Just wanting to close the door and pretend it was an illusion, I snickered and replied... 'the guy you want is in another cave on the next mountain range.' (He doesn't speak English so my snarky wit just fell on the floor, waiting for me to step in later.)
"I want to be a live-in indigo disciple for two years."
After a frown filled impatient coffee, a chill of the guilty MacNasties found me reluctantly asking him to drop by a few days later to try some indigo dyeing. He had left 'a searching-for-the-foriegn-indigo-farmer-trail' around town and sure enough he had driven from Kyushu to find an indigo guru. He had met my good friends around the town at restaurants etc. and told them he was looking for me. His eager-beaver bushy-tailed enthusiasm filled the bench with supporters before I was even in the picture.
Requests for long-term live-in students who want to learn to grow and process indigo or learn to weave or farm silk do arrive in my inbox and occasionally at my doorstep. Not taking them too seriously, I make an effort to tell them to find something more productive to do with their lives. (Endlessly weeding mosquito-infested mulberry fields in sweltering summer days by myself, wishing to be and do anything, anywhere but there often sums up life .) These kind of requests are becoming more frequent, I have yet to give any substantial thought as to why. (I do have a few hunches though.)
When I asked him what and why questions he replied, "I have loved making things since I was a kid.
I want to learn a process like indigo dyeing from scratch... from a seed to a beautiful work of art. I don't care about making a living. I've read....."
Bob Dylan said,
I winced. These could have been the exact words out of my mouth when I was 25. (The indigo guru seeker's words, not Dylan's.) I kept them to myself. Recklessness or straightforward knowing himself. Hmmmm.
Shunpei will come by in early January to clean up the extra indigo field I have so he can start growing his own indigo next spring
Here he is with his first indigo dyed work. We used one of the stencils I picked up earlier last week.