July 17, 2021 at 05:17PM

The monetary System (Coins and Bills) visualized the measure of wealth. Liberalization (freedom society) pursues individualism and responsibility that one has to carry (to be wealthy). Capitalism rushes us to complete each other to be “free” and “wealth”. Once we drop out from the “system”, then it is extremely challenging to get back on the track. Well, we may call them being eliminated by natural selection. Well… at least, I used to think that “they didn’t do what they had to do – therefore, they are out of the competition” until I started re-learning what Sashiko is.

Some cultures exist(ed) outside of this running wheel. If I were to verbalize (extremely roughly) the fear, it is us (Sashiko) being forced to be running in the wheel. Don’t get me wrong. We have been running on the wheel as well. However, it was a wheel made by Japanese.

Sashiko is merely a form of hand-stitching. Anyone can do that with anything they have. However, the culture of Sashiko exists today on the sweat & hard work by many Japanese who have spent their lives trying to make this culture better (and more accessible). It is so ironic that we may lose some of them because it became a “trend” – in which I thought it would save them instead of pushing them out. Well. I have to admit. I was too late. However, it doesn’t mean there is nothing I can/should do.

貨幣制度が裕福の尺度を作り出し、社会の自由化が個人の責任を第一に追求するようになり、そして資本主義が「(個人が)頑張れば裕福になれる」と競争を急かす。文章で書くとなんだか現実味がありませんが、でも、現代社会は「努力ができること」が前提で成り立っています。もっと簡単に言うと、「自己責任論」。僕はこの言葉が嫌いです。

刺し子がこれだけ有名になると、これからの10年で様々な変化が訪れると思います。もう既に訪れているかもしれないし、今この瞬間かもしれない。刺し子に参入する人がいれば、それだけ刺し子から離れる人も出てきます。それは一般には「自然淘汰」と呼ばれるのかもしれませんが、僕は文化においては、「淘汰」に自然的なものはないと思っています。意図があり、だからこそ諦めがある。では僕は何ができるか。一人の刺し子好きとして声を出し続けるしかないと思うんですよね。

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #刺し子 #日本の刺し子


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