February 01, 2024 at 04:21PM

In-Person Workshops, and “Live Session” from Online Sashiko Class (C/E) are very important opportunities as I can share what Sashiko really is to me. Sashiko introduced in English is simplified, and more and more “Romanticized” as I come across. I wonder how many “Sashiko Professionals” (here let’s say professionals are those who make “money” by using the word Sashiko like teaching, publishing, and selling supplies/products) actually have talked to the Japanese Sashiko Artisans in Japan. Not only like someone who doesn’t mind sharing their story about Sashiko (like me here) – but those who have been stitching for decades or even more than half centuries yet are not sharing any stories.

In Capitalism, I understand that the culture & words are also a subject to be used & commercialized. The goal is to maximize the ROI (of Time & Capital). Therefore, making Culture & Words “Fancy” and Romanticizing them from what they actually are is a good strategy. I share my Sashiko Stories, and there are simplified & Romanticized Sashiko Stories on the other side of the realm. I mostly enjoy the other stories… but sometimes, I feel their stories consume “something” too much. I don’t know how I can describe “Something” – but it kind of hurts when I face them. Sashiko isn’t always full of beautiful stories. Sashiko isn’t a Fantasy to me – it is more like a non-fiction documentary… although What I find is more like Fiction based on what is comfortable for us who live in Today’s Value System.

I do not want Sashiko to be just a Fantasy. Sashiko isn’t in the past yet. Therefore, I share stories in Workshops & Live Sessions. In addition, I have “Live Streaming” on Every Thursday at 9 pm EST where I share the on-going Documentary of what Sashiko is for us. Please do not get “high” by just Romanized Fantasies-



刺し子の人気は英語圏でどんどんと高まっていて、様々な形で「刺し子」が使われるようになりそうです。商品名やワークショップの題材としてだけではなく、ブランド名。物語。「刺し子」という言葉の一人歩きが本格的に始まる気がしています。

人気が高まるにつれ、「刺し子を使ってプロを名乗る人」もどんどん増えていくのですが、彼ら彼女らのどれだけが、実際に日本で刺し子をし続けている人から話を聞いたことがあるか疑問に思います。もしかしたら、一人からも刺し子への想いを受け取らずに、都合のいい解釈で言葉にしたり教えにしたりしているのかもしれません。その場合は想いすらも「消費された」ことになり、本当に悲しいことです。だからこそ、今刺し子をしている私達が想いを言葉にする必要があるのです。

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