AMENOMORI Hoshu (雨森芳洲), a Real Cosmopolitan in Edo Period

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Oct., 31, this year was a memorable day for Nagahama city. The correspondence envoy between Korea and Japan (朝鮮通信使) in Edo Period was officially registered as UNESCO's Memory of the World (世界記憶遺産). The envoys from Korea were dispatched 12 times during the period from 1607 to 1811 AD, and one of the Japanese diplomates who played a very important role was AMENOMORI Hoshu (雨森芳洲; 1668 - 1755), who was said to be from a local village of current Nagahama city. The Confucian's policy was that SINCERITY and TRUST must be the uppermost and essential part when a country keeps good diplomatic relations (誠信の交わり). Hoshu believed that a diplomat had to master Korean language in order to understand the people and the culture of the partner country, and he also acquired Chinese proficiency as well, a very rare trilingual in those days. The philosophy of the great figure must be a shining example for the people today.

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