We are aware of the importance of the natural immunity of our body since the pandemic. My parents didn't allow me to skip a breakfast no matter how much I overslept. Without having a breakfast, I could not go to school. I grew up with such lifestyle habit that having a proper breakfast has become absolutely essential for me and the family, and fortunately even here in Singapore this daily habit still exists today.
Spring (April) is the season when new fiscal and school year starts in Japan. Sakura cherry blossom start blooming in this season (end March to early April depending on the year). When people celebrate for a huge departure and a fresh start, Sakura cherry blossom have always been there watching over us warmly. That's the one of the reasons why Sakura is very special for us Japanese in that sense. We'd like to introduce our new items that is perfect for spring!
One simple question from the customer made me wonder and provided an opportunity to write this post.
It was when they were browsing a set of chopsticks and then asked me,
"Why these 2 chopsticks of the set are different length?".
I felt hit by this and was shocked that I had been handling these items without introducing the culture unique to Japan until then.
Spending a little bit of effort and time on your pieces make each one precious and your own. Also I found these work would fairly soothe me in many ways. Reapplying Urushi lacquer is the similar process like Kintsugi, as repeating a little of work at a time for days and weeks, it is very exciting to see pieces changing every time including waiting. This is such pleasure to nurture your items with your own hands.
The impressive aspect in Kintsugi is the moment when unique value is born out of the broken piece. This unique value features beauty in imperfection revived by relying to the power of nature. It shows us the importance of accepting everything that comes their way as well as the value of nature. This is something that I could not understand nor realize when I was younger. I believed perfection and new things are the ideal world. But it actually is not.
What has supported me through this difficult time was "Sado", Japanese tea ceremony. During the lockdown, many things were shifted to online in various ways such as remote work, online learning, online exercise sessions etc...and I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to continue learning Japanese tea ceremony online in a different way. Not every tools and utensils are available at home, however, not to mention tea room.
Thus I have learnt the spirit of "Mitate".