January 11, 2024 at 07:43AM

As I accumulate days & years, I learn the importance of understanding (or even accepting) one’s role. Am I a dancer on the stage? Or a Bassist in the Orchestra? Am I on the side of “Playing”, “Preparing” or “Watching”? This role – where they stand – changes based on the situation & condition. One has to express themselves if they want to be on the stage. It may require some practice – wishing to be on the stage while glaring the performers with envy won’t do much. Regardless, we need to take action, and then the actions will bring us results. Therefore, what I have today is the result of what I have done. I am responsible for the life I have… – I thought life would be like that. However, I no longer blame anyone (including myself) for where they stand & what they (don’t) have.

The analogy on “stage” is based on the assumption everyone has access to the theater. Yes, it may be a choice if one appreciates the performance periodically. How about if one has never seen the performance? Vise versa, if one despises the performance because they were “forced” to be there? It is different from the “privilege” each one has. Privilege itself isn’t a matter of good or bad – it is just what we have. One may be jealous, but another may find it a curse. It depends on where we stand. Therefore, I do not offer you the answer in Sashiko so easily. I do not want to judge the other Japanese based on what I have & don’t have.

Yet, I feel the responsibility to share what Sashiko is in English. One result is “Live Streaming” where I can share Sashiko with no editing & modifying. What you get from the Live Streaming as your “impression” is a good way to start understanding/learning Sashiko. I decided to share the “practice” of performance to anyone so that they can find their own role to be with less judgment & restriction.





もう木曜日!配信の週末が近づいてきて、こうやってあっという間に2024年も過ぎていくのだろうなと。毎日を大切にしよう…なんて当たり前の感想が浮かびます。今週末は超久々にNYCでワークショップです。頑張って写真撮ります(今回はオーナーさんが写真撮ってくれるかも)。運針会の開催も検討できていて、来週は少し宣伝の投稿が増えるかもしれません。運針会、これまで沢山の方に受講頂いていて、一生モノの技術が身についたというお声まで頂いております。運針会前が思い出せないとも(笑)よくよく考えると手品のような話ですが、そんなに難しくないのです。是非刺し子の引き出しを一つ増やして頂けたら幸いです。

#Sashiko #刺し子


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