In Japan many, many people learn foreign languages in various places.
When we learn a foreign language, we usually read the topics of the country concerned in the textbook.
I will tell you about English as the representative example. It is completely said in the junior high and senior high, and also in the university. We read in the English readers many stories, which interest us greatly as attractive unknown things. We are used to having a lot of information from those sources. As for me, it is one of my pleasures to know many things of England or America. For example, the custom, the way of thinking, the life style, the history, and so on. All of them are quite different from those in Japan.
Recently I have read some book about the English study. And the author insists in the book that we should tell our culture in English. According to his opinion, in the early times when our country opened the door to the world, it was one of developing countries. So our ancestors had to absorb information about all things. Studying English meant studying western, advanced culture. That's why all the topics in the English readers are about their culture.
But today Japan has become one of advanced nations, although I don't know it can be said in the true meaning. The author, therefore, proposes to us that we should send our information to the world in English. Our knowledge and information are needed, he says.
Of course, I agree with him about the need for it. And also when we face to foreigners even in Japan, it is necessary to be able to explain our culture in English. Or when we go abroad, it will be also fun to tell them about our culture.
Well, then I have to study Japan again. I don't have enough knowledge about my county to explain foreigners clearly. As I have no confidence in it, I have to learn many things, politics, economy, history, literature, music, culture, and so on.
Perhaps I have to go to have some lessons, read the newspaper and many books, work hard at home...
After all I will be very busy with them, so I could find no time for studying English.
What a shame!