Vol.156 Individualist “Chptr 16 and Vrs 2”

Following on interview with Goda-san “傳 tutaee ” on  “Individualist “Chptr 16 and Vrs 1”.

Japan is now about to show its autumn face to us. Scorching heat is no longer a troublesome for us and as they mentioned, seasonal food and harvest are in season now to give us a joy to eat various foods. I personally do not have much interest in food so that I am no good to talk about food at all but at least I can tell what type of food is in season to cook and eat great in this season. 

And Winter will come before long. As these four seasonal weather holds different scenery here in Japan and I guess winter is the best season to capture the moment of beauty in nature and feel the nature from inside. I am not much of a fan for winter but seeing these beautiful moments of nature in winter would be worth checking out.







“Precisely among these all four seasons, there is always something that is in season such as food, blooming etc. Enjoying seasonal things would give us the feeling of coming next season for sure. I think it is good to be Japanese that we can enjoy seasonal activities, food, and Japanese sake which is made out of seasonal harvest.”

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IO) 日本はどんな場所ですか?また、日本人とは誰であり何でしょうか?(あなたの目線、もしくはブランドとして具体的に)

合田さん) 四季を感じる事が出来て、海、山、川があり、田舎や都会もある国。しかし、日本人ってなんでしょう?その場所に暮らす人、そこで育った人の事でしょうか。


IO) What does Japan, being Japanese or being a Japanese descendant mean to you? How do you think it has impacted your life and your success?

Goda-san) Japan enables us to feel the circle of four seasons and a country where there are sea, mountain and river plus suburban and metropolitan area. However, I wonder what Japanese is? I guess it’s referring to for those who raised and live out here in this island.


IO) 特定の場所にて暮らし、育つ人がそれぞれの国民性や“らしさ”を生み出すものだとお考えでしょうか?

合田さん) 日本人って・・・について考えたことがなかったです。そうですね、土地には長くそこに生活する人々がいて今がある訳で、その土地で育つことで受ける環境からの影響は大きいと思います。街の習慣っていうだけでなく、生きている中で受ける学校や街であう人外部からの影響などいろいろ。


IO) Do you think that the specific place that people are born and raised can generate people’s national identity?

Goda-san) I never thought about what or how Japanese would be. And I agree with that. Basically the place becomes as it is because of people that live there for a long time. I think that it has a big part of someone’s life based on where they are grow up. Not only tradition that has created in certain place shape people but also external sources such as school or people that you meet on the street are all influential to them.


IO) 日本や日本人の良いところと悪いところはありますか?例を挙げて下さい。

合田さん) 八百万の神々の考え方(宗教のお話しではなく)


IO) What do you think are the positive and negative points about being Japanese, Japanese descendants, and Japanese culture?

Goda-san) A principle of multitudinous gods (I am not talking about religion here)


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IO) これはどういった意図でしょうか?

合田さん) 宗教をわたし自身が特に意識していきている訳ではないのですが、私たちを取り巻く自然や環境全てに神様がいますよっていう考え方であって、古くから、山に神様がいたり、海の神様がいたり、樹齢何千年の大木を神木としてあがめたり、お台所にある日々使うお釜に神様が宿ると言われたり、そんな生きている身近に存在する事象を大切にする気持ちってイイなって思うのです。





IO) Care to elaborate that?

Goda-san) I don’t personally have a mindset about religion very much but what I meant is that this is our embedded principle that there is a god all around us including nature and surroundings. From long time ago, there is a certain pantheon from mountain, sea, and sometimes we honor sacred tree that had lived thousand years or even it is said that cooker in the kitchen that we use everyday might be the seat of the soul. I think that it is pretty great to value things around us that we live along with.

Probably the reason why I thought so is that I saw an three thousand years old mega tree during my summer break that’s why I answered like that haha. 

Also simply four seasons in japan have taught me a lot. One of my favorite things in Japan to enjoy these different seasons to be fed, clothed and housed.

Precisely among these all four seasons, there is always something that is in season such as food, blooming etc. Enjoying seasonal things would give us the feeling of coming next season for sure. I think it is good to be Japanese that we can enjoy seasonal activities, food, and Japanese sake which is made out of seasonal harvest.


IO) 日本の変だと思うところはありますか?具体例をお願いします。

合田さん) 曖昧さ・・・変だと思うけれども、良いところもある。


IO) Is there anything you find strange about Japan as a Japanese/Japanese (American/Canadian/Brazilian)

Goda-san) Ambiguity; it is weird but sometimes it is good.


IO) 良いところとは?

合田さん)  曖昧な表現によって、受け手が感じて、想像力をかきたてたり、優しく美しくも表現できるところ。


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IO) What is good about being ambiguous?

Goda-san) By its ambiguous expression that the language of Japanese is capable of, the receiver would take what it implies and fuels an imagination. Also it allows us to express in beautiful and kind ways.


IO) 日本人として西洋の文化(アメリカ、フランス、イタリア等)への憧れ、または日本自体の文化に対する憧れは感じていますか?

合田さん) Yes. 古くから存在するものが好きだから、その時間の流れを大切にするヨーロッパには特に憧れを感じています。


IO) As a Japanese/Japanese descendants, for you have any ambition, envy, or aspirations against western (U.S. for example) or Japanese cultures? How do you feel about Western/Japanese culture, do you think it has had an impact on your work?

Goda-san) YES, I like something that exist from old times so that I especially have an adoration toward European countries that they value in the time of the old.


IO) 今後、日本はどのようになっていくとお考えですか?

合田さん) 観光大国。山も海も都会も地方も、古いも新しいも全てが近くで、コンパクトに出会う事が出来る。


IO) How do you think Japan is going to become? Any thoughts?

Goda-san) Tourist mecca. Everything includes mountain, sea, metropolitan, and rural area, they are all mashed up together in one place regardless of old or new.


IO) 海外進出はお考えですか?

合田さん) Yes. 常にトライアルとエラーの繰り返しですが(苦笑)。9月はアジアへ向けて初めて動きます。


IO) Any plan to go abroad or expand your entity?

Goda-san) YES. Always a series of trial and error haha. I will go overseas in Asia soon.


IO) クリエイティブの定義とはなんでしょうか?

合田さん) 想像力から生まれる。


IO) What is your definition of creativity? How would you define creativity?

Goda-san) Creativity is out of your own imagination.


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IO) 人生とは一言/ 一文で何ですか?

合田さん) 出会いと別れと書くと重いので。HelloとGood Bye.


IO) How would you define life in one sentence?

Goda-san) It would be a little deep to say “meeting and parting” so I would say Hello and Good bye.


IO) 注目している人、ものは?

合田さん) 東京の未来


IO) Something that you are currently into? What is a current hobby or interest of yours?

Goda-san) The future of Tokyo.


Chiseko Goda / Takehiro Yoshihara “傳 tutaee”


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