Written by: Prof. Kaveh Farrokh, PhD
As part of WAALM’s endeavour for Cultural Diplomacy, the institute has facilitated a unique duet by Persian Maestro, Sattar and Japanese Maestra, Keiko Kagawa. These have lent their talents and voices for ‘Peace and Love of Beauty’. The Persian Tenor and Japanese Soprano recorded a classical duet, “I Believe“, to raise social awareness for ‘world Peace’. This duet is to be Released on International Peace Day – 21 Sep. 2012.
This is yet another expression of WAALM’s works to assist dialogue and understanding between civilizations (see for example WAALM’s Initiative for Turkish-Iranian Dialogue and WAALM’s Empower Africa Conference in April 7-10, 2010).
Demo if the Song: I Believe; Vocals: Sattar, Lyric Tenor & Keiko Kagawa, Lyric Soprano; Songwriter: Eric Levi. This has been faciliated by the WAALM Academy and the WAALM Musical Ensemble.
There are historical ties between ancient Iran and Japan, not to mention wider Persianate (or Turco-Persian) civilization and Asia as a whole.
Eight century CE Japanese textile from Nara (Treasures of the Shoso-In) depicting a hunter engaged in the Parthian shot during the hunt against lions. The inset shows the almost exact same scene on a 4th century CE Sassanian metalwork depicting Sassanian monarch Shapur II (r.309-379 CE) hunting lions on horseback. The first Caucasian to set foot in Japan was a man of Persian descent (known as Li-Mi-I in Chinese sources) who arrived in Japan with a Tang Chinese delegation in 736 CE (pages 283-284 , 2007, Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War-Персы: Армия великих царей-سایههای صحرا-).Picture source: Kaveh Farrokh’’s lectures at the University of British Columbia’s Continuing Studies Division and Stanford University’s WAIS 2006 Critical World Problems Conference Presentations on July 30-31, 2006.
Readers may find the following articles by Dr. Masato Tojo regarding Japan-China links with the Persianate civilization of interest:
- Dr. Masato Tojo: Zen Buddhism and Persian Culture: An investigation on the Simurgh (Persian Phoenix) culture and Zen Buddhism (pdf)
- Dr. Masato Tojo: An Introduction to the Simorgh Culture and Mithraism in East Asia (pdf)
- Dr. Masato Tojo: Manichaeism Esoteric Buddhism and Oriental Theosophy (pdf)
- Dr. Masato Tojo:: Ancient Persia: Influences on Ancient Chinese and Japanese Calendars