Cultural heritage should not be uprooted from its homeland.
Yuji ANKEI (Professor of Area Studies, Yamaguchi Prefectural University)
UNDIVIDABLE CULTURAL HERITAGE
The drawing by Chen Cheng-po should stay in Hofu City
among the people who will develop mutual friendship with
Taiwanese peoples that may visit Yamaguchi. They will be
acquainted with the works of Mitsunoshin Kamiyama
and other historical treasures of interest.
It is a part of his cultural heritage given to his hometown,
and should not be separated and removed in a remote place.
PRICELESS MEMORIES OF KAMIYAMA
Apart from his tasks as a statesman,
Mitsunoshin Kamiyama dedicated himself
to encourage the study of local culture and tradition
in Yamaguchi and in Taiwan.
He used what money he had for this purpose:
two books in three volumes are still monumental works
in anthropology and linguistics,
and together with the serendipically rediscovered drawing,
they are priceless.
Their real value should be estimated
by their influence on humanity.
CULTURAL INTERCHANGE WITH TAIWAN
How happy should we be to welcome our friends from Taiwan
and elsewhere, who will have a chance of visiting
the unknown treasures in Yamaguchi,
the Moori Museum and its gardens, for example.
The interchange will surely contribute to weave the memory
of the scholars and the artist that had collaborated
with Mitsunoshin Kamiyama.
TOURISTIC DEVELOPMENT EXPECTED
From a touristic view, It is stupid for Yamaguchi
to throw away such a chance of brewing friendship
and expecting mutual visits with other countries,
especially with Taiwan, many of whom have
deep respect on and affection to
Japanese culture and its people.