No One is Cheerful by Nature

森羅万象第6巻 表紙

The other day, Mr. Fujio Akatsuka(赤塚不二夫), a Japanese famous comic artist, passed away. When I was a child, I would often read his comic Bakabon, the Genius. Also I would look forward to watching its animation on TV. The animation was a little bit different from its original comic, but I loved both of them. As a child, when I stayed at a Japanese hotel with my family, I would put a belt of Yukata around my chest and pretend to be Bakabon. But I, being a little child, sometimes felt scared of his eyes because I saw something crazy there. The eyes of the character were those of Mt.Akatsuka.

  • pass away 亡くなる
  • look forward to A  Aを楽しみにする
  • pretend ふりをする
  • feel scared 怖い

I feel that he went through many difficulties since he was a boy until he came of age, such as poverty, loneliness in his home, bully at school due to his family’s moving etc. The bullying must’ve been an especially traumatic experience for him. His heart seems to have been hurt all the more because he was a really kind person. But he never lost his cheerfulness. It can be said that his sense of humor in later years was nurtured thanks to his so harsh experiences in his boyhood that he wanted to kill himself. He must’ve acquired a power containing craziness that he had no choice but to laugh in the face of too much suffering, and realized that there was a laugh in an extreme condition.

  • difficulty 困難
  • come of age 成人になる
  • poverty 貧困
  • loneliness 孤独
  • especially 特に
  • cheerfulness 朗らかさ
  • nurture 育む
  • harsh   過酷な
  • have no choice but to~  〜するより仕方がない
  • extreme 極端な

Successful persons are mostly cheerful. Even if you live in miserable poverty and conditions, you don’t need to worry as long as you’re cheerful because you have a broad and tough mind. You can be said to be a person whose Inner God is manifesting itself more clearly than ordinary people. Cheerfulness is never acquired naturally. Cheerful people are the ones who tried hard to be cheerful in the face of hardships. You can never be cheerful passively.

  • mostly  たいていは
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • broad 広い
  • manifest 現す

Bakabon’s signature phrase, “Yes, that is good! ” has a deep meaning. I sense from the phrase his high spirituality. He is saying “yes” to all things happening to him. His high spirituality is similar to that of Shinran(親鸞), the founder of Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism.

  • signature phrase 決めゼリフ
  • meaning 意味
  • spirituality 精神性

Be yourself. It is how you “play” in this world based on your conscience that matters. It would be painful and wasteful if you were just waiting for time to pass in this world where your life is sure to come to an end. Why don’t you start to live positively saying “yes” to all, instead of no? Then a new life will be opened up to you.

  • conscience 良心
  • matter 重要である
  • instead of A   Aの代わりに

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

Thank you so much for keeping me/us alive.