Nostalgic stories and fun stories.
Today, I'd like to talk about my personal life, not about Washi accessories.
I am currently dismantling my parents' house to rebuild it. So they are sorting through the stuff. At that time, I found some toys that I used to play with when I was little in the attic, so I took them back to my studio to see if there were any rare items that I missed.
There are many plastic models of cars, mini 4WD, Gundam, etc., as well as menko and weapons. I also used to collect a lot of Bikkuriman stickers. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any Bikkuriman stickers. I probably had hundreds of stickers, from rare to ordinary, and I'm sure I could have sold them for a lot of money.
But still, they are all toys that look like men.
My daughter, on the other hand, has a lot of glitter, pink, and princess-type toys.
Is this just the nature of people?
Memory is also a mystery.
If I hadn't seen these toys, I would have forgotten about them or never even remembered them, but the moment I saw them, I was brought back to those days.
I miss it.
Even now, even as a child, I didn't like to be around other people. I remember playing at my own pace, or as I liked.
This doraemon is written on a large stone, but it seems that he found this stone in the nature when he went on a trip somewhere. I didn't know there was such a round stone.
What system is the brain?
I wonder if the brain's operating system is superior.
How do we make a backup?
We are constantly updating the present and future, but when have we updated the past?
No, I don't remember doing that.
Are these things beyond the reach of human understanding?
Is it possible to go beyond human knowledge?
A world that we used to think was only in the movies is now right around the corner.
Where will humanity go?
It may sound good to say that I have an incessant spirit of inquiry, but what I am doing for the sake of the earth and people may be the exact opposite.
I believe that convenience is not proportional to pleasure, so I am interested in the trends of the people who are leading the world.
Personally, I think that while advanced technology is important, Japan should compete with the rest of the world in terms of culture and morality. I don't think there is any country that can match Japan in these areas.
In the words of Junichiro Tanizaki, "What causes such differences in taste? We in the East tend to seek satisfaction in our own circumstances and to be content with the status quo, so we don't complain about the darkness, but give it up as inevitable. The enterprising Westerner, however, is always hoping for a better situation.
I don't think there is an answer as to whether this is good or bad, but I am sure that Japan's unique sensibility is appreciated by the world, and I wish we could be more confident and put it out there more openly.
I'll let you know when the time is right, but I've decided to take over my family's business, which specializes in processing Washi paper.
We are moving to a house near our studio (it looks like just a house, but it's a 100-year-old dilapidated Kyoto machiya) and integrating our businesses.
Now under renovation.。
So, I have been very busy lately.
I took over the family business that supported me from birth to adulthood, and I've been waiting for the opportunity to develop it for a long time.
It has been, is, and probably always will be very exciting and fun.