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diary Feb 8th 2017 - a drastic experiment

I posted a bit drastic and radical proposal to today's my exercise class participants as an ice breaking greeting at the start o the class. the participants are Japanese women in their late 60's to early 80's.
" Hello everyone, how have you been since the last week's session ?  I know that many of you are hoping to lose weight. In japan we have a lot of seasonal celebration events and festivities during this season. in order to get a desirable result in weight loss, how to deal with and spend your days in this festivity season is very important.  for example, in January we have new year celebration, the seasonal divide celebration in February, the girl's festival in March, cherry blossom viewing parties under the trees in April, and the boy's festival in May "

"traditionally in Japan, we celebrate these seasonal events and festivities mainly with special foods and dishes for them.  of course, when food shortages were serious social problem in the past, cerebrating those festivities with seasonal harvest was a very significant, and at the same time, these were precious opportunities to foster and reconfirm family bond and friendship.  however, nowadays in Japan, fortunately food shortages don't exist basically. rather various materials including gorgeous foods are abundant in our current society.   and this is where I would like to propose a change in our perspective and mindset about how to celebrate those seasonal events "
" in order to show our appreciation and a sense of gratefulness to the blessings of our mother nature and our environment, how about reducing some one dish or food from your table on the seasonal celebration day ?  it is already 2017 now,  we don't necessarily need to stick with the traditional notion saying that seasonal events and festivities should be celebrated with a countless number of special dishes and foods. even if there is not so much gorgeous foods on the party table, it would be possible to enjoy and celebrate with for example, singing karaoke, dancing, chatting and so on. what do you think of my idea ? "

as I anticipated before the class, most of the participants were quiet with my drastic remarks,  they didn't say anything, however, obviously it felt like written on their faces that " instructor ENDO's view might be a kind of alien or something "...
being polite in front of class participants, at the same time, stating one's views and perspectives without compromising is not easy to me ...   
「皆さん、こんにちは。先週の講座以来いかがお過ごしでしたか? お正月から早春の時期は色々と季節行事が多いですよね。1月はお正月、2月は節分、3月は雛祭り、4月は花見、5月は子供の日など。これらの行事は、美味しい料理を食べたりして祝うのが伝統的な日本の習慣ですよね。皆さんがこの教室に参加している目的の一つは、やせたい、体重を減らしたい、というのがありますね。となると、このように美味しいものを食べる行事が毎月のように続くこの時期をどう過ごすか?はとても大切です」

「少し過激な意見で申し訳ないですが、ダイエットや健康のためには、この飽食の時代、季節行事をどう祝うか?ということに関しても発想の転換が必要ではないか?と思います。食料不足が深刻だった時代は、季節の収穫物で行事を祝うというのは、収穫への感謝や家族や友人との団欒の機会としても非常に意義のあることだったと思われます。しかし、現在、2017年の日本は幸いなことに、食べ物を含め色々なモノが溢れています。むしろ、自然の恵みや周囲の環境に感謝するためには、パーティのテーブルから何か料理を一品減らしてみてはいかがでしょうか? 贅沢な料理が沢山なくても、行事やお祝いの席を楽しむことは可能だと思うのです。例えば、カラオケとか、踊るとか、友人たちとの会話を楽しむとか。このような発想の転換はいかがでしょうかね?」
参加者の皆さんの殆どは無言で呆気にとられたような反応だったが、伝統と調和を重んじる世代の御婦人の皆さんの顔にはこう書いてあったような気がする 「インストラクターの遠藤さんの頭の中は異星人か何かだろう ... 」


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