October 22, 2021 at 11:17AM

People live today as if tomorrow will come no matter what, and I believe they should. However, because of my unique experience, I don’t share the same “ordinary”. I live as if tomorrow will not come, and I feel a lot natural with that. It isn’t a matter of good or bad, but I just want to leave a note that Sashiko was a stitching practice for those Japanese who lived in harsh conditions with limited resources, which they weren’t sure about their tomorrow.

Neither they nor I give up living. It is merely a different angle of how to view our lives. Since “the end” is so nearby, they prayed. Animism, believing in spirits, and praying for something more than what we are is part of the significance of Sashiko Stitching. Sashiko is a form of stitching and in a bigger picture, it may be a form of praying, at least for me, and for them. I hope this explains how shallow (or even insulting) someone’s “freedom” in Sashiko can be. I am NOT judging anyone’s choice. I am just asking them to learn more so that their choice will not offend anyone. Who do you have in your mind when you stitch? My Sashiko is not about “how accurate” the stitch is, it is more like “whom” I can stitch & pray for. 


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