Just 1% of inspiration.

Hi, I'm Haruyo. 

My smartphone got submerged again the other day. But this time, my phone got into miso soup. Luckily only its upper part did, so it was saved. What a relief.

Anyway, it was hard for me to get rid of the piece of Mizuhiki which was always thrown away.  I was trying to think about how I should use them for. Then I noticed our shop had flat paper bags. I came up with the idea to create small decoration with the piece then put it on the paper bag. That would help the plain paper bags look a little gorgeous. I could make 4 or 5 kinds of small decorations from the piece and that would reduce trash. And above all, that would be a easy way to get people around the world to interest Mizuhiki. That is one of my dream.

Of course there is no tourist at all in Tokyo now. Everyday only 4 or 5 Japanese groups come to my shop. Sometimes customer ask me for a easy-wrapping. In that case, that flat paper bags with Mizuhiki are useful. What's more, they are all free.

I can feel positive reaction for the paper bag with Mizuhiki from customers. For example, a woman was going to have only one, but she finally had several ones. Another woman asked me to have things easy-wrapped with the bags many times. A customer did if she could get several ones to give away to my friends. I'm glad to that. Before that, with no Mizuhiki, nobody asked like that. 

Now increase in the piece of Mizuhiki is faster than using for paper bags. To deal with that, I think I will have to use more and more. Then I came up with a new idea to create a new decoration to put other decorations together. That made me excited so much.

I think the piece is usually thrown. But if you see it from another aspect, maybe it'll become a new thing. Maybe it'll become something to please someone.

It's the way of thinking that matters.

But remember, I happened to notice the pieces of Mizuhiki this time. Maybe I don't think about other thing just like a trash. The important thing is to listen to your heart. That's what I want to say here. All you need is just 1% inspiration. (In this case it might be "recognition"?)

Bye!

In Malawi.

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水引の切れ端をどうしても捨てれず、なにかに使えないかなぁと考えて、そういえばお店に無料で配ってる平袋あったよなあ、と思って、そこに使うのはどうか?と相談したの。社長も良い反応をしてくれて、水引の切れ端の行き場がこれで決まった。短い切れ端から作る水引は4,5種類。それを、平袋の中心に貼っていくの。平袋は結構よく使っていたから、海外の方に向けて水引を広める、簡単な手段にもなるかなと思って。

コロナになってしまってからは、海外観光客は全くいないんだけれども。日本の方が買いに来てくれて、ラッピングするほどではないけど、でも普通の袋以外が良い、と依頼されたときに役に立ったのがこの水引つきの平袋でした。水引をつけても無料。

お客さんのからの反応がすごい良い、ということを感じていて。本当は1枚だけもらうつもりだったけどもう数枚もらっていいか、とか、何回もこの平袋をオーダーしてくれる人もいた。お土産配る用に数枚貰っていった人もいて。それが嬉しくて。今まで平袋でそういうの無かったからなぁ。

まぁやっぱり切れ端の増える速さの方が早いこともあり。笑、ガンガン切れ端を使っていかないと!と思って、作った水引を組み合わせて新しいデザインを生み出したりしたの。それがとっても楽しかった。

切れ端、普通は捨てるものだと思うけど、でも考え方を変えればこういった使い方も出来る。誰かを喜ばせるなにかに変身する。

考え方って大事だなぁ、と思う。

私はたまたま水引の切れ端に反応しただけであって、もしかしたら他のゴミ同然のものは気づかないかもしれない。自分の心の声に向き合うこと。それが大事だね。1%のひらめき(この場合は気づきかな?)を大切にしよう。

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