February 11, 2022 at 03:20PM

If one is willing to learn Sashiko, there are a LOT of materials on my platforms (Youtube & Website) for learning Sashiko. If one is expecting a simplified filtered answer for Sashiko, then what I share is “too much”. I do not plan to change what I do to offer instant gratification for profit. Instead, I am willing to share the whole picture of Sashiko: That’s my identity.

I offer a lot of learning materials for free on Youtube & websites. Of course, I do not offer “everything” there. One reason is because I need to make ends meet somehow. However, there is another criteria I deeply consider if I should offer the learning materials for free or not. It is: “Do I contribute to maintaining or destroying Cultural Sustainability?”.

“Cheap” is good. “Free” is even better. On the Internet, like many big businesses, “Offering free (first) to get the market” is a good strategy. Some say “no publicity is bad publicity”. If my goal is just money, I should follow how the successful big business does. However, what I care about is “how this culture can be sustainable”. I always spend big time considering the boundaries of sharing it for free, and keeping them for those who come to us to learn. Interestingly, the “Core” is okay to share for free, yet other small elements to be part of the whole picture often affect the cultural sustainability. In short, if someone in the culture gets a “negative outcome” by me sharing something for free, I shouldn’t. I cannot pass down Sashiko by myself. I need to, and would like to, do so with many other Japanese people. What I do is very slow since I take careful steps. However, I am getting confident that this is “the” way I can appreciate what I have received. Please keep learning from our platform. You will find your own answer one day.





「(情報は)無料(で手に入る)」ことが当たり前になった世の中です。僕自身Youtube等で刺し子の情報を出しているので、基本無料で刺し子を見て学ぶことはできます。ただ、全てが無料で良いとは思っていません。なので、毎回動画を作る際は、企画の段階で相当に考えを深めます。基準は、「無料で出すことによって痛みを伴う人が、その文化圏の中にいるかどうか」ということです。想像力を働かせた結果動画を準備はしたけれど……というケースもあります。「持続可能な文化」とは、ある意味で経済が回る文化であるべきで、無料の情報だけだとどうしても偏ってしまう。というか人がいなくなってしまう可能性がある。人がいないと文化形成は難しいので、上手にバランスを考えないとな……と。まだまだ頑張ります。

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #刺し子 #日本人の刺し子


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