Travelling Temaricious: Helsinki, Finland ❸

English follows below

旅するテマリシャス: フィンランド(ヘルシンキ)❸

ヘルシンキで日本人ご夫婦が10年前からオープンしているCOMMONというお店に行ってみた。

My partner found a Japanese couple who have been running a small shop called COMMON in Helsinki for 10 years. I liked their post so decided to visit them.

日本の製品を中心にオーナーご夫婦の審美眼で選んでヘルシンキの方へ提案している。この趣旨が手まりや日本で作った草木染めの刺繍糸を海外へ向けて発信しているテマリシャスと似ている気がして勝手に訪問し、長崎ご出身のオーナーに全く知り合いでもなんでも無いのに手まりを見せて、しばしお話を。何も知らなかったフィンランドに戻る場所が出来たような感じ。お店の空間はシンプルでとても居心地が良い。フィンランドの懐が深く、ここまでやって来れたとおっしゃるオーナーさんの言葉が印象的だった。たった1日だけど何となく感じるこの街の暖かさを裏付けるようで嬉しかった。

The shop offers selection of household goods, stationaries etc. that are mainly from Japan, selected by the owner’s aesthetic sense. Before visiting, I thought we can share the same point of views, thinking that the way/attitude they showcase their Japan made products is similar to the way we showcases our Temari and naturally dyed thread we make. we both happen to do it but not only to please foreigners but also to please ourselves. So we don’t go for typical things people might expect from Japan but something that might be unexpected.  Although I was total stranger, I showed him, his little son and later his wife our Temari and thread then had inspiring conversation for a while. The shop and their company was comfortable. I now feel that there is a place to go back in Finland.

将来、何かの形でCOMMONに関わることが出来たら楽しいだろうな〜と思う。
素敵なお時間ありがとう!!日本では買い求める事のでき無いアイテムもありました、訪れてみると何か発見があるかもしれないですよ。

It would be fun if we can collaborate in the future. Big thanks to COMMON for lovely time. For readers, I would recommend you to visit this very stylish design shop. You can find similarities between Nordic and Japanese.

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