May 02, 2021 at 10:50AM

I hope it is not too much to ask, “Keep learning” when we are interested in something foreign to us regardless of where we are from. I said Sashiko is “primitive”, but (therefore), it isn’t shallow at all. One “defining” what Sashiko is without understanding the language & culture, and telling oneself (others) to “look no further”. Their interpretation becomes the cultural filtration. I feel disgusted when one makes “profit” out of this Simplification, Filtration, and then C/A. Here, I can only talk about Sashiko. However, it happens in many forms in many cultures. I even feel pity for those because they will lose “trust” when the depth is introduced.  n this Internet society where mindful people can reach to the origin, the “fake” will be eventually uncovered. 

Sashiko is relaxing,  is slow stitching. Sashiko is beautiful,  fun, it is (visible/invisible) mending. Sashiko may be a solution of sustainable fashion… all are true statements. However, when one doesn’t understand the Japanese (language & culture), & when they learn it from non-Japanese, these statements can be a result of simplification. Therefore, I say, “they are not wrong but insufficient”. No one needs to “master” the language to enjoy Sashiko. All I am asking is to “keep learning” – by listening to the voice from the people of the culture. Is it too much to ask? Instead of being “satisfied” with a simple & easy definition done by someone for their convenience, I want them to enjoy “the Sashiko” to enrich their practice & learning.

毎日のように投稿を続ける中で、できるだけ「軸がブレないように」心を配っています。「俺、矛盾してない?」と配信で問いかけてしまうのも、本人がブレていないつもりでも、客観的にみて矛盾が感じられる場合があるからです。それは伝え方や言葉の使い方の問題なので

早期発見ができれば軸そのものはブレずにすみます。

軸をブラさないようにすると、周囲の変化も敏感に捉えることができます。ここ数ヶ月、「話を真面目に聞いてくれる人」が、影響力がある人の中にも増えてきたように思います。ま、メディアが中心なのですが、昔は「それは淳の意見だよね?」と切り捨てられてしまうような話にも、もう一歩踏み込んで、「なぜ淳はそう感じるのか?」という所まで聞いて下さる様になりました。語る機会を頂ければ全体像をお話することはできるので、一層わかって頂ける(それをどう記事にするのかは皆目検討付かないけど)。そうやって少しずつですが、地面に水を吸い込ませるように伝えていくんだなぁと実感しています。無駄に感じることもあった2年ですが、毎日のように書いてきて良かった。って、まだ1割も形にしてないですけどね。

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #SlowStitching #SashikoMending #MeditativeStitching #CulturalAppropriation #刺し子


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