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We Japanese worship natural phenomena; the sun, the moon, the ocean the mountain, and many others. It is a simple conclusion that these types of the cultures are the rests of primitive religions, the animism. But it is a precious moment to experience the relation between the universe and we human being.
For me, according to my personal association, the New Year$B!G(Bs Day sun rises above the horizon of the ocean, neither above the tree tops nor above the mountain ridges. Even the sunset is into the ocean. There are coast lines with eastern side facing to sea. But there also are coast lines with western side facing to sea, where you have no chance to enjoy the sunrises. Therefore "Sunset Boulevard" is in Los Angels. And the people who live in the continents; most of Chinese, Russian, European$B!D(B, they have no ocean for the sunrise. We who worship the sunrise above the ocean are really a minority in the world.
Recently a Japanese politician made a very rough comparison between Buddhism and Christianity. Some high ranked church people immediately contradicted this comparison. Today, how many of us are so religious? Do Buddhists, Christians, Moslems or Hindis, believe and follow their religions$B!G(B codes? Are they, in number, more than the people who worship the sunrise?
There are people, who are not allowed to express their own opinions, who can$B!G(Bt go to school. There are children who can$B!G(Bt get food sufficiently. They are victims of the unfair distribution of the world wealth. How many are they?