Nice to meet you, I’m Shinji aka Warashibe Chojya (Straw Millionaire).
I am passionate about Japanese culture and traditions. I find great value in them and would like to pass these traditions to the world. I have worked feverishly for the last 20 years here in Japan to teach these traditions and customs. Through kimono sales, manufacturing/wholesale business, tailoring, dressing class management, tea ceremony classes, flower arrangement classes, and Japanese food/table manners classes. I have met and helped many people.
With the Corona Virus outbreak the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been cancelled. And with that, a lot of tourism has decreased for Japan. So I’m looking for new avenues to help spread Japanese culture, traditions, and past times. I’m looking to collaborate with skilled craftsman from Swordsmithing to Kimono crafters, and any Japanese cultural/traditional experts and spread that throughout the world! I believe the entire world could benefit with a little more culture, am I right?
Warashibe-Chojya (Straw Millionaire)
It is a fairy tale as a story of repeatedly bartering straw, which is famous overseas, and finally exchanging horses for mansions and becoming a millionaire.
In Japan, the original story is set in “Konjaku Monogatari Shu” (around 1120-1149), but the story of striving for the prosperity of the land by bartering from straw to horses and finally to “rice fields” instead of mansions.
We should strive to meet each other, make these new connections from person to person, and aim to become the “Straw Millionaire” who can convey better encounters to everyone.