June 02, 2022 at 08:36PM

Sashiko Live Streaming on Youtube (SashikoStory Channel) at 9 pm EST on (almost) every Thursday.

In Cultural Contents, the language is important. In fact, the language consists of a great part of the Culture. In order to deliver the message, I am learning English. In order to understand Sashiko more, I am also learning my own language – Japanese. The Japanese language is extremely unique – and therefore, Sashiko can be unique, too. (Stitching itself isn’t unique).

My name is “Atsushi”. In Kanji, it is “淳”. The Kanji has 2 ways to read – On & Kun. For this character, for On, it is “Jun”. For Kun, it is “Atsu-i” and “Sunao”. When it comes to a person’s name – It can be, [Aki, Atsu, “Atsushi”, Kiyo, Kiyoshi, Suna, Sunao, Tadashi, Toshi, Nu, Makoto, Yosi)… and each character has meaning. For my name, it is “Caring” and/or “Simple”. Well… you judge if my parents succeeded or not, lol.

[“Sashiko – 刺し子” means little stubs] is well-known “definition” in Sashiko today. It isn’t wrong, but it cuts many layers of interpretation above. Another reason I say “Sashiko introduced in English is NOT wrong, but insufficient”. Of course, there are English words that we cannot translate well to Japanese. That’s how “different” and “difficult” it is to have cross-cultural understanding. Please keep learning instead of justifying the Instant Gratification by saying “Inspired” or “–Style”. No need to “master” Japanese to understand Sashiko. That’s what I am doing here. If they do not have time to learn Japanese, then I want them to read my stories before they “teach” Sashiko. Otherwise, it will be a dangerous action to filter (suppress) the culture.





言葉って難しいなぁと思うのです。長年の付き合いがある関係性ならまだしも、このインターネット上で関係性すら完結するような社会では、「想像力」が何よりも大切になってきます。日本語という言語は、その想像力がないとコミュニティが成り立たないようにできているように思うのです。正解や正義を導く論理的な言語というよりは、感性を大切にする言語のように思うのです。どちらが良いとか悪いとかじゃなく、「違い」です。英語に翻訳しきれない日本語があるように、日本語に翻訳しきれない英語もあります。だから物語と想像力が大切なんですよね。今日の配信もこんな感じで面倒臭い感じで進めます。是非遊びにきてください!

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