I think of myself as racking of talents.
Especially, I have none in terms of kinds of senses.
So, I tend to be impressed by opus of goods, pictures, paintings made by others irrespective of professionals or amateurs thinking of them "it is awesome, I cannot make something in the same quality.
Anyway, I love making furnitures.
Recently, I have become thinking so from the bottom of my heart.
Unfortunately, I have spent long period when I could not purely think so.
At the beginning of new year, I am in off.
Given making furnitures as my favorite thing, I am making furnitures even in my holidays.
So, I have been in easy mode allowing me to make mistakes in it or to have inappropriate processes.
I love these several days when I spend in manufacturing furniture not because it is my occupation but because I purely love it.
It is really tough to be a professional with neither talent nor sense. lol.
Last year, I had many opportunities to become aware of many things thanks to colleagues and senior people.
At the end of the last year, I have felt losing my tension and so disappointed as "I have been useless idiot."
I would like to be No.1 and/or winning or losing, etc.
I have become not to take care of them which have been the most important motivation for me.
"Making the best furnitures, bringing the most happiness to clients, and being the most cool."
It is the philosophy of KOMA.
When we would like to make the best furnitures, unless making the environment where clients know, see, and buy our products, it would be just self-satisfaction.
It would be true that we are compared with competitors during those selection processes and relevant results would make next environments.
That is why our goal was defined as keeping continuous victories and becoming No.1 in order for our idea to be true.
Is our goal to realize our philosophy ?
Is it the opposite ?
Given no history, the environment would be made by our performance results.
For that, it would be important whether we are chosen in projects as craftsman, our products are selected in plans.
Is the philosophy is the fundamental of every activity ?
Is more appropriate question what shall we do with the corporate philosophy ?
Our philosophy exists in order for us to rejoice together with all our stakeholders.
That is the reason why we make efforts.
For it, we may need to establish a certain infrastructures and may need to win some competitions.
It was truly the opposite.
It should not be the result of competitions.
But, whether we are able to rejoice with stakeholders or not.
Results of competitions would be one of processes for rejoice.
It took longer time for me to understand what is totally obvious.
I would be about to hate myself with experiencing something like this almost every time.
Anyway, it was good to be aware of it.
It would be simple, however, boys be ambitious.
So, at the initial step of my training for craftsman, I was aimed to be No.1 craftsman in Japan.
Since several years ago I have been noticing it would not be appropriate gaol, at the same time, I would like to be compliant with the ambitious I had when I was young.
We have very good opportunities by many stakeholders whom I really appreciate.
Selected in "wonder500" hosted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Selected in "paris sedign week"
Exhibition at "Japan salone in the World Expo in Milan"
Awarded as the encouraging prize in "wood design award" sponsored by the Forest Agency
Selected as "wood furniture award japan" sponsored by the Forest Agency and the associated exhibition in Paris.
We had many opportunities in department stores.
Special programs in TV were broadcasted.
I really appreciate all.
Then, at the end of the last year, I thought.
Measuring results by acquiring relevant opportunities and infrastructures, would I be the No.1 craftsman of furniture in Japan ?
Is it the gaol what I made at the begging of my training.
Rather it is that !
There would exist many craftsman whose technique are better than me and there are many factory whose sales are bigger than KOMA.
Given there are many measures and angles how to evaluate, I would expect blames like "What are you talking about ?", which I do not care.
Measuring from the number of opportunities to be chosen in awards and/or exhibitions , KOMA and myself would be No.1 for sure.
So, I have accomplished what I thought it as my goal.
It would not be my true performance.
Seniors and colleagues have given me time and opportunities.
So, myself in your age, please be persuaded.
There are many genre and each craftsman has own speciality in terms of manufacturing process, nothing can be made by myself.
So, conceptually, there is no No.1 craftsman for furniture.
It was illation I made myself.
I just appreciate it.
That is what I, whose self scoring would be 15%, am able to get.
So, myself in training era, please be persuaded for you to accomplish your gaol.
Please understand it as the completion of the promise.
One I would be sure.
I have had solid self-confidence.
Without any talents and senses, I would be able to overcome anything with my sticky commit and guts.
I would be able to think of being evaluated by others.
I appreciate all stakeholders who have made me to think of what described above.
And I truly realize it again.
Those who are surrounding you are what is your value.
It would make me happier than anything else if I would be able to bring value to others.
Anyway, I dislike to lose.
As instinct, it would be too obvious I would not like to be inferior to anyone else if I make furnitures desperately.
But, victory would not be the goal.
It would be significantly large step having made myself understood the truly valuable goal beyond being No.1.
The change of the goal from manufacturing beyond competitions are supposed to bring good influences to making furnitures.
When I was child, if left as was, I have created and/or painted something.
I have taken this profession because I love creating something.
Masters working backed by light shining from windows looked too bright to me.
I was fascinated by their performance in using wooden hammers.
I purely admired them "I would like to be there, someday !"
I remember it again.
I would think of it as a detour, however, I like making furniture something deeper than that period.
I, who has gained 15 point score in 15 years, would to improve my score to 20 points immediately.
This is the true starting line.
I have reached out to the starting point.
I am no longer able to compete with others.
I myself would be such kind of master.
I trouble younger employees.
Actually, younger employees have made me to be aware of these kinds of things.
Takeshi Hiratsuka is one of them.
To be continued to "Takeshi Hiratsuka".