MY FASCINATION WITH JAPAN
When I was a young girl, I always said and imagined that when I would be older, I would move to Japan and live there and become a teacher. Probably my parents were quite amused by hearing this, it was like other kids saying "I want to be a police office, vet, nurse etc.".
Now - being 51 years old - don't ask me why I said and thought that, but I was quite convinced that that was the direction I would go. To be honest, based on nothing. But it was a red line in my life.
Then for a long time I completely forgot about it and my working career started at a Notary office, wholesale companies a bank and an agency for sports promotion.
Till one day, I started working for Yamaha Racing Team and to be more detailed, for the group of Japanese Engineers from Yamaha, who were based in Iwata - Japan.
And one day my mother said " do you realise that you are doing what you were saying for years, you work for Japanese people, visit Japan every year, got to know a lot about the culture, visited Japanese colleagues their family at home etc.".
And the circle was round, my connection with Japan was there, without planning, without realising, without organising anything..............suddenly it was there.
ART, CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, VALUES
My fascination was with many things. I love how organised they are - well, maybe a bit over-organised sometimes - how sophisticated, civilised, polite and patient the Japanese people are, how they love systems, routines, rules, how the people have so much respect for each other. Yes, I love Japan and the life in Japan.
And then, I love weathered items, seawashed, broken, imperfect, incomplete items. So that is where I learned about Wabi Sabi and Kintsukuroi.
Wabi sABI - THE ART OF IMPERFECTION
This Japanese term means “a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.”
Does that not sound beautiful? To me yes.
And also it looks beautiful. If you look at the photos in this blog, you can get an idea.
When my partner Alejandro wanted to buy me a black pearl in Kauai - Hawaii ( one of my dreams was to have a black pearl) I choose the imperfect shape one with stains and damage. To others, not the the most beautiful one, to me the BEST one. As this one was unique, one of a kind and had beauty because of being imperfect. All the perfect round pearls look the same. Have no character. This is my opinion and I respect everybody else his opinion, but to me "a beautiful thing is never perfect".
KINTSUKUROI - A PIECE IS MORE BEAUTIFUL FOR HAVING BEEN BROKEN
Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
And another definition: "to repair with gold", the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver laquer and understanding that a piece is more beautiful for having been broken.
How I love all these ideas which the Japanese people value and treasure in their culture.
I still have no idea why I got this invisible or red line connection with Japan, but I do know that it feels good. And about that red line connection, I could write another story.
The legend of the red string of Japan.
One more reason to love that country, their culture, legends and stories.
My name is Anneke AND I STARTED in January