September 25, 2021 at 08:57PM

As I share Sashiko Stories, I love stories (I have been a big bookworm). For me, “reading” is a secretive dialogue to a book & author. In reading, we imagine scenes that the author also may have visualized. When lucky, we can even smell, taste, hear, and actually see “it” in reading. Is it too eccentric? That’s what our brain (imagination) can do. All I am asking in this account is to have the imagination (care, respect, and mindfulness) to the people, culture, and the “ordinary” behind the word, “Sashiko”.

I believe in the power of stories. At the same time, I know the limitations of stories. As Zen greatly influenced Japanese culture, its teaching of “不立文字 – Fukyumonnji” is important to understand the whole. It is a teaching that, on top of teaching in words (both vocal and writing), it is essential to “practice” it to reach an understanding. In short, “reading” isn’t enough to fully understand the practice. Therefore, I decided to teach Sashiko. Unfortunately, the teaching based on “how precise you can make Sashiko stitching” or “How to be creative by following steps in Sashiko” will not bring to the core of Sashiko. No one measures each “stride length” when they run. They simply put the legs in front of them one by one. Of course, a good teacher is necessary when they want to improve their running. It is normal to run, but in Western culture, this doesn’t apply to Sashiko. Once we focus on “the ordinary”, the result of stitching will be similar, yet very unique. That’s one of the beauties of Sashiko I enjoy. 



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