March 27, 2021 at 10:32AM

I often receive a heartwarming comment, “Thank you for your generosity”. Sure, it is my goal to share the Sashiko we practice. It is my pleasure. However… “sharing” was an extreme choice I had made in devastation. I am not (always) a good-positive person with an abundance mind to “share”. I am just desperate in protecting my own culture I grew up with from unnecessary changes.

I introduced a concept of “守破離 (Shuhari)” before. I guess this Japanese-like mindset of “learning” is just “too much work” for many people in expectation of getting instant gratification. Therefore, many teach foriegn culture before sufficient learning. I tried to be quiet before (because I thought it was the way to “protect” the culture). Now, over the Internet where anyone can say anything, I realize that “sharing” is the only way to protect the culture, even if it ends up with losing my possible profit. I am worried about the future. “Sharing” may crash the business I have today. However, I just can’t let ignorance change my own culture. One may say: “Sashiko is a form of stitching to make rice-grain size stitch on the line & stitches pre printed fabric. Whatever thread & needle is good. Just embrace the imperfection”. In this “often” used Sashiko description, only phrase I agree is that the “Sashiko is a form of stitching”.

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I am happy that you enjoy what I share. Am I a saint? No, I am just struggling to protect my own identity.

本日は第5回の運針会でした(通算19回目)!ん〜〜たっのしい。運針は難しいものではありません。「あっ、できるかも!」と、思ってもらえる瞬間を共有できるのが運針会です。刺し子をする手が、一人ひとり違うように、運針で躓いてしまう箇所も人それぞれです。実際に一緒に運針することで、その微調整が上手になってきたなぁと我ながら嬉しいのです。4時間。運針し続けてもらいました。それでも「楽しかった〜」と言って頂けるのは、本当に有り難いことだなと思っています。刺し子の運針会は、定期的な開催ではなく希望される方の希望日時に合わせて調整します。お一人ずつ丁寧に運針をお伝えしたいという僕の願いからです。ご希望の方は、プロフィールのリンクから運針会についてのブログを一読頂けますと幸いです。楽しかったー。

#Sashiko #Unshin #Shuhari #JapaneseSashiko #運針 #刺し子 #運針会


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