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letters Vol. II

To T. Yagisawa

Dear Sir, 24 December 1957

Thank you ever so much for your kind letter.

You are the first representative of the Japanese nation from whom I hear that he has read my books.

So your letter is a memorable fact in my life.

It shows how slow mental travelling is: it took me more than 30 years to reach Japan but I have not even arrived yet at the University of my own town.

It is indeed most gratifying and encouraging to me to know that I have readers in Japan, since I know how specifically European most of my works are.

It is true, however, that I have tried to demonstrate the universal character of the psyche as well as I could.

But it is an almost superhuman task: “Art is long, and our life is short.”

I am now in my 83rd year and my creative work has come to an end.

I am watching the setting sun.

Many thanks and my best wishes for a happy New Year,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 405