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Old 07-16-2009, 06:52 AM   #27
Peter Goldsbury
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Re: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 13

Hello Raul,

Since this last post of yours I have been researching kototama gaku for the next two columns. This is truly amazing stuff and can easily stand comparison with Umberto Eco's semiology. The beauty is that The Name of the Rose was based on a text that was a complete fiction, but it is brilliant literary jiyu-waza, with very few 'holes'.

With kotodama, however, there will be those who will strongly dispute its fictional character, probably on the grounds that O Sensei believed in it and practiced it. So it must be 'really real'.

With kototama gaku, you go a huge step further and set up a parallel semiological kotodama universe. The Matrix, with Neo, Morpheus, the red pill and the blue pill, is mundane by comparison. If you have not already done so, I suggest you read the writings of M Nakazono, of the Kototama Institute in Santa Fe, and decide whether he is Neo, Morpheus, or Agent Smith.

Best wishes,


Raul Rodrigo wrote: View Post
Okay, am glad to hear that. It really sounds like a fun idea, even just to toss plot ideas back and forth over a few beers.

Here's the thing: will the kototama in the hidden scroll turn out to be truly powerful, or will they prove to be a mirage, a finger pointing at the moon? Does a German-speaking shihan, Asai shihan perhaps, (in keeping with the Name of the Rose theme) say at the end, as the dojo burns: "Er muoz gelichesame die leiter abewerfen, so er an ir ufgestigen." As William of B. says at the end of the novel: afterward you must throw the ladder away, because you discover that even if it was useful, it was meaningless.



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