June 08, 2021 at 12:41PM

Our brain is amazing. You may know this interesting paragraph below:

“Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Hravrad Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.”

Our brain “fulfills” something missing by itself based on our “current knowledge”.You could understand the paragraph above, right? (I am sorry if I didn’t introduce this paragraph well. It was a long time ago and I wrote it from my memory. I believe this is not an official research, just a meme on the Internet).

So, when you read my story with a strange rhythm, you may assume what I write with your own comfortable rhythm – your brain fulfills it with what you think it should be written. There is nothing wrong with it. However, what if I “intentionally” write an imperfect story to share the culture you don’t know? 99% of angry comments I receive come from their “misunderstanding” of what I write. Yes, it is my responsibility to write a clear story. However, an easy clear story sometimes does not carry the essence. (Therefore, I write both & I ask you to be mindful).

Many people who understand my “challenge” advise me it is “impossible” to do. Yes, it is extremely difficult. However, in order to pass down Sashiko, it is inevitable. Not many are committed to both Sashiko & Language like I am. It is my job to introduce missing pieces. I am tired of those who think they are experts in Sashiko & Japanese.

脳とは面白いもので、「未知のもの」と遭遇すると、なんとか理解の範疇に収めようと想像するようで。このとんでもない能力、使い方を間違えると「再構築」となってしまいます。「知らないから知ってるものに置き換えちゃえ」と。それは自由なんかじゃない。

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #Boro #JapaneseBoro #刺し子 #襤褸


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