February 03, 2022 at 05:54AM

Almost 5 years ago, when I received the first request to offer the Sashiko Workshop, I had no idea what I could teach. Ever since, “teaching” became the main focus of my challenges. As I always say, teaching comes with big responsibility – because students there need to somewhat trust what the teachers say. No need to agree with everything, but the learning becomes agonizing when a student keeps wondering in their mind. I believe all teaching has to come with stories behind it. We call it logic or reasoning. I wouldn’t like a teacher saying “Just because” or “Just memorize it”.

The goal of my teaching is to, of course, pass down the Sashiko we have been practicing. I will share how I stitch after the brief explanation of our Sashiko. A majority of students have happy & worrisome faces when they see me stitching: expectation of possibility and fear of failure. My role is to take all the fear away, and leave them with more expectation for their future Sashiko. I know what I teach now after sharing this with 500+ people. I like the significant change at the end of the workshop: from “Oh, I cannot because ____” to “Well, it isn’t so difficult (Atsushi’s stitching seems to be easy)”. I can make it happen in both Online & In-Person. Sashiko isn’t just about technique – when we share some philosophical understanding of Sashiko, then one can acquire the life-time stitching technique. I appreciate the great opportunity of 3-Day’s Workshop in beautiful place at Aya Fiber Studio with beautiful people.

一つ決めました。ごめんなさい。もう「ワークショップの写真を撮るの頑張ります」って言わないようにします。3日間。21時間もの時間があったのに、自分のスマホに残ってる写真がございません(笑)受講下さった方に写真をお願いしていますが、もう多分、ワークショップのスイッチが入るとどうにもならないんだろうと思います。21時間も何をワークショップでするんだ?と困惑しながら引き受けた大役ですが、写真を撮る暇がないくらいに楽しんで頂けたらとようで肩の荷が降りています。お約束していた「お散歩配信」、朝の時間に余裕がないので、もしかしたらできないかもしれないです。申し訳ない。もしできそうだったらインスタで軽くフロリダの朝をお届けできればと思っています。金曜夜の配信は変わらず行う予定です!(まだリンクは作ってないけど)。

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