April 26, 2021 at 03:06PM

I want you to listen to my/our voice. At the same time, I do not want you to immerse yourself only in my stories. It is always important to keep balance. Defining my word – “There is no such a thing as Right or Wrong in Sashiko” – as the “right description” is already in the weir of dualism. Please listen to & read other Japanese people’s voices. A lecture by Wada-Sensei (@yoshiko_wada_) yesterday was such a great opportunity to learn (It was good to hear that she doesn’t agree with the Sashiko’s “definition” as “Little Stabs”). I believe the series of her lectures is available in archives. Please visit @longhousereserve for the details.

I want you to learn from me. However, I am not so full of myself that what I say/write is the “answer”. Because of the (cultural) difference, even in talking about a fact, we may end up looking at it from a different angle. It is my challenge to learn the culture in which I am sharing “to”. It is my responsibility to learn since I am writing it in English. Therefore, the “Sashiko Talk (Live Streaming)” is a wonderful opportunity to learn & observe me objectively in talking to our Sashiko friends. The Sashiko Live Streaming is all archived on our Youtube Channel. It will probably answer many of your questions. Sashiko is… more than just making beautiful patterns in stitching.

先日ご紹介した和田先生のウェブ講義。とても有意義な時間を過ごすことができました。想像以上に僕や恵子さんのお話を取り上げて下さって、夕飯用に鶏肉揚げながら拝聴してたので少し気まずくなったり。日曜日の夕方だから仕方ない(笑)。

英語で刺し子を紹介していると、油断すると「淳が言うことは全て正しい」という偏った現象を作りかねません。それは僕が日本人で日本語を当たり前としつつ、英語で情報発信をしている為、言語的に同じ土俵に立ってないと、批判すらできないからです。実際日本語できないと議論にすらならないし。ただ、それはとても危ない話です。だからこそ、和田先生のように知識も経験も段違いの方から客観的にご紹介&ご指摘を頂けるのは本当に貴重で、有り難いなと思っています。日本の文化は素敵なんですが、だからといって完璧だという訳では決して無いのでね。

#Sashiko #SashikoStory #SashikoTalk #SashikoLive #SashikoStitching #JapaneseSashiko #刺し子


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