Le Mausolée de Confucius à Nagasaki

Les Analectes de Confucius et de ses 72 disciples

Par Tomoko Kamishima   

Il fut un temps où Nagasaki était le seul port du Japon ouvert aux navires de commerce chinois. 

A cette époque (1639-1858), le shogunat Tokugawa adoptait une politique de fermeture et d'isolement pour tout le reste du pays. Parmi les mausolées consacrés à Confucius à travers toute l'Asie de l'Est, celui de Nagasaki fait sans aucun doute partie des plus beaux. La soif de savoir attire toujours les pèlerins, avec qui les enseignements de Confucius (551-479 av. J.-C.) sont encore aujourd'hui partagés. Devant le cloître, où sont exposés les Analectes de Confucius, 72 statues de pierre représentent des sages, les meilleurs disciples de Confucius. La beauté et la solennité des lieux ne devraient pas vous laisser indifférent. Au contraire, la splendeur architecturale de ce mausolée devrait vous laisser un souvenir impérissable.

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Julian Bohler

Julian Bohler @julian.bohler

Born in France, I was twenty years old when, passing by a local bookstore, a book about Japanese characters caught my attention. This was my first encounter with Japan, and one that would change my life in many ways. Earning a degree in Japanese Studies with a major in Japanese religions and folklore, I have studied for two years in Kyoto but it only took me a couple of weeks to fall in love with the city. I really feel privileged to have been able to meet so many wonderful people out there, that taught me a lot about Japanese culture and about myself. I love nature, visiting temples and shrines, reading and researching about their history, joining traditional festivals or riding my bike to discover hidden places throughout the city. I also enjoy taking pictures wherever I go and Japan is a never-ending source of inspiration for an amateur like me. With Osaka, Kobe, Nara and many other beautiful rural areas at a short train ride distance from Kyoto, Kansai is also a wonderful area for enjoying the richness of Japanese cuisine. Japan has many secrets for everyone to discover, and countless elusive moments of poetry that no guidebook can tell you about. I am delighted to be able to share the ones I had the chance to witness with you and everyone at Japantourist. I sincerely hope it will make you want to visit and discover this magnificent country.

Article original par Tomoko Kamishima