I call him "Ebi-chan".
I recognize him as something like compensation to what I bothered or troubled others from God or Buddha to my birthday, lol.
He does not listen to others.
He just pushes his own way or suddenly stops.
He would be social maladaption, however, its degree would be beyond good or evil.
He would be genuine social maladaption because he does not have self-awareness of it.
I had an exhibition at design center "OZONE" in Shinjuku.
I was not good at dealing with clients and sat with my legs crossed in the middle of reception counter around the entrance and read a book with frowned.
No one reached out to me.
I was completely useless while it was fine.
I cannot do what I cannot do.
In such circumstance,
"Hello, may I ask you for help ?"
It was spoken in typical very faint voice.
When I looked up, a boy stood with a glass on white chubby face like rice cake, which would be put by mathematics teachers long time ago.
He wore a bit oversized T-shirts with jeans with big rucksack.
"I saw the guidance for applicants and come here."
"We are not recruiting employees." and I returned to the book.
"Excuse me ?"
He showed me a piece of crumpled paper.
It was the guidance for the applicants sent to vocational training schools for craftsman through facsimile.
"It was one for long time ago. Now we are not recruiting employees>"
I returned the book again.
"Excuse me ?"
"You will never hire me ?"
"It is not kind of job which can be done by those who speak in faint voice. First of all, you are still child, aren't you ?"
"I am 28 years old."
"28 years old ? You are supposed to be appropriately grown up in 28 years old !! You appeared to me as about 15 years old. It is worse. Go home ."
I returned to the book again.
One minute had past.
"Excuse me ?"
"May I ask you for a just factory tour ?"
Several days later, he visited our factory in the exactly same clothes.
"Well, you have made an effort to come here. Are you try to help us ?
"Yes, sir !"
It was July 7.
"Do you come here tomorrow ?"
"Do you come here tomorrow ?"
Then, one week has past.
"By the way, what is your name ?"
"Ebisawa, Toshi Ebisawa"
"Would you please bring your CV ?"
This is the beginning.
I wondered what kinds of life he had spent. He did not know anything and he was not do anything.
He did not know Shinju-ku and Shibuya-ku are one part of Tokyo metropolitan. He did not know comedian including Beat Takeshi and Downtown.
He is completely blank everything, Prime Minister, the President of USA, sports, fashion, history.
He easily forget what are told.
I look through his CV again.
He graduated from a national university.
"It must not be true."
"Well, it is true ~ lol"
"It cannot be true ! lol"
His performance was terrible.
He made mistake in every single step of work.
He was not able to deliver products properly. He went to Setagaya although he us supposed to be bounded to Odaiba.
He had an accident and furniture in the truck was crashed.
It was like miracle sequence of failures.
Every time he made a mistake, he made smile and apologize "Well, apologize for it"
I was about to hit him.
One year has past during which I continue to think of the timing when I should fire him.
It was July 7 again.
Ebi-chan declared himself "I would like to resign because I bother you every day."
It should be what exactly working out as desired. However, I spoke words I could not believe myself.
"No, I cannot leave you from this company. Neither you nor me has not produced any results."
It took until mid night to pursue the stubborn person.
When I came home, my residence was decorated with origami crane and/or drawings. Children went to sleep.
Next day, I ask Ebi-chan to buy a canned coffee.
He has learned how to work little by little.
After spending 6 years in KOMA, he established his own factory independently.
He took kind of role something like buffer material between younger employees and me based on his calm and gentle personality.
And, despite his smiling appearance, he has spoken up to me being self-assured.
He often told me "All were Matuoka-san's faults. lol".
Now, I looked back why I did not fire him at that time.
We would be blamed when we made mistakes.
That would be why we deceive and/or lie to ourselves.
Of course, I have such experiences.
Despite 10 times more failures compared to ordinary people, Ebi-chan has never deceived himself.
He is not influenced by others' opinions and/or information.
Stubborn may not necessarily good personality, however, if it is extreme, it would be beyond good and evil.
Others would be said to be mirror showing oneself, when we observe what we dislike in ourselves in others, we would tend to hate others.
Ebi-chan and me are completely opposite.
There is no similarity at all.
That is why I respect him or he is just easy to get along.
We are incompatible like old and water.
I do not have anything learned from him.
I do not have anything I educate him.
However, we have an emotion close to friendship coming from mutual trust.
And, no doubt, he has one of those who has crated KOMA.
I do not care he makes efforts or not, is successful or not.
He is one and only Ebi-chan.
So, I assume our relationship continues.
Anyway, despite I need to take longer time and efforts, I like him a lot.
I am sure he has same thought.
Today, when we are cleaning up around the end of year, we have found many many useless stuffs Ebi-chan made.
I am going to throw them away completely.
He never remembers them, lol.
When I think of friendship, which remind me of Kamei whose existence is beyond friendship.
AT the end of year 2015, I would like to write about Kamei.