The Story of "Share the Wa"
After a number of years of
pondering, an ideal slogan to describe the mission
of TemariKai.com and TalkTemari came through a message from Ozaki
Sensei II, in an issue of the Japan Temari Association's
newsletter. Sensei always writes a “President’s Message” in each
JTA News issue. The words of this message in 2007 were
particularly meaningful and I knew that within them we'd found the
long-searched for motto for TemariKai.com and Talk Temari Yahoo
feeling for Wa (Circle of Peace) (by Japan Temari Assoc.
President, Ozaki Keiko).
"I recently found some
literature that my mother, the last (previous) president of Temari
Association, had written. In it, I felt her love for Temari in
each word and each Japanese character her writing. From her one
seed of Japanese traditional Temari making, Temari making has
spread to all over Japan as well as to all over the world. My
mother's wish to scatter (spread) the seeds of Temari making to
the entire world, is now being materialized. I feel, stemming from
the year's foreign country Temari teacher's certifications, that
our Temari culture will spread even more than ever, and even into
unreachable places in the world. It is hoped that Temari crafts,
that were woven with warm feeling of love, stitch by each stitch,
will bring that love and peace to the people who would receive
them into their hands. It is my humble wish to continue to spread
the “Wa” (circle of peace) of traditional Temari, even more than
JTA News Issue No. 43, April 2007. English translation thanks
to Tomiko Morimoto West)
"Stitch Temari, Share
the Wa" was first introduced at the 2008 NY StitchIn, and heartily
received. It continues to work its way into Temarikai and Talk
Temari presentation. Many folks have and continue to pick up
the message and spread it to others, literally and figuratively.