海外 感動 ヨーロッパで最も有名な日本人は八頭身美女だった！「ヨーロッパの母」日本で初めての国際結婚クーデンホーフ光子の壮絶な人生【感動実話】 Published on Oct 6, 2016
海外 感動 ヨーロッパで最も有名な日本人は八頭身美女だった！「ヨーロッパの母」日本で初めての国際結婚
クーデンホーフ光子 Published on Dec 1, 2016
★★リヒャルト・クーデンホーフが EUの産みの親と言われていたのは 知っていたが なぜ そう考えたのか
知らなかった。このビデオで 初めて詳しい経緯を知った。 また クーデンホーフ光子の影響が そこに
[JAPAN] Tribute to Mitsuko, Countess of Coudenhove-Kalergi on Aug 31, 2015
Mitsuko, Countess of Coudenhove-Kalergi (German: Mitsuko, Gräfi von Coudenhove-Kalergi, 7 July 1874 ~ 27 Aug 1941), formerly known as Mitsu Aoyama, is a daughter of Samurai. Both of her parents are long line of upper-class Samurai families.
Mitsuko became the first Japanese person to emigrate to Europe, after becoming a wife of an Austrian diplomat, Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi, in 1893. They met in Tokyo. She was the mother of Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi, a founder of Pan-European Union.
Heinrich first saw Mitsuko at her father’s business office where Mr. Aoyama, Mitsuko’s father, sold antiques and arts of Japan. Although the Aoyamas was descendants of upper-class Samurai and that means they do not handle money at all, after Meiji Restoration all that sort of traditions faded away.
Mr. Aoyama started his own business based on his hobby, collecting and selling antiques of Japan. He found pleasure in meeting people who shared the same interest and exchanged opinions on each other’s collections.
One of Heinrich’s hobbies just so happened to be the same as Mitsuko’s father’s, so naturally they hit it off from the first moment they met at Mr. Aoyama’s office where Mr. Aoyama’s collections were displayed. Coming from similar backgrounds and birth-origins, these two gentlemen could spent hours talking about antique collections. It was such a time Mitsuko (17), Mr. Aoyama’s daughter, started to work for her father.
It is said that it was love at first sight for Heinrich (32). Since the day he saw this young lady, he could not forget about her. So, he commuted to Mr. Aoyama’s office every single day for two (2) years. He never really spoke to this young lady but simply enjoyed being in the same room with her. After two long years, Heinrich, finally asked Mr. Aoyama for his daughter’s hand in marriage. To Mr. Aoyama’s surprise, he politely rejected Heinrich. If it were in Europe, perhaps any noble person would be glad to marry his daughter to Heinrich’s family; however, this was in Japan and nobody knew who Heinrich or his family was. This challenging situation was rather refreshing to Heinrich and so he pursued Mitsuko, ignoring what Mr. Aoyama said. Heinrich enjoyed being an “unknown” person far away from his home for a change.
The children of Samurai families never married people of other social-classes, let along foreigners… until Mitsuko. Back then in Japan, White people were thought as “ugly” with big noses and bad skin, etc. Japanese people didn’t consider them attractive at all…unlike today’s Japanese people.
Despite of the rejection from Mr. Aoyama, Heinrich refused to give up on Mitsuko and eventually they were married secretly, only blessed by foreign ministries of Japan and Austria. The whole ordeal of Mitsuko became a major scandal in Japan. Japanese people thought that it was outrageous and disgraceful. …but what else could they do? They were in love. So the life went on and the rest became a history.
The reason, Why EU Flag resembles the Japanese national Flag ? Uploaded on Oct 7, 2011
★This is a re-edited version, Because ex-music was against Copyright code.
★Richard Nikolaus Eijiro Graf Coudenhove Kalergi
called Aoyama Eijiro in Japan.
He is called “The Father of EU (European Union)”
He was born in Tokyo, Japan.
His parents were Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Austrian diplomat, and Aoyama Mitsuko.
It is said that famous Aoyama district in Tokyo was named after her family name.
He proposed Pan-Europa thought first.