I'm sharing the text for my deaf grandmother.
Commons Investment Trust 13th Social Entrepreneurship Forum Speech Text
Reita Moriya, Aizashi
The 13th Social Entrepreneurship Forum is now in its second half, and I'm sure you are tired.
I am a craftsman, so I would like to ask for your patience.
I'm a craftsman, so I'm nervous about this kind of speech (laughs).
I'm a craftsman, so I'm nervous about this kind of speech (laughs), so I'd like you to bear with me for a moment. When I say, "Ready!", I'd be happy if you could do the "C" with me.
Let's go! C" Thank you very much. （Thank you.)
(laughs) I feel relieved.
I am Reita Moriya, President of Art Moriya Co.
I was the first person in the world to successfully combine traditional Japanese indigo and traditional plastering.
I am the first indigo plasterer in the world.
Even though the words "traditional indigo" and "traditional plasterer" may not be familiar to many people.
Today, I'd like to show you something that you can easily understand.
The part I'm holding now is the handle, and this is the trowel.
You may be familiar with plaster or diatomaceous earth, but plastering is the process of using a trowel to finish walls and furniture.
Plastering is the art of using a trowel to finish walls and furniture.
Indigo is the color of indigo.
It is the indigo used in the indigo dyeing I wear.
Indigo has been used for dyeing textiles and fabrics, but it tends to fade and turn white.
However, it fades and turns white, so it was not possible to use it for interior materials or furniture until now.
I was lucky that I was self-taught and didn't know much about plastering and indigo.
So, I was free to do whatever I wanted.
By using materials from Belgium and Italy in Europe, I was able to repeat various experiments and recipes, and I was able to express indigo that would not actually fade, which gave birth to a new form of consumption.
As Mr. Ken Shibusawa said at the opening of today's exhibition, I have been living my life as a craftsman in the midst of a typhoon. It was only by learning about and loving indigo that I was able to reach the blue sky after the typhoon, as if I had come to the blue sky.
Indigo dyeing is a strange thing, the dye itself is brownish or greenish.
When the fabric is dipped and lifted up, it is exposed to oxygen, which causes a chemical reaction that turns it blue, a beautiful blue.
I noticed today that the logo of Commons is also green and brown.
As I was talking with the speakers, I thought that if people interacted with each other and a chemical reaction occurred, the Commons logo would also change to indigo. (laughs).
Indigo is a color that has a long history in Japan, and as time is limited today, I have to skip over it. It is a color that is close to people's lives.
When a scientist from England came to Japan, he saw it and praised it as "Japan blue.
Nowadays, indigo dyeing is in decline due to the production of synthetic indigo and the influx of Indian indigo, and the number of farmers producing indigo is decreasing.
The number of indigo producers is decreasing.
There is a good chance that Japan's precious indigo will disappear.
At that time, during the war, the cultivation of indigo was banned, but only one person hid and protected it, and because he spun it, it is still possible.
That is the current state of indigo.
Today, as far as I can see, there are almost no people wearing indigo dye.
I think it's only me and the next speaker, Mr. Hayashi.
So, even if we try to make people wear indigo dyeing again, there is nothing left.
However, if we can create a new form of consumption, if we can use my technology to make agriculture a part of food, clothing, and shelter, I think we can find a balance with the producers.
I would like you all to think of the color of the ocean and the sky.
It is indigo.
I think they are beautiful colors.
But the air in front of you is transparent.
Seawater is also colorless if you scoop it up.
But you can imagine blue, can't you?
I think it is because the color of your memory is so beautiful.
If I were to ask why indigo becomes that color, or why green leaves can express such a color, I would have to say that it is because they are so beautiful.
I don't know if it's for medicine, chemistry, or economics, but I think it's because it's a color that people will remember for a long time to come.
Mr. Eiichi Shibusawa has already proven the potential of indigo.
From his work with indigo, he eventually became known as the father of the economy.
Therefore, I would be happy if I could work together with everyone as the chosen indigo expert of our time.
The happi coat I'm wearing today was originally designed to have the surname of the person who invited me on the back.
But I've chosen to wear it without any letters.
In the future, I would be happy to stand in front of you again with my name on the back when we accomplish something together.
Thank you very much for your attention.
I am a craftsman, and I have been blessed with this opportunity.
The reason I was blessed with this opportunity was because I had the support of many friends and supporters who gave their all.
In my tense speech, I didn't have time to choose words that would reach out to all the people involved.
I hope you will watch over me with warm eyes as usual.
I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Tokushima who are involved in the indigo industry.
I would like to thank Reki Nagahara, the indigo evangelist, Mr. Yoshihara, the senior researcher, Mr. Kawanishi, the teacher at Josai High School, and all the indigo producers.
Thank you Sekiya-san for making this connection and for all your support.
Thank you to Mr. Ken Shibusawa and Mr. Umakoshi of Commons Investment Trust for giving us this wonderful opportunity.
Thank you to the staff, fellow speakers, and Bunkyo Gakuin University for providing us with the Renai Hall.
I can't thank you enough for all your support.
Thank you to everyone who always supports me.
With love to all the people who love indigo.
October 4, 2021 Reita Moriya, Indigo Master