Human’s Universal Pleasure – Fun of “Making” something –
Hello! I’m a writer of KARAKURIJAPAN, Yonosuke!
KARAKURIJAPAN introduces origami instructions and calligraphy lectures day by day.
Even though these are different genre, they are same at the point of “making” something.
This time I’ll write stories about “making” something.
Universal Pleasure Felt in “Making” something
I have a question for everyone who is reading this article. Do you have any hobbies or something you love?
There are many kinds of hobbies, such as sports, cooking, DIY, taking pictures, and listening music.
And there are some common points among many hobbies.
The first is physical activity. Many people like exercising or using their bodies. Sports are especially popular among many hobbies.
And the second one. This is the main topic of this article.
It is to “make” something.
Cooking, DIY, taking picture and even writing are common at the point of “making” something.
People who like cooking as their hobby may like not only the pleasure when they finish cooking, but also the process to “make” foods.
People who like taking pictures feel fun to “make” an amazing picture. DIY and writing also have elements of “making” something.
The universal pleasure which people feel often have elements of “making” something.
Why do People Feel Pleasure at “Making” something?
Then, why do people feel pleasure at “making” something?
For sure, unless there is pleasure at the completion, there might not be pleasure at “making” something.
However, people can feel pleasure in the process to make something.
For example, calligraphy has the element of “making” something because it’s to make a work by writing.
Mr. Nishimoto, an iro-moji(colored calligraphy) instructor of our KARAKURIJAPAN, says like that.
If a brush has a 5cm tip,
when I put it on paper with the full tip, it provides thick lines width of which is 5cm,
and when I put it on paper with a little part of tip, it can provide really thinner lines than pencils or ballpoint pens.
It causes thicker lines than you expected, or becomes faint and patchy or blurred without thought.
However, this stimulates your sense.
It is stimulative for you that lines are written in some ways you don’t expect.
That’s why I would like all of you to try doing calligraphy more and more.
He says that writing letters with brush is so exciting.
Lines become totally different from your expectation.
Not just for calligraphy, there will be some irregularity for “making” something. And this is exciting for people.
So there should be pleasure not only at the completion, but also at the process of “making” something.
Let’s Feel Pleasure through Traditional Japanese Crafts
KARAKURIJAPAN shows various traditional Japanese techniques and crafts day by day.
Now we have origami lectures and pen-calligraphy works besides iro-moji(colored calligraphy). And we are going to bring shamisen(Japanese stringed instrument) and togei(Japanese ceramic art).
Especially, origami works which is shown at KARAKURIJAPAN are really easy to try. You can make various things such as a crane, a butterfly, a rose or a frog from a piece of origami paper.
You might get difficulty at folding, but this is also a fun! The tougher you feel it, the more pleased you’ll get when you complete it. Please try it!
Besides origami, we introduce various things to “make”.
I want you to feel pleasure of “making” something while learning traditional Japanese culture.
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