IKTT (Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles), from SiemReap Cambodia
IKTT (Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles), from SiemReap Cambodia

A meeting only once in a lifetime

It is dry-season in December. Moon light is bright at late evening maybe because it was full moon a few days ago. One German lady who read my English book "Bayon Moon" wanted to see the Bayon temple shined by such bright moon and she left her hotel with guide at late evening.

But recent Angkor Thom is closed completely at night. Even local people can not go through after eight pm, so there are no chances to see the beautiful Bayon temple under moon light.

But the tour to see such shinning Bayon temple might be planned in several years. In this season, the top of Bayon temple lighted by setting sun close to fall down is shinning with almost golden orange color and is really beautiful. And it is only a few minutes drama.

Over 10 years ago, when I coordinated with local sites of the Japanese television, I told the story of shinning Bayon temple to them, Then the director insisted to shoot it. But if there are even a few clouds, we can not succeed to see such beautiful landscape. It is a meeting only once in a lifetime. Nature is also living. We managed the schedule for them to try to see such Bayon temple for several days.

Recently I noticed that the difference between "change" and "chance" is only one character when I read blog on web-site. I was a little impressed that the difference means something to our period.

When I exchanged ten thousand yen recently, I got over one hundred US dollars. There were some cases in the past but this time is the biggest in scale. The world is shaking widely, it could be said the history experiencing per one hundred years changes, I feel like that. We just live in such times.

I think there are two types in the textile history, one is always changing with the period and another one is not changing even passing hundreds or thousands years. There exists beauty in eternal life. Beautiful things are always beautiful in any periods, such as ancient Egypt and Aztec in South America, and also medieval Europe and Persia. I think it shows human mind on Beauty.

But eternal beauty is the result of activities by the people who always look for new beauty. The sense for beauty and the sense to create natural textiles could be said the new challenge under changing minds of the values of textiles. In such period, the chance might come steadily.

I would like to say once again, a meeting only once in a lifetime in other word in Japanese Ichigo Ichie. Now is only once. We live in now. I am thinking about such things.


Morimoto Kikuo
Translation by Mr.Takurou MATSUOKA

update : March 7, 2009 3:02 PM

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