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In 1901, after having lost a factional battle within the academy, Okakura left for India, where he spent a year traveling and living in the household of Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941). Tagore and Okakura saw themselves as brothers-in-arms, embracing many common interests and agendas, not the least of which was their preoccupation with the future of their respective national traditions and their dedication to allround artistic education. At the Bengali poet’s suggestion, Okakura wrote The Ideals of the East based on numerous conversations he had with Tagore and his disciples, including his nephew and independence activist Surendranath Tagore.
The third formative influence on Konoe was his friendship with Arao Sei (1859–96), around whose advocacy of the preservation of Chinese integrity Konoe developed a philosophical basis of his public activity. Arao was trained as an Army intelligence officer and in that capacity moved to China in 1886. Having secured the friendship of Kishida Ginko- (1832–1905), a China expert, journalist, and the proprietor of the - Arao came to know politically Sino-Japanese trading company Rakuzendo, conscious Chinese as well as Japanese operators in China.
Certainly, the members did not all have the same ideas about Japan’s specific role in the Society’s essentially, but not exclusively, Conceptual Roadmap 39 cultural undertakings. This was because the very topic of China generated conflicting views and policy preferences, which in turn colored their opinions about the format of a possible Sino-Japanese union of the future. In real political terms, the instability of China generated two dissenting views on Japan’s foreign policy. 28 The real situation was not as clear-cut, of course, but Japan’s China policy around the turn of the century nonetheless fluctuated between these two positions.
Pan-Asianism and Japan’s War 1931–1945 by Eri Hotta (auth.)