September 08, 2023 at 07:26PM

As much as I output our Sashiko Story, I try my best to “input” the information on “Sashiko”. I offer Live Streamings where I can learn from the comments. I follow SNS groups to learn their own understanding (belief) of Sashiko. I read books, take classes, and watch videos about Sashiko in both languages. The conclusion is my statement: Sashiko introduced in English is not wrong, but insufficient. Core & Essence in Sashiko is missing.

The more I input the current information, unfortunately, the more devastated I feel. “They” think they know Sashiko enough to tell others what is “right” or “wrong”. Others encourage/discourage others based on a piece of history they can get as a translation of someone’s interpretation – yet “they” ignore the “voice” from Japanese. “They” only want to learn what they want to learn – in this way, what culture can be preserved?

To be honest, I don’t know what to do. “Suggesting” each discussion is meaningless due to the reasons above (I have tried enough). You are here as you may want to hear the actual voices from Japanese – and thanks to you, the account is growing – yet I am still a small stone in this big trend. It is tiring, painful, and degrading. My identity is deeply rooted into Sashiko – and the word “Sashiko” is changing its form by strangers’ hands.

I hope I can elaborate some of my feeling in tomorrow’s Talk.




#Sashiko #刺し子


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