Dear Ambassador Caroline Kennedy,
Thank you for reading the following rather long note for you and your great country United States of America to understand more about Japan.
Japanese admire the entire nature. We admire the trees, ocean, mountain, grass, birds, fishes, animals, human and everything surrounding us.
We do not think humans are above or superior to all other life forms.
When we have meals we thank to all the life that we took including crops, vegetables, fishes, meat and everything and say “Itadaki masu” meaning ”Thank you for letting me have your lives” thus we do NOT think vegetarians are special or kind person since they are taking life from vegetables. Any plants have its own life to live.
When western people say “Don’t kill the whales or dolphins because they’re smart and have emotions!” we feel “Does not the cows, chickens, pigs, are smart and have emotions?”.
The opposite of “Do not kill because they are smart.” would be “Kill if they are not smart.” and we do not agree to that policy.
When vegetarians say “Don’t take life of animals?” we think “Does not the vegetables and crops have their own life to live?”.
Some westerns say “God gave the whole world to humans.” but I do not believe so. We live in this planet with other lives and we need various lives and energy in order to live in this planet, thus everything is precious.
Thus we thank to everything surrounding us. We borrow life and energy from the nature which we admire and humans cannot live without them thus we thank all of them and become humble. We do not have the “right” to conquer the world but oppositely the nature is letting us live and this belief we have for more than two thousand years in this islands, after long history of mankind and development of science has now becoming prove to be true.
The western culture is heavily influenced by Christianity and “Love your enemy.” is one if the greatest words of wisdom and many other great concepts comes from Christianity, but sometimes since the influence is so heavy people forget some of their thoughts are based on that religion.
Do YOU believe you should kill any lives because they are not smart?
We need to take lives from others living on this planet in order to live.
If you think that is a sin, it is a sin, we are all guilty taking lives from others.
Please do not decide only by your culture and your religion which lives you can take and which lives you cannot take.
The only thing we can do is follow our tradition in each country and thank every lives and energy surrounding us that we take.
Thank you again for reading this. I hope we two countries would understand more about each other and have a better peaceful world for all of us, every lives in the planet.
I pray that your stay in Japan continues to be pleasant and comfortable.
Best and warmest regards,
P.S. I also noticed that 53 years ago today, January 20, 1961, your father John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the 35th. President of the United States of America. John is the most popular and admired President of all times by the Japanese people knowing that he stopped the nuclear war and fought for human rights for the minorities in your country.