chapter  7
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Tezuka Tomio, ‘An Hour with Heidegger’

At the end of March 1954 I visited Professor Heidegger in Freiburg, where I was able to hear what he had to say about the significance of present-day Christianity for European culture. I first reported on this issue in a column for the Tokyo Shinbun [newspaper] towards the end of January 1955. In my concern about the psychological and spiritual condition of the Japanese today, I find that this issue comes up again and again in my thinking; and for that reason I made it the topic of my questions to Professor Heidegger.e However, during the first part of our conversation Heidegger asked me various questions concerning the Japanese way of thinking and Japanese art, and had me talk about them. Since I am often asked about how the conversation went, I should like to write a few words about it here.