[Interview – Comment] Ogasawara Keishousai and the Japanese Etiquette
Although it is often said that Japanese people have difficulties to express their opinion, it is not because they cannot take decisions but because they consider their partner’s position.
- Category: #Interview #Awaji #Culture
- Interview date: Sep 13th, 2018
- Writer: Valentin Defossez
①You have an important role as a guardian of Japanese etiquette. How do you see your role in today’s Japanese society?
I believe that while we have to properly pass on the foundation of our traditions, it is indispensable to adapt it to the era in which you live. Therefore, the essence of the Ogasawara Etiquette School, to treat people with the utmost care, is adapted in a contemporary shape, in other words introducing people to these manners is what I believe to be my role in life. Thus, I wish I can have people, even one, establish smooth relationships between one another and live a peaceful and healthy daily life.
②In extending your audience to the whole world, what would you like to pass on to the world about Japanese culture?
Regardless of where you were born and raised, I have no doubt that everybody has consideration for others. Although it is often said that Japanese people have difficulties to express their opinion, it is not because they cannot take decisions but because they consider their partner’s position. While it is important to have your opinion, it is also important, at the same time, to be discreet and sense others’ heart; this is the quintessence of Etiquette. In order for people, from all over the world, to go beyond borders and nurture harmony, I want to teach about the importance of the heart.