I try to avoid becoming a cynical old man like my grandfather. Maybe I’m losing the fight, but this kind of article makes me cringe.
A group of American teachers are being shown around Japan by Toyota. The teacher in this article is interested in indigo dying and the economics there of. The positive spin is that I hope he finds out alot, because the craft won’t be around for long. I knew a dyer in Kumamoto who was literally starving because she couldn’t make enough to sustain herself.
Oh, and he said, “I’m going to avoid talking politics and religion.” Good, Toyota will be pleased about the politics. Unfortunately he’ll miss alot in Japan if he doesn’t take in the temples and shrines.