This application for the Parallel Perception Scholarship was submitted by Max Masayuki Niitsuma. If you would like to offer your support for Max please leave a comment at the end of this blog post.
Hi Lujan! First of all I really want to say thank you for the opportunity to read the Whisperings of the Dragon. Since last year I have been writing for the Parallel Perception Scholarship 2015. After the announcement on the morning of January 15th, I have repeatedly observed myself and wrote in words many times. Because I am Japanese, Whisperings of the Dragon was not an easy book to understand completely. But I tried my best to express my honest feeling in this essay. I will begin from the explanation of Japanese traditional culture, the Yoshiwara.
About two hundred to three hundred years ago, when Tokyo was still called Edo,there was an area called Yoshiwara, a unique red-light district approved by Edo government. What’s so unique about Yoshiwara is that sexual tradition was handed down from generations to generations with tolerance. The highest ranked women were called Oiran and they had the rights to choose their guests in some circumstances.
Oiran was a special being even out of the Yoshiwara and gave effects to society like a super star. Each time Oiran had new clothes and the hairstyle, it became very popular in Edo. They were also highly educated; they learned the manner of Japanese tea ceremony, proper singing, musical instruments. But out of these specialties, Oiran surpassed in sexual techniques and once a man spent a night with an Oiran, they were prohibited to visit other women in the Yoshiwara to keep this techniques secret.
Every time a man visits an Oiran, they spend a thick time together, as if they were married, opening and synchronizing their heart. I have heard that there was a modus similar to tantra and tao, an esoteric sexual techniques. Yes, this is why I am introducing the Oiran in this essay, because there was an esoteric part to it.
At the time of Edo, Japan had high leveled sexual culture beginning from Yoshiwara. Sexual intercourse and anything symbolizing that was nothing to be embarrassed of. Actually, Japanese people had carnival with statues that was in the shape of sexual organs. But after World War II, this tradition of open sexuality became a minority and the society thought it to be something that had to be hidden and kept a secret.
“The important thing in life is opening your heart to only one partner”. This idea of yours introduced in Genki Sudo’s book and your idea of Soft Shamanism has moved me very much. I don’t know why but when I read this words, it strongly reminded me the Oiran of Yoshiwara. I would not say that the Soft Shamanism and the Yoshiwara culture is completely the same, but I believe that there is a common point, the most important thing that we have forgotten throughout the long history. That is to open your heart to your partner and enhance the sexuality of each other step by step, without limitation.
The important point of this process of enhancing sexuality is that both the partner needs to realize the enhancement for this realization should mean true satisfaction. I believe that this enhancement of sexuality will eventually lead to sacred heart. This is nothing to be embarrassed of and I strongly believe it is something that must be handed down to the next generation.
But what is it to “open” your heart? The voice of yours I hear in the Cosmic Giggle is very relaxing to me. Is this because your voice is something from the heart?
I had a precious experience in the past, about 7 to 8 years ago. It was the first time I have gave love to a woman that I loved. I clearly knew how much of my feelings were received by her; I told her “I love you, I love you” and I wasn’t sad at all, but tears fell from my eyes. It was obvious that there was some kind of pure energy that transcended the word “love”, and when I felt that this energy was understood by her, I, myself felt very kind and peaceful, and I also felt the enormous affection toward my love. This peaceful feeling was just fulfilling by itself.
Even though it has been a long time, it is an unforgettable event, for I believe it was an event that came from my heart. From this experience I began to desire profound understandings of the essence of my love. This thought lead me to the study of Yoshiwara and eventually to your idea of Soft Shamanism. To me, these idea of Soft Shamanism, Oiran of Yoshiwara and the precious experience I had are the truth of heart. Today, I still love the woman and so I want to feel and learn further from you the true heart of men, the true heart of human being.
“As I am, so are others; As others are, so am I. Having thus identified self and others, harm no one nor have them harmed.” This phrase by Buddha was the very first phrase that I started the journey of this scholarship. With my English skills, I had difficulty catching the nuance of the words so I asked for help to the Italian and Japanese couple that was at the same cafe by incident.
Many friends and co-workers of mine has helped me out in order to read and write this essay. Even as I am writing this essay, there is someone supporting me by my side. In this means, Lujan, you have gave me an opportunity to meet many people and enhance my life. It is like a rainbow bridge being passed to me from the others. Throughout this month and a half, my relationship between others, such as my parents, friends, and some strangers that sat next to me has became stronger than before. What I met during this period was the new aspect of my heart.
If this book was written in Japanese and not English, I might have been able to understand the book better but I could not have realize the relationship that I could have earned. And even if I could have understood the words of Buddha, I could not have received it by my heart. I want to thank to all of the flow and timing that lead me to this place, and to you for reading my essay to the end. Again, thank you very much. Arigato.
Very best wishes from,
Max Masayuki Niitsuma