January 06, 2024 at 06:22PM

From time to time, I receive positive feedback about my sense of humor. I am merely a Sashiko Artisan… so I don’t have a list of jokes… yet, for me, humor is one of the most important elements of “survival”. In 2011, I learned that we can have hopes, even in desperate conditions, by having laughter & warm foods. Laughing is my “core belief (Shinnen)”, and I make a rule to myself to make my family laugh at least once a day (as a goal).

[The Office] is my English Textbook, and I respect comedians. If I had another life, it may be my dream to be on stage. While respecting the culture of Comedy, I try not to pursue the humor causing hurt/pain. My dream is humor without hurting anyone… I know it is idealistic yet I believe it isn’t impossible. [The Goes Wrong Show] on BBC is the recent hit for us in terms of this kind of humor.

A Japanese comedy “Rakugo” as “Story-Telling” is another style of humor without hurting someone much. Rakugo requires “Ochi”… which can be translated as “punch-line” yet not the same in my understanding.

The more I share Sashiko, the stronger I feel the power of “Stories”. Unfortunately, when a culture is simplified, many stories will be ignored (not-acknowledged). The Sashiko introduced in English today focuses on “Artistic Perspective” too heavily, and as a result they do not carry the stories. Sashiko is more than just “Oh Beautiful” – and I hope that I can keep sharing “Sashiko Stories” with as much humor as possible. I consider my workshop as my “Stage” to perform to “teach everything I have” – so, yes, I may repeat the same joke here and there!!





人生の1/3程が「英語>日本語」の日々となりました。我ながら学生時代英語嫌いだったのが信じられませんが、同時に実はまだ英語への苦手意識はあるのです。できることなら日本語で完結したい。その日本語も怪しくはなってきておりますが(笑)。

英語で刺し子を教えるようになって6年。沢山の良いレビューを頂けているのですが、中には「淳の話が笑える!」という、刺し子じゃなくてお笑い要素を中心としたお声も頂くようになりました。実はとんでもなく嬉しいことで、「笑い」に尋常じゃない程のこだわりを持つ身としては嬉しくて仕方ないのです。今が幸せすぎて考えられないのですが、もう一度全く違う人生があるとしたら、お笑いの世界で生きてみたいなと思う程に。

「笑い」は人を救います。どれだけキツイ日々でも、99%が絶望でも、1%の中に「笑いと温かいご飯」があれば人はなんとか生きていける。もう聞き飽きたかもしれませんが、私の核にある信念です。なんとか「笑い」にも磨きをかけていきたいものです。

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