June 11, 2024 at 08:32PM

As much as I share my concerns about “Sashiko introduced in English”, I Never say (and feel) it is painful to see people enjoying Sashiko. I really do want them, and of course you, to enjoy it. What is the difference between those whom I encourage to enjoy Sashiko & whom I identify as issues? An analogy of “Tourism” may explain it better.

I consider anyone joining Sashiko recently as a “guest” of this practice. No need to be fluent in Japanese. No pressure to understand Japanese culture. The goal is for them to have a good time with Sashiko. One day, if they decide to “be localized”, then they would be able to speak basic Japanese as it is required along with experience of “Living” there. So, everyone is a “guest” first – then, some serious commitment is required to be “a part of” it.

Now, in Sashiko (and many other cultural practices), many people become experts without spending a good amount of time. Extreme analogy, it is like me visiting “your country” for a week, and at the end of the week I start saying that I am a professional tour guide to those who come from Japan. This “instant” tour guide can “guide” other guests & change their understanding of your country.

I believe the importance of drawing a clear line between “guest (visitor)” and “host (local)”. There are so many visitors defining what Sashiko is based on what other visitors have a biased opinion. In this analogy, wouldn’t you find the line between “Fun” and “Issue”?




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