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I am made of friends I meet. (自分とは、会った友達そのもの)

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[English translation is below.]

最近、また一人、スゴイ人の存在を知りました。

豊田勇造さん

京都出身のミュージシャン

僕は、あまり年齢、性別、国籍、学歴等の話をしません。

そんな分類よりも、その人の生き方に興味があるからです。

血液型の話に至っては、絶対にしません。(笑)

でも、今回は、少しだけ。
勇造さんは、67歳で、僕の同志社大学の大先輩です。

***

コチラ”が、勇造さんのWikipediaです。

その他にもいろんな記事を読みましたが、
う〜ん、、、
デカい。
オモロイ。
スゴイ人だ。

昔は、こういうデカくてオモロイ人が多くいた。

そして、利己的でなく、弱い他者を助ける優しい人がいた。

***

僕の親父もそういう人だった。

いろいろ目茶苦茶をした人。

そして、友達が多かった。

“忠やん”と慕われていた僕の親父。

“忠”という字は、”Loyalty(忠誠)”を意味する。

義理堅く、いろんな人との縁の中で生きていた。

“忠”そのものの生き方をしていた。

***

話を勇造さんに戻します。

勇造さんのこういう言葉を見つけました。

「最近思うのだが、自分というのは、実は出会った人、出会った土地、出会った出来事、読んだ本、食べたものではないだろうか。以前は自分が中心に在ると思っていたけれど、実はそうではなく、自分の周りが自分なのではないか」

なるほど。

こういう勇造さんのような個性的な人の場合、普通はどうしても、“自分が”、“オレが”、ってなる。

なので、こういう勇造さんが発したこの言葉は意外だったし、勇造さんの更なる大きさと深さを感じさせられました。

この勇造さんのことを調べて行くと、睦奥宗光や伊藤博文までつながってくる。

もちろん、時代的に勇造さんは伊藤博文と直接会ったわけではないけど、そこには確かなつながりがあり、それが勇造さんを形成しているのだと感じます。

***

僕は、まだ勇造さんにお会いしていません。

8月20日(土)にバンコクで行われるライブでお会いします。

皆さん、一緒にライブに行きましょう。
ご興味の方は、僕にご連絡ください。

このご縁は、もう一人の“忠さん”に作っていただきました。

バンコク在住の“忠さん”は、僕の新たな格好いいヒーローです。

僕を“バンコクの忠さん”に引き合わせてくれたのは、“親父の忠やん”だと、勝手に信じています。

僕の名前は、“敦行”。

この“敦”という字は、“忠”に近い意味を持っています。

親父が、“人様に対して、敦く(厚く)あれ”という思いで名付けてくれたのだと思っています。

***

最後に、高橋直希さんの話を。。。

この日曜日に、フラッと会いに来てくださいました。

高橋さんは日本、僕はタイに住んでいるので、なかなか会えない。
夢中で話をさせていただきました。
お土産として頂いた希少な日本酒と京都の小豆も、深い話と共に、堪能しました。

僕は以前、20年間、パナソニックで勤務していました。
高橋さんは、メキシコ/アメリカ時代の上司です。

たくさんの素晴らしい上司に巡り会わせていただきましたが、ピカイチの上司。

早くパナソニックの社長に成ってくれないかなと思っています。
いや、彼ならそれ以上の存在になるでしょう。

確かに、僕がパナソニックに入社した昔は、勇造さん、忠さん、親父みたいな人間が、社内にゴロゴロいた。

高橋さんは非常に若いのですが、今では珍しいそういう“オトコ”の一人。

僕は、たくさんのことを高橋さんから学び、今でもそれを活かしています。

今後も、高橋さんからの学びは永遠に続くでしょう。

ふと、勇造さんの言葉を思い出しました。

「自分とは、会った友達そのもの」

確かに、、、

「高橋さんに会って、僕は影響を受けた」と思っていた。

でも、僕は、高橋さんそのものなのだ。

出会い、ご縁に、“敦く”感謝です。

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[以下、英語]

Again, recently, a great person has come into my life.

Yuzo Toyoda-san

A musician from Kyoto, Japan

Usually, I do not talk about my friend’s age, gender, nationality, academic background…

I am more interested in the ways how my friends have been leading their lives.

Especially, I never talk about blood types. (^o^)

But, today, let me talk a little bit.
This Yuzo-san’s age is 67, and I graduated the same university as Yuzo-san’s, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

***

THIS is Yuzo-san’s Wikipedia. (Sorry, it is in Japanese.)

He is VERY BIG and DEEP…

In the past, we could find many of this kind of great persons.

And, they are not selfish persons, and they are willing to help others.

***

My father was also this kind of person.

I know my father had done so many.

And, he had lots of friends.

“忠やん(CHU-yan)” was his nickname.

“忠,” pronounced as CHU, means “loyalty.”

He was keeping his loyalty with his lots of his friends.

He was living the word “忠=CHU”.

***

Back to Yuzo-san…

I have found these Yuzo-san’s words.

“Recently, I have started to think in this way. – I am (made of) people I meet, places I visit, events I encounter, books I read, food I eat. Before, I had a different idea. – I am (made of) myself. But, nowadays, I have started to believe that I am (made of) my surroundings.”

Well said…

Yuzo-san has a very strong character of his own.
Usually, persons, like Yuzo-san, with their own strong characters, may easily say, “I am…” or “Myself is …”
That is why I am quite impressed that a person, like Yuzo-san, leaves the above said words.
Reading these words of his, I have started to respect him more.

Yuzo-san is connected with some great persons in history, too.

I believe those connections have made Yuzo-san’s character.

***

I have not met Yuzo-san yet.

On August 20 (SAT), I will meet him at his live concert in Bangkok.

Let’s go too see him.
If you are interested, let me know.

Another “CHU-yan” has gave me this connection with Yuzo-san.

“CHU-yan”, living in Bangkok, is my new friend/hero.

And, I believe that “my father CHU-yan” has brought me this connection with “Bangkok CHU-yan.”

“敦行(Atsuyuki)” is my name.。

“敦” means almost the same as “忠”.

My father has given me this name, wishing I am loyal to people I meet.

***

Finally, let me talk about Naoki Takahashi-san…

Last Sunday, he dropped by, to my surprise.

Takahashi-san lives in Japan, and I live in Thailand, so we cannot meet easily.
We enjoyed our conversation for hours.
I also enjoyed his souvenirs. – very rare sake and very rare japanese beans

I used to work in Panasonic for 20 years.
And, Takahashi-san was my boss in Mexico and America.

I met many wonderful bosses, but he is surely one of the best.

I really want/believe him to be Panasonic’s president.
Actually, he can be more.

When I joined Panasonic, long time ago, there were lots of BIG and KIND persons, like Yuzo-san and my father.

Takahashi-san is a really young guy, but he is that kind of person.

I have learnt so much from him, and I am using his lessons in my life.

I will keep on learning from him.

Yuzo-san’s words come up to me again…

“I am (made of ) friends I meet.”

So true…

I had thought “I have been influenced by Takahashi-san.”

But, now, I know more.
“Takahashi-san is (a part of) me.”

I deeply(=敦く) appreciate all of these relationships.

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Author: K

Hi! I am K, a Japanese, living in Thailand. I am a vegan runner, and I own a very small vegan cafe, Bonita Cafe and Social Club, in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2015, I ran across USA, 5,030KM, in 79 days, from April 25 to July 12, thanks to all of my friends and sponsorship companies.

2 thoughts on “I am made of friends I meet. (自分とは、会った友達そのもの)

  1. Hi K-San,

    Yes, I think your friend is very profound Yuzo Toyoda San. Many a times we ponder on whether an individual is influenced by the environment or the environment shape the individual.

    As Yuzo Toyoda San indicated that an individual is part of the environment.

    I think there is a big difference in a mind of an individual between understanding being part of the environment or dissociating the environment and individual as 2 aspect.

    What’s your thoughts.

    Rgds

    MIcal

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  2. Dear my soul friend, Mical-san,

    I have missed you.
    You know what?
    Now, our cafe has a framed photo of our Malaysia Natural Run Session.
    And, you are in the photo.
    So, everyday, I meet you.
    But, one morning, I started a very clear conversation with you in my mind, and I saw you in the photo…
    And… Right after that, I received your comment!!!

    About your point in your comment, yes, I totally agree with you.
    As I wrote in the article, even Yuzo-san had thought that his individual and his environment are totally two different things.
    But, later, as he gets more mature, more age and more modesty, he has started to think that his individual(=himself) is equal to his environment.
    I also had though myself was just myself.
    But, as I become older, I have started to think that I am influenced a lot by my environment.
    But, after reading Yuzo-san’s thoughts, now, I have learnt more. – “I am equal to environment.”

    Mical-san, I am sure I am influenced a lot by you.
    But, after knowing Yuzo-san’s thoughts, which means after I am influenced by Yuzo-san, now I think “I am you.”
    Yes, I am you.
    I am made by you.
    This is quite a profound feeling.

    Mical-san, I again want to meet you and talk with you, too.
    Oh… You know what?
    My Natural Run has been improved a lot more, since I last met you.
    For some of the important/core parts of my ideas/explanations were totally wrong!!!
    This year, I really have learnt a lot, finding lots of discovery.
    Someday, let me meet you, and let me share my updated idea.

    Thank you so much for this great conversation.
    You are my great friend, mentor and inspiration, always.

    K

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