had the same process of yourself and the life of your grandparents had the same one and so on, you must find the tremendously long chain of life which has never break in a tiny moment.

If it is the true, it does not seem to be ungrounded view that my life was the life of anyone else in a previous life like the reincarnation of Buddhist thought, or that my life is eventually connected to the birth of stars and the space.


In addition, in the previous lecture entitled “Coordinate Axes of the East and West“, I pointed out that, using the coordinated axes setting “tie with nature” on the vertical axis and “geographical movility” on the horizontal axis, the second quadrant can be regarded as the “Eastern World” and the fourth quadrant as the “Western World”. Then, the first quadrant marked “A” can be a dual-meaning world of both of the East and the West. Also if one sets up the other axis of the “divine depth” third-dimensionally on the first quadrant further, I pointed out that the third-dimensional part can be seen as another dual-meaning world fusing of two worldviews of Buddhist reincarnation and of Christian Absolute. 

I named it “unknown multi-dimensional world” and foretold that a detail discussion would be presented in the next session i.e. this lecture.

After completed the review here, now, let us proceed to discuss the “unknown multi-dimensional world” fully through the manner of removing the restriction in the lecture of before the previous one and using the “move” and “abstract” thoroughly.


Amphibiology Lectures: The Third Century (No.7)

Coordinate Axes of the East and West


I visited New Zealand for “tramping” from 17 to 26 January 2014.

For Aussie, NZ is one of most familiar countries like their another state. In particular, for outdoor-person, it is the most attractive neighboring country because of its very different terrain (although it is the nemesis for Aussie rugby fan).

There is a small national park called Abel Tasman in the northern edge of the South Island. Our destination for this tramping was a track along the coastline of the national park. We completed the route of 50-odd km spending four nights and five days which was a relatively slow pace.

Most people who I met during the tramping were visitors from the opposite side of the earth, i.e. backpackers of the UK, Germany, Netherlands, French, Israel and so on. Since here was, of course, in the mid summer holiday season, I met a lot of local Kiwi families too.

While enjoying those five days, I found two “contrasts”.


Amphibiology Lectures: The Third Century (No.6)

“Macro” and “Micro” for Haruki Murakami

In the previous three consecutive lectures on the “move” to the Haruki Murakami’s world, I pointed out the differences between circumstance settings which were seen as “macro-cosmos” and “micro-cosmos” caused by generation gap of only three years between him and me.

The difference due to “cosmos” seems to have passed around my and his generations like changing season. It seems that the barometer for our social climate had indicated in the shift from “macroscopic” to “microscopic”.


Amphibiology Lectures: The Third Century (No.5)

Watershed for Haruki Murakami


At the last lecture I foretold about the direction of this session as follows: “This is my view observing the “schizophrenic stereo vision” from the side of 7 to ‘to move’ and 3 to ‘not to move’. In other words, whereas there must be a gap dividing between this side and that side, by the way, what is it? I am going to think about it at the next lecture.”

Accepting the direction, I try to answer the question. While I have experienced the Haruki Murakami’s world, in fact, I always have felt a concern bothering about something like chasing a mirage.

The concern was the description of specific name of music and of the musician which appeared many times on the pages of his works. It was not only pretty frequent, besides, but also anything to guess that they express rather deep connotations which end in neither mere explanatory nor metaphorical expressions. MORE

Amphibiology Lectures: The Third Century (No.4)

Runner Novelist, Haruki Murakami

At the previous lecture, I discussed that the opprtunity to meet Haruki Murakami was brought because he was a runner novelist.

To mention the course of the encounter at the beginning of this fourth lecture, the particular work of him which I have read for the first time was the essay; What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. This encounter was triggered when I was recommended the English version of the essay by a friend who is another avid runner here in Sydney a few years ago.

Amphibiology Lectures: The Third Century (No.3)

Move to Haruki Murakami

At the first lecture of the Third Century of Amphibiology, I discussed the experience in which various binocular visions associated with various moving have become an effective method of world recognition through pointing out various dichotomies on mobility and immobility. At the second lecture, through the forked point of “to move or not to move” we discovered that the two postures of “moving” and “freedom” are similar, if not saying synonymous. Yet we have found that, although each of two oriented the same idea, in the case of  “moving” it focused upon choice and in the case of “freedom” it focused upon the conceptual choice.

In this lecture I will attempt to cope with a notion; why don’t you apply the moving to the “undoubtedness” of the mover’s mind per se by making the mind-set itself an object. MORE

Amphibiology Lectures: The Third Century (No.2)

To Move or Not to Move

 At the previous lecture, I raised various dichotomies relating to mobility and immobility as an introduction for the “Third Century” of the Amphibiology Lectures.

The forked point over “to move, or not to move” seems to have decided the essential direction of our life in the way which, regardless of recognising so or not, involved everyone inescapably.

In my early twenties, I was also standing at the forked point exposing myself to the common appetite called “world hitchhiking” – the first version of “backpacker travel” nowadays – among the young generation at the time. MORE

Amphibiology Lectures: The Third Century (No.1)

Sail to New Waters

This “Amphibiology* Lectures” have developed over five periods up to now; the Term One, the Term Two, the Term Three, the Term Four, and the series on “A Step into the Old” (most of them are Japanese version only so far).
 (*: I coin the term which means the study about amphibian)

I spend for 8 years to do the five-period-development from September 2005. In terms of age, the eight years from 59 to 67. As it were, it was the first product of “the second lap of life” after the life-stage-milestone at sixtieth birthday, so called kanreki.

Merely listing up them in time order, however, may not bring facts of its development well. Then, if I try to characterise roughly the development, the first term discussed on the geographic “amphibians”, and from the second term to “A Step into the Old” did on meta-amphibians which I added imaginations and ideas to the first term. MORE