July 17, 2024 at 08:16PM

I liked the previous “Shiawase (meeting with 4 lines) Furoshiki”. This is the following project with “free hands concepts” with several rules like the color of threads. Well… as I put a bit of “my ego” into this and tried to be more “design focused”, and it is turning… umm, something I don’t know how to feel about. To be honest, I may not like it at this point much. I am sharing the in-progress photo just to push my back to complete the project – and once again, to question myself, “Is Sashiko Art?”

Sashiko “can be” the Art. However, at this moment, I do not consider Sashiko as Art. Therefore, although someone may consider this piece as Art, I am not 100% happy with the Sashiko I practice with this fabric. I believe it is okay to not to like something – as “Like” exist thanks to “Dislike”. Not all of the Sashiko are supposed to be “beautiful” – and not asking for the admiration in forms of “Likes”

Well. The “Authentic Sashiko” exists on the road of one’s stitching with Joy. When one enjoys Sashiko, they will reach the “Authentic Sashiko” at some point. What I teach is how to ride a bike so that one may reach there faster than just walking. When one reaches the point, I am happy to call Sashiko as Art with pointing out their Sashiko. The day will come soon.




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July 16, 2024 at 10:19AM

Well. Latest “Upcycled” Denim reached its competition (for now). Comparing it to other Denims I have worked on so far, I realize the smaller pieces of vintage fabrics would make this project more attractive. It is a miracle process of finding a “gem” at the right place & right timing.

We can find so many profound & wise sayings to enrich our lives – and there are moments to realize the sayings are actually linked to our reality. “Finding a Place Where You Can Bloom” is the saying underlie these Denims. One small piece of fabric is so trivial for almost all the people. For many of them, it is nothing more than trash. However, for me when I work on this specific project, the piece of trash becomes the gem – the one it has to be there for the specific purpose.

I DO NOT recommend the mindset of “Everything (even trash) has Value” as it can lead us to other bigger issues. However, I also want to remind you that everything has its “Potential” to be valuable when the time, situation & conditions change. Similarly, everyone has their potential to shine. If one feels so disregarded, it may be just a matter of not being in the right place at the right timing. Interestingly, when we talk about humans’ lives, this is where “Luck” kicks in.

In order to find the right place to bloom, “Luck” plays a big role as there are so many uncontrollable factors to find the place & to be there. I agree some say that the Luck is the key element of success. For that, I am extremely lucky. To receive “Luck”, there is one condition one has to be persistent – it is “To Be There”. Continuous effort is great, but not everyone can continue working hard. So… all I suggest is “to be there (believing in what you do)”. There are so many things I learned from Sashiko in my childhood – and I am finally putting the wisdom into the words.



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July 15, 2024 at 07:32PM

I still enjoy this “patching” on Denim. I appreciate many support for the previous post. I will maximize my opportunities & potential – and I will do my best. At the same time, I will still secure the time of stitching. I believe I will lose the credential when I stop stitching. My teaching, Sashiko Stories, and Cultural Sustainability by offering Japanese Sashiko Supplies & Tools are so valid as I am an active Sashiko Artisan. Therefore, I sometimes wonder if they are actually stitching while teaching. I don’t stitch for the sake of money to achieve another goal I have. Money will help me to keep stitching & hopefully help other Artisans to be the future of Sashiko.

I share the “Past”. You are observing my stitching as “Present” – & I hope those who appreciate the Past & Present will be the main part of the “Future”.






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July 14, 2024 at 11:49AM

The year of 2024 has been turbulent to me. After all, it is good to see my family smiling. We made several big decisions to prioritize the value in our life. I enjoy the weekend mornings, sharing small talks with her over the coffee, waiting for my daughter to come out.

I am facing a few changes based on the decisions we made. Long Story Short, I would need to “earn” more to make ends meet. It is quite simple in terms of what I do – it is my turn to chip in more to the family finance. However, it isn’t so simple to make it happen as my activities exist in the dilemma of creators. I will not change what I say/share here, but I may ask for the opportunity for me to teach more, offer lectures, and/or advise to improve the business activities.

On top of that, I now share some of my “collections” that I wasn’t planning to put on the price tag. The process is quite slow & I am being extra careful on what I can accept to offer. It is again the issue of “balance”. All of the items I list on the website as “items from my personal collection” will be introduced on the business account, @UpcycleStitches –

I plan to waive the “Maximum” numbers of workshops I offer in a year. Please kindly introduce me to studios, museums, and organizations/groups who may be interested in having me as the “Sashiko Teacher”. I believe it will be beneficial to both participants & who organize the workshop for/with me by offering the authentic experience. I appreciate your attention here to make the Sashiko we practice “Sustainable”!!




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July 12, 2024 at 08:13PM

When I was in Japan, I often heard my mother Keiko talking to the fabric while she was stitching. It took while to understand her saying underlie the Sashiko she practice. She says, “I will bring you back to the main stage once again”, especially when she works with Kofu (Vintage Fabrics). Her saying is another form of “Upcycling”, not only from a materialistic perspective, but also from “spiritual (how we live & value what we do)” perspective.

This saying applies to her life itself. She probably wanted to bring herself up on the stage once again. This saying may be an encouragement to me who failed many times. Also, I believe, this saying is one principle of Sashiko’s Philosophy – and I want to say this to you. We all have “value”, yet we are “categorized” as success or failure, special or mediocre. However, when “it (something great – or Luck – or even fate)” tries to “upcycle” who we are, the value we felt yesterday can be redefined today. The value is very “fragile”, and you/we are valuable when it add one “stitch”, although the majority consider us as mediocre.

Core of Sashiko exists in the ordinary. The trend “forcefully” made it special. It is great that I get so much attention, yet the value system can be completely different when the “force” changes its mind. It isn’t sustainable if the practice is destroyed when the trend is over. Unfortunately, the Sashiko introduced in English by so called “teachers” are not mentioning the core part of Sashiko – they just focus on the “how it looks” and “How to stitch”. Outcome is important, but there are people behind the practice, like Keiko, me and many other unknown & nameless, ordinary heroes who passed down the Sashiko we practice today. I am here to share “it”.



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July 10, 2024 at 11:52AM

When it comes to understanding the culture, the first important step is to realize it is almost impossible to understand other cultures fully. The only way to understand it “fully” is to be a part of culture (to live in the culture), yet it will require many (decades) of years of experience. Interestingly, for those who live in the other culture very rarely say that they do understand it. I have met many non-Japanese who have a very good understanding of Sashiko – yet, they always tell me how little they know about it. I wouldn’t trust non-Japanese who say they know all about Sashiko – especially when they do not live in Japan, or worse do not communicate in Japanese. How do they completely understand the culture without language?

When one says they fully understand Sashiko in their small group, or within leisure, I can smile. I have met many who say they know about Japan by saying “Sushi, Ninja, Harakiri…” It can be a joke, and it can even “facilitate” cross cultural communication. When it comes to “teaching”, though, it is a different story. When they teach on How Japanese is by just knowing only 3 words… Who would believe what they understand is sufficient? Interestingly, in Sashiko, we can find many “Sashiko Masters/Teachers” who claim they know about Sashiko with only limited “effort” to learn the culture. This is the trend that I cannot smile at, and the reason I try to be as difficult as possible on the Internet.

I offer opportunities to deepen the understanding such as Sashiko Classes. One is “Live Streaming” where anyone can join for free of charge. What they need is just a willingness to learn, but they do not admit the fact they don’t know. The Live is on (almost) every Thursday at 9 pm EST. I do not answer any “technical” questions, but any Cultural Questions are welcome. Now, it is a matter of “willingness to learn”, not “lack of opportunity”.


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Consulting Work for Sashiko Project Cover

Consulting Work for Sashiko Project

As the word “Sashiko” gets so popular, we can find many articles, publications, Art Pieces, and any form of projects using the word “Sashiko”. Many of them follow the idea of Sashiko within their capacity. Unfortunately, some are completely ignoring the Cultural Understanding of Sashiko. It is true that there are not much information available in English regarding Sashiko. By simply following the information from the Online Sources, the project can mislead the audience even if it isn’t the intention of the authors or organizers. To avoid further misleading the culture, I decided to start offering the Consulting Work for Sashiko Project.

The lack of information regarding Sashiko (and other Japanese culture) is caused by many factors. One of my favorite saying is, “Westerns (Developed Cultures) Ignorance, and Japanese’s Laziness”. It is true that Japanese people neglected to explain their Cultural Significance for many decades. For Sashiko, as I am somewhat proficient in both Japanese & English, I will try my best to get out of the “Laziness” of explaining the cultural part of Sashiko.

Service of Consulting Work for Sashiko Project

The Service itself is quite specific as all I can offer is the consultation from the perspective as a Sashiko Artisan. However, because of this speciality, I believe the consulting Work for Sashiko Project will be very valuable.

What I can offer is:

  • Providing the Voice(s) from Japanese Sashiko Artisan(s). I have a group of Sashiko Artisans stitching actively together. It won’t be just my own personal imagination.
  • Translation with adding as many “annotation” from Cultural Perspective. As my translation itself isn’t so professional level, it would be very efficient to combine a translator & me as a contents proof reader like below.
  • Proof Reading to check if the writing is Culturally Inappropriate.
  • Advise to Apply Sashiko Philosophy to your Project
  • Advise to Publication, Articles, Films, and any other materials toward the general public

Potential Clientele I am hoping to work with

It is my pleasure to work with anyone & any organizations who are interested in what I would say. That being said, the Clienteles that I am imagining to work with are following:

  • An Organization which try to apply Sashiko’s Philosophy to their project
  • A Media potentially writing/filming about Sashiko Stitching & related philosophy
  • An Author/Publisher who are planning to write an article/book about Sashiko
  • Any Organization/Individuals who consider using the word “Sashiko” for commertial purpose without anyone Japanese in the process.

How much does it cost?

At this point, I do not know how much I “should” charge for the Consulting Work. In fact, it depends on the type of request. If you interested in having me, please reach out to me from the contact form below.

*To make it sustainable & considering that I would work with organizers/companies, please expect $100.00 hour rate or so. It will, of course, change on based on the request. I am setting the line to avoid the unfortunate misunderstanding. I will not reply to the request without this base understanding.

Sample Consulting Work for Sashiko Project

I haven’t announced this Consulting Service in the past. However, several organizations & publishers were very considerate on their projects. They invited me to their project & ask for the voice to make the project & writing more Culturally aligned to the history.

Here are several sample works I have worked with.

2023 – Longwood Garden, Illumination with Sashiko’s Philosophy


2022 – Voice for the Video

2021 – Longwood Garden, Illumination with Sashiko’s Philosophy


Personal Work for your own leisure

You may be wondering if you would need Consulting Service to your own personal Sashiko Work. As much as I would love to offer my feedback to your Sashiko, I do not think it is necessary to have me as your consultant. Instead, please consider joining to my teaching opportunities from below. If you want to see how my teaching is like, please start with Domestika Course. Then, when you wish to learn Sashiko more seriously, please consider taking the [Core & Essence] Class (Online or In-Person)

It would be very much appreciated if you could support me on Patreon Platform where I continue sharing the Sashiko Story. With the monthly support of as less as $5.00, I am happy to offer my advise on your Sashiko Project when it is done for your own leisure.

*Please consider hiring me if your Sashiko is for commertial purpose like mentioned above as “Potential Clientele I am hoping to work with”.

Please involve Japanese who knows what they are talking about

When I see a group of people are discussing on a topic “What is Sashiko/Boro” without anyone who aren’t really a part of Japanese culture, I feel very strange. They define what Sashiko/Boro is without even asking/talking to the Japanese people.

It is okay when the discussion is done as a part of hobby or leisure, I guess. However, when it is done as a part of Cultural Contents of the Company or Media, I believe it is important to have someone who knows what they are talking about. Even more seriously, when it is in a “teaching Setting” such as Workshop or Class, as the students/participants will naturally believe what the teachers say, the contents need to be throughly examined to avoid the misunderstanding.

Unfortunately, this offer may be too late as I see quite many misunderstanding & teaching with misleading information. However, it doesn’t mean that I can give up my own cultural practice. I hope that this service will help them to realize it is more than what is introduced in English. The Sashiko introduced in English is very simplified, yet romanticized, for the entertaiment & profit purpuse.

July 08, 2024 at 08:01AM

I am glad Sashiko Stories here resonate with some of you. It means a lot as I consider the Stories “Ordinary” – and finding others going through a similar experience encourages me to continue sharing. My Story can be “Your” Story. I am speaking up because “someone foreign” is rewriting “Our” Story.

Currently, Sashiko is full of “Bright Light”. Mindfulness, Zen, Happiness… with many “positive” interpretations, I feel like Sashiko is on the stage with so much “spotlight”. It is good to be spotlighted for the performance, but when we focus on the ordinary, when we need Natural Light, these Bright Lights cannot find the True Light. In order to find the Natural Light from outside somehow, it may be a good idea to keep the room dark for a while. This analogy may not make sense… At least, however, when I found the light of “Sashiko”, I was in the complete dark. Therefore, I experience the allergic reaction when they romanticize Sashiko more than necessary. It is “they” who decided to spotlight Sashiko. It will be lit for a while – but when they found something else to make money, what would happen…?

The society we live in now (including SNS) do not accept negativity. Even if it is out of honesty or truth, negativity will be blocked & ignored. We prioritize positivity over reality. However, we have to know that the Light doesn’t exist when no Dark exists. There is always another story on the other side. I appreciate you listening to our Story where “Sashiko” is so positive & cheering. It’s not all about it, and those who “sell” Sashiko with superficial positively are not those from the Original Culture.




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July 06, 2024 at 09:52AM

I am a mere Sashiko artisan. I have been living with Sashiko that some find so trivial. I am not a fashion designer with sparking skills & inspiration. I have been just stitching Sashiko, which some think is so easy to master and teach others. I don’t consider myself as an Artist who can actively communicate to the world. I am a mere stitcher who hold a needle every day with the same form (Kata), which some think it can be ignored in Sashiko.

In my youth, I wanted to be “someone (special)”. After all, I am facing myself in stitching time as just a mere Sashiko artisan. In the definition of “someone” that I longed for, I am Nobody. I became one of the Sashiko Artisans I didn’t want to be.

Well. After all, I am very proud of it. Only thing I can do is to hold the needle everyday, and occasionally teach the Sashiko we practice. I am nowhere close to someone unknown/undefined whom I admire with no idea who they are. Instead, I know what I am doing & what I can. There are a number of mere Sashiko artisans like me who spent decades of years in one simple form of stitching. As it is simple, it can be copied & imitated easily on the surface level. I encourage “you” to copy & enjoy what we do as Sashiko. However, it doesn’t mean that the degree of its practice/culture is shallow.

I am not someone whom I wished to be, who may impact the world. Instead, I accepted myself with ideas of what I can & should do. It is to keep sharing the “degree” of Sashiko that many Japanese people ahead of me cultivated. Sashiko should change its form – but change should include the past. The change ignoring the past isn’t really the change, is it?



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July 05, 2024 at 12:38PM

We usually choose what we wear. Interestingly, though, in my life of adding many Sashiko & living with Sashiko, I sometimes encounter the case that “Clothes/Garment” choose whom they would be worn. This is one of the shirts that I now hesitate to wear on ordinary days. It can mean that this has become something “extraordinary”, and for that, I may convince myself to consider it as “Art”.

Many misunderstand about Sashiko that the completion of Stitching is the end of Sashiko. In truth, especially in the context of how Sashiko was originated, the Completion of Stitching is another beginning of its cloth. At some point, the cloth would need to go through another stitching – which can be another opportunity to have Sashiko, and then welcome another beginning of its cycle. That’s the sustainability we can be proud of throughout Sashiko – and for that, the Supply We daily use (such as threads) are extremely important.

When the goal of Sashiko is “How it Looks”, yes, one can use any thread. If their goal is to display it behind the glass to be the Art, the color & thickness of threads would be the main criteria. That is one form of Sashiko – but it is missing something very core & essential part of Sashiko.

Why Do You Stitch? Why Do You Call it Sashiko? We all have the reasons for these questions, and all I want is to spread the importance of “acknowledging the upstream”. Sashiko can be the Art, yet defining Sashiko as Art without acknowledging the stories can ruin another side of Culture. You are here to learn – so that’s all I ask. My mission is to think how I deliver this message to those who wish to NOT be with what I say.




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