『詩の国秋田』第5号 巻頭言「故中嶋嶺雄先生を偲んで」

2013/09/21

 

年会報 『詩の国秋田 : Akita – the Land of Poetry 』 第5号のEパンフレットは本日2013921日発行、巻頭言 「故中嶋嶺雄先生を偲んで」 を掲載いたします。

ここに謹んで故中嶋先生のご冥福をあらためてお祈り申し上げます。

 詩の国秋田(Vol.5) 

 「日本語版」をご紹介します。

 

故中嶋嶺雄先生を偲んで

 秋田国際俳句・川柳・短歌ネットワーク顧問

秋田県国際俳句協会名誉副会長   幸 野 稔(秋田大学名誉教授)

  

 皆様ご存じの通り、国際教養大初代理事長・学長であられた中嶋嶺雄先生は、本年2月14日、

秋田市内の病院で逝去され、3月17日に先生をお送りする大学葬が営まれました。あらためて先生のご功績を偲び、皆様とともにご冥福をお祈りしたいと思います。

 はからずも東京外語大の同窓だった先生は、在学中私の1年先輩でしたが、無名の私との接点はなく、遠くから仰ぎ見る存在でした。現代中国論を中心とする国際社会学研究者の道に進まれた先生は、母校の教員に迎えられ、1995年には学長に就任されて母校の発展に尽くされ、また広く国内外で教育・研究活動に貢献されました。

 そのような高名な先生が本県に新設される国際教養大の最高責任者になられることを知ったとき、設立に至る経緯に鑑みて、期待と同時に言い知れぬ不安をもまた感じました。しかしながら、先生の超人的リーダーシップの下、そのような不安はすべて杞憂に終わって、同大は国内外で高い評価を得ていることはご承知のとおりであります。

 2004年、同大新設に伴い秋田に来られた先生を私が支部長をしていた東京外語会秋田支部とAFS(高校生留学の国際団体)秋田支部の顧問にお迎えし、一方ならぬお世話になりました。また、2009年に発足した秋田国際俳句・川柳・短歌ネットワークの理事長としても、先生を顧問にお迎えして貴重なご助言とご支援をいただきました。

 国際社会学者や大学管理者としてのスタンスには峻烈なものがあったと伺っておりますが、文学や音楽等の幅広い教養に裏打ちされた教育者としての温和なお人柄もまた先生のすばらしい一面でした。大学葬の祭壇に飾られた遺影を偲びながら、先生の御霊に拙詠を捧げさせていただきます。

・君が国信濃の山に憩うごと供花(くげ)に囲まれ微笑む遺影

  

「英語版」をご紹介します。

In Memory of the Late Dr. Mineo NAKAJIMA

 Minoru KONO (Professor Emeritus, Akita University)

Adviser to Akita International Haiku Network

Honorary Vice President of Akita International Haiku Association

 

As all of you know, Dr. Mineo NAKAJIMA, the 1st Chief Director and President of Akita International University (AIU), passed away in a hospital in Akita City, on the 14th of February, 2013.  Later, on the 17th of March this year, a University Memorial Ceremony was held for him on the AIU campus.  Let me now suggest we should pray his soul may rest in peace, reminding you of his great academic services and achievements.

Dr. Nakajima, an alumnus of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), was one year ahead of me while we were students there.  Even so, I just looked up to him from afar because there was no link between him and me, an anonymous student.  Pursuing an academic career as researcher in international sociology centering on contemporary Chinese studies, he was installed as one of the academic staff of TUFS, and in 1995 as its President.  In the meantime, he made a tremendous contribution to the development of his alma mater, while devoting himself to his academic activities both at home and abroad.

How great was the impact of the news of Dr. Nakajima, such a celebrated academic, coming to Akita to be the highest administrator of newly-founded AIU!  Obviously, the news gave me great expectations, but I also felt indescribable fears in view of the processes leading to the foundation of the university.  All the fears, however, have proved groundless.  As everybody knows, AIU has been ranked highly in the public estimation both internally and internationally under the superhuman leadership of Dr. Nakajima.

While he was in his office here in Akita, he supported me a great deal in various volunteer activities.  In 2004, I asked him to work as adviser to the Akita Chapters of TUFS Alumni Association and of AFS Intercultural Programs, Japan, of each of which I was manager.  Later, as chief director of Akita International Haiku Network, founded in 2009, I again asked him to work as its adviser.  I heartily appreciate all the valuable pieces of support and advice he gave me.

Dr. Nakajima’s attitudes as international sociologist and as university administrator were sometimes severe, I was told, but as educator he had a really warm character with extensive culture such as literature and music.  Recalling his portrait decorated on the altar at the University Memorial Ceremony, I would like to dedicate my short poem to the soul of the late Dr. Nakajima.

 

Amid offered flowers,

Your memorial portrait

Smiling as if to rest

On a mountain in Shinano,

Your home province.

 

The next posting ‘『詩の国秋田』第5号「第2回日露俳句コンテスト」武藤鉦二選’ appears on September 28.

         蛭田 秀法Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

 

 

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