May 29, 2021 at 11:14AM

Teaching Sashiko in Western Culture always gives me an opportunity to learn how different we can be. It is the beauty of diversity, and let’s appreciate the difference. You know it by now. I do NOT intend to exclude non-Japanese from Sashiko. I want them/you to enjoy Sashiko. All I am asking is to “learn”. It isn’t always about “Right” or “Wrong”, “True” or “False”. This dualism is already a filtering system in Western Culture. If you think you know about Sashiko without the Japanese cultural/linguistic understanding, then please doubt what you know is enough. 

[Sashiko literally means “Little Stabs”.] is not a wrong statement. However, some well-educated Japanese wonder if it is satisfactory. I shared this concern a few years ago. I am still learning & researching. 

As a native Japanese who spends most of my life in Sashiko, I often wonder “Who is Sashiko for?”. Sashiko doesn’t exist for me, but my life may exist for Sashiko. Sashiko can be a remedy for social issues, but Sashiko isn’t a magic bullet for their temporary needs – with cutting & pasting a “part” of Sashiko. I am happy to share Sashiko for anyone – but Sashiko isn’t just for the Joy of people with privilege.

「刺し子はなぜ(”誰の / 何の”為に)存在するのか」。物心がついた頃からの長年の疑問です。幼少期からそれを考えていればそりゃ面倒くさい大人になりますよ(笑)でもね、考えざるを得なかったんです。「刺し子が長男としての未来だ」としてレールを敷かれ、そのレールが嫌で仕方なかったのだから。


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