June 19, 2021 at 05:14PM

I appreciate all of your supportive comments. I do acknowledge there is a (silent) audience in front of me, and without you (them), I would have stopped sharing stories so long ago. I know you are there – therefore, I am here. However, unfortunately, the pain cannot be determined by the majority decision. I understand that I need to ignore the “ignorance” to keep my sanity – yet, my message is to care (not ignore)… so I still cannot give up on who we really are no matter how badly I get hurt. Is it too idealistic to believe that, one day, “they” will try to learn from the origin rather than someone who gives them a quick answer?

My message is simple. “Please learn what Sashiko is instead of cherry-picking the adjusted Sashiko filtered by non-Japanese (experts).” I am NOT denying them. I am just saying what they teach is not enough to describe the whole picture. In this big trend of Sashiko, this simple message of mine can make a lot of enemies. My friends were right – it is too late to share what Sashiko is “without pain”. 

I know you are there, and I am very grateful for that. However, again unfortunately, my pain continues until this trend ends and “superficial Sashiko experts” move onto something else. I am here with dignity as a Japanese – Sashiko is more than their trend. I may be a Samurai serving Sashiko… (another reason I suffered in Sashiko, but a different story). Even one person can bring pain, but I will keep speaking up as long as there is one person who wishes to listen.

振り返ると、このアカウント、日本語だけだと刺し子のアカウントじゃないなぁ……と思うのです(笑)とはいえ、今から気楽な刺し子紹介のアカウントにするつもりもなく。とはいえ、日本の皆様には気楽に刺し子を楽しんで頂きたく(元々はそこからスタートしてるので)。どうしたら良いか少し考えます。ここまで自分を曝け出すとなると、「淳という人間」を理解して頂きたいという気持ちも出てくるので、刺し子とは関係あるけれど少し距離を置いた所を文章にするようにします。長くなるのでNoteで(https://note.com/atsushijp)。刺し子を楽しむだけのアカウントかぁ……。

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #刺し子


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