December 31, 2022 at 09:46PM

One last post before welcoming 2023 here. I really appreciate all of you here reading & listening to our voice. Because of the topic I use & the way of my writing, some misunderstand my message. Some claim that they do not understand what I am saying. However, my message is quite simple – it is just written the way they are not familiar with (or not expecting). The Story here is Sashiko as my life – not to please anyone specific. The year will be new, but I will be the same in 2023.

In 2023, I will elaborate the phrase “Protect the Upstream”, as this can explain a lot of aspects in my message. Anyone can enjoy a waterplay in the river, yet it is important to understand where the river comes especially if they teach about what they do in the river to others. As all rivers have an upstream, all culture has upstream. There is no such a thing as “Right River” and “Wrong River”, yet each river has its character: and in many cases, the name explains the river’s characteristics and stores. Same as Sashiko. I want EVERYONE to enjoy Sashiko – not just they or you or I – everyone in the past, present and in the future. I sincerely hope that the stories here will be the assistance to preserve the Sashiko we have developed (not only ours, but many others Sashiko) in Japan. Happy New Year!!





日本の皆様、あけましておめでとうございます。日本時間の新年の瞬間は、世界各地の友達と話をしながら刺し子をして過ごしました。アメリカでの今年の年明けは、体調も気遣ってパーティもせずお客様も呼ばず家族だけで過ごして早めに寝ることにします。

毎年のように抱負として「日本語でもしっかり刺し子を紹介していく!」と言葉にしているのですが、いざ書き出すと「こんなこと書かなくても伝わるよなぁ」と逃げの姿勢になってしまい、結局頻繁に残せてはいません。今年こそは…と思いつつ、また英語中心になってしまうかもしれないと思いつつ、できるだけ多くの日本の刺し子好きな方とご縁を頂けたらと思っています。一番大切なのは今この瞬間にご縁を頂いている方々(ここにいる方々)なので、皆様と一緒の時間を丁寧に大切にしつつ、少しずつ広げていけたらな…と。いつも「おばあちゃん針山」をみて思うのです。まだまだ時間はあるねと。そして思うのです。時間があるからこそ、明日でいなくなっても良いように日々頑張ろうって。相変わらずです。本年もどうぞ宜しくお願いいたします。

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