October 16, 2021 at 10:04AM

In 2+ years of sharing Sashiko stories, I learned the importance of “delivering the message”, which is repeating the same phrase over and over to “deliver” it. There are many methods to deliver the message. Ex). A big advertisement budget and customizing the messages toward “comfortableness (easy to listen)”. I do not plan to do either. No Paid Advertisement. I will be honest rather than “comfortable”. If I need to twist my message, then there is no meaning to what I do. Therefore I haven’t had any investors in my business. Therefore, I haven’t met a publisher who is happy to publish what I want to share. Therefore, your words to your family & friends are the best support I can think of. The more people listen to the actual voice, open up their mind, acknowledge the filtered comfort, the more I can support Sashiko both in JP/EN and many other languages. I may meet a publisher and patrons who carefully understand what I am doing. Please share my voice on Here, Youtube, and Sashiko Class (Feel free to translate to your language). Your caring voice will be the future of Sashiko.

Some say I am causing conflict in Sashiko. Well, all I am saying is “The Sashiko available in English is insufficient (not wrong)”. I do not want to make an enemy, or attack anyone specifically. I am just saying, the Sashiko without learning the Japanese (culture & language) can be NOT enough. If they think my voice is creating conflict & confusion, then it is their personal issue that my voice is inconvenient to them. I want “everyone” to enjoy Sashiko regardless of who they are: therefore, I need your help to spread the words. The Sashiko you can read/watch in English is NOT wrong but limited (filtered/insufficient). I am here to share the story & deliver the message.

刺し子。「大変な仕事(しなければいけない針仕事)」で「貧しさの象徴」だった史実があります。今、貧しくて仕方なくて刺し子をしなければいけない……という人は、そんなにいらっしゃらないと想像します(いらっしゃったらご紹介ください)。刺し子は手芸となり、選択肢の一つとなりました。素晴らしい文化の発展です。ただ、史実はしっかり伝えたいのです。まだ実際に貧しさの中で刺し子をした人が存命する今だからこそ。

日本国内では心配していません。僕じゃなくてもいい。伝えることができる諸先輩は沢山いらっしゃいます。英語圏では僕が今我武者羅にならないと大変な事になりかねないと思い、情報発信をしています。杞憂に終われば(何にもならないけれど)それで良し……という覚悟すら持って。

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #刺し子


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