Osaka YMCA
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Chiaki Hasegawa

Chiaki Hasegawa

I am teaching MYP Language Acquisition Phase 1-3 classes for Japanese (G7-9) and English (G7-8). I lived overseas for 12 years before coming back to Japan in 2019. You always discover the beautiful side of your country once you see it from outside!


日本のエコバッグ [User-friendly Japanese Eco-bag]

海外生活を経て12年ぶりに日本に帰ってくると、日常のさまざまな場面で、日本ってやっぱりすごいなと感じることがたくさんあります。日本の文化はもちろんのことですが、例えば人と接するときや物を扱う時のきめ細かさ(considerate, meticulous)や、物作りなどの技術力(manufacturing skills) など、日々感心させられることが多々あります。その中でも、世界と比べて秀でているのは日本人の「カスタマイズ(customization)技術」能力だと私は考えています。簡単に言い換えると、例えば日常生活で使う商品をより使いやすく、便利なもの に改良していく力です。



また、素材も様々な物を扱っています。 エコバッグは、軽くて丈夫で、かさばらないのが魅力です。 最近では、ポリエステルや不織布、コットンなどの 豊富なラインナップから選べるようになりました。 特にポリエステル素材は、発色の美しさのほか、素材自体に強度があるので 型崩れしにくいなど、使い勝手の良さでも人気だそうです。中でも特に感心したのは、お弁当が倒れないように底辺のサイズを考慮したエコバック。幕の内弁当のサイズとお惣菜パックのサイズがあるそうです。日本のデパ地下街で買い物する際には非常に便利です。

皆さん、どうでしょうか?海外でも色々なエコバックは売られていると思いますが、ここまで消費者のニーズに合わせた種類を揃えている国は果たしてあるのかな?(Is there any other country that considers consumers’ needs more than Japan?)と思いませんか。

日本人の「きめ細かさ」によって生み出された、利便性を重視するグッズ「エコバック」をぜひ活用してみませんか。ニーズに応じてエコバックを選ぶことは、ファッションの一つとしても楽しむこともできるかもしれません。ファッションを楽しむと同時に環境保全に貢献できることがいいところですね。(You are contributing to environmental protection and enjoying fashion at the same time!)

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