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“I Don’t Know” Is the Answer.
This is a tricky one. Using "I don't know" as an answer may be a safe choice for some, a way to avoid mistakes or even a self-preservative tactic. For me, it is a very proactive way to face my ego. After spending some time in the temple, I learned a thing or two about...
Cracks and Bumps Are All There to Be Cherished.
They Are The Traces of Trees' Life. "It’s intimidatingly yellow," Te.Te.Ro says. “This is mulberry. When you fell the tree, the freshly-cut surface is vivid yellow. Almost like the traffic light kind of yellow. So yellow that it’s almost intimidating.” The way he...
Offering Light to Others
Portraying The Mingei Life Stories #3 Senro Sato didn’t understand the share retailers took. More like, yes of course he did understand the concept of it, but he didn’t want to go with it. He paid for the materials, such as wood, urushi sap, charcoal and washi...
The Job She Hated the Most…?
Portraying Mingei Stories #2 It was “pricing.”  As I now write this story, I see and interpret the process of pricing as “claiming self-value.” How many of us are good at it? Textile industry itself is one holistic ecosystem. Start from growing mulberry trees,...
Life Is a Losing Game
“Can I just say something?”  One day I just had to go up to Oshosama, the abbot of the temple, to tell him that. That day, I was helping some people all day inside the temple which I thought I was doing as a favour. But none of them shared any resemblance of...
“I Don’t Know” Is the Answer.

“I Don’t Know” Is the Answer.

This is a tricky one. Using “I don’t know” as an answer may be a safe choice for some, a way to avoid mistakes or even a self-preservative tactic.

For me, it is a very proactive way to face my ego.

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Offering Light to Others

Offering Light to Others

The mingei movement pioneered a new frontier of perspective on beauty. By doing so, it offered hope for those who have not been seen in the light before.

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Life Is a Losing Game

Life Is a Losing Game

Life is a losing game, if you count the number. However, knowing the “one” rewards all the losses in the past, life may be more than what you can count.

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Portraying The Mingei Life Stories

Portraying The Mingei Life Stories

Defining Mingei …? #1 #Mingei ... the Japanese Folk Crafts Movement from 100 years ago. It encouraged artisans to pride in their craft; it taught people to cherish what they already have. The philosophy very much relevant and refreshing today. Among all the...

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Introducing the Concept on the Other Side Of Wabi-Sabi

Introducing the Concept on the Other Side Of Wabi-Sabi

Tips for Grounding and Growing Thick Bones It doesn’t take tea or Zen master to showcase a seamless flow of sophisticated movements. I’ve seen it in almost all of the craftsmen I’ve met, in the way they use their hands and bodies at work.  These movements are...

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A Little Prayer Sewn In

A Little Prayer Sewn In

The act of sewing is, or used to be, universal. It was a way to make most of the resources we had a limited access to. 

As most of us are now able to purchase clean, new clothes cheaply, the act of mending and stitching doesn’t seem to make sense at least in terms of efficiency.

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