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Tenugui mumbling Vol.80 – AMANOGAWA by The Kitsune Ensemble

Sunday, December 5th, 2010
Billy Fox - composer & director of The Kitsune Ensemble

Billy Fox - composer & director of The Kitsune Ensemble

Arei Sekiguchi - Drum The Kitsune Ensemble

Arei Sekiguchi - drum

Christopher Hoffman - chello

Christopher Hoffman - chello

Gary Pickard - clarinet

Gary Pickard - clarinet

John Savage - flute

John Savage - flute

Miki Hirose - trumpet

Miki Hirose - trumpet

Yayoi Ikawa - keyboards

Yayoi Ikawa - keyboards

Yoshi Waki - bass

Yoshi Waki - bass

The Kitsune Ensemble

The Kitsune Ensemble

On Friday Decemver 17th at 8pm, AMANOGAWA will premiere at the New York Center for Art & Media Studies in Manhattan. Inspired by the Tanabata Legend, this hourlong production combines original music with contemporary theatrical techniques inspired by the Kuroko stagehands of Kabuki Theatre.

Composed by Billy Fox, with theatrical direction by Tomi Tsunoda, AMANOGAWA conbines classical, modal jazz and free improvisation, while also subtly drawing from traditional Japanese elements such as Koto tuning and Shakuhachi flute stylings.

Improvising chamber group The Kitsune Ensemble is comprised of Billy Fox as a composer & director, has previously performed at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, the Planet Arlington World Music Series, and Manhattan’s Spring Fever Festival.

The legend of Tanabata (“Evening of the Seventh”) concerns the divine lovers Orihime (“Weaving Princess”) and Hikoboshi (“Cow Herder Star”) who are banished by Tentei (“Sky King”) to opposite sides of the impassable Amanogawa (“River of Heaven” Milky Way). On one day each year, the lovers are allowed to reunited… only to be torn apart again for the rest of the year.

The annual Tanabata Matsuri (festival), celebrate each July 7 or August 7 in numerous areas of Japan, is considered a time of hope and celebration. But AMANOGAWA interprets the story in an unconventional way, seeing the Tanabata legend as a rebuke against imposed social and occupational roles that inhibit our deepest desires and passions as individuals.

We furnished Tenugui to The Kitsune Ensemble for their World Premiere of Amanogawa. I am so excited to see how Tenugui can be used in AMANOGAWA…?
If you have any chance, please come and see their performance at the theater. Of course, I’ll be there also!

Event: World Premiere of AMANOGAWA
Date: Friday December 17th. 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
Venue: New York Center for Art & Media Studies
Address: 44 W 28th street. 7th floor, NY, NY 10001
Ticket: $10 at the door
Information:? www.kitsuneensemble.org/news.html

Hope to see you there!!!!!

band

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Tenugui Mumbling Vol.79 – Arigato (Thank you)

Thursday, November 25th, 2010
Japan Block Fair Upper West, NY photo by Kenji Mori

Japan Block Fair @Upper West, NY - photo by Kenji Mori

Super Tenugui Supporter Tito - Freestyle Roller

Super Tenugui Supporter Tito - Freestyle Roller

Wonderful Tenugui Fans from NY - Christal and her friend

Wonderful Tenugui Fans from NY - Crystal and her friend

Cute Visitors at Cool Japan Festival (East Village)

Cute Visitors at Cool Japan Festival (East Village)

Tenugui friends from Asia!

Tenugui friends from Asia!

Healing Tenugui Therapy at wuhao booth by the Ohashi Institute

Healing Tenugui Therapy at wuhao booth by the Ohashi Institute

My first Ohashiatsu experience

My first Ohashiatsu experience

with HAKATA TONTON Himi-san at the Soul Food Festival

with HAKATA TONTON Himi-san @the Soul Food Festival

Great Dancers from Negiya

Great Dancers from Negiya

Beautiful Visitors from China!

Beautiful Visitor from China!

Pretty visitors from Shanghai!

Pretty visitor from Shanghai!

New Tenugui Fan @Upper East, NY

New Tenugui Fan @Upper East, NY

Tenugui on the Times Square

Tenugui on the Times Square

with The Block Fain Organizer Todo-san!

with The Japan Block Fair Organizer Todo-san!

with Tokyo Circus Ring Master Yoshi

with Tokyo Circus Ringmaster Yoshi-san

Tenugui Fundoshi (Japanese Traditional Men's Underwear) Debut!

Tenugui Fundoshi Debut!? .. coming soon! Stay tuned!

with The King of Sudoku Mr.Kaji at Sakura Masuri Brooklyn Botanical Garden

with The King of Sudoku Mr.Kaji @Sakura Masuri Brooklyn Botanical Garden

with the Founder of Ohashiatsu(R) Ohashi-sensei!!

with the Founder of Ohashiatsu(R) Ohashi-sensei!!

Tito and Rene - Super Tenugui Supporters, Arigatoh!

Tito and Rene - Super Tenugui Supporters, Arigato!

I have many things to thanksful this year. Meeting many great and beautiful people at the events that I attended since last Spring…

I have fate and believe in this recutanglar 100% cotton cloth “TENUGUI”, I want to keep continue to introduce Art of Japanese Tenugui to the world, and enjoying connect to the others… sharing love and?kindness… learning understanding and respect… through this simple?Tenugui.

Life is very simple and beautiful… and all?coming from your beautiful SMILE!!!

I want to tell you “Arigato” from the bottom of heart on this special Day.
Thank you very much for your smile, your support and love of Tenugui!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving, Tenugui Fans!!!!!

turkey

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Tenugui mumbling Vol.73 – Tenugui ideas from wuhao friends

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Andrew is an artist. He uses tenugui as a face mask when he makes his compositons.

Andrew is an artist. He uses tenugui as a face mask when he makes his compositons.

Hope you are enjoying your summer (or maybe winter?) where ever you are.

We received a few photos from our wuhao friends. I?never thought that Tenugui could be used as a mask! Andrew-san is an artist and lives in California. He?discovered tenugui from his dear friend, and since then, he is a big tenugui lover. He told me that he never forgets to take tenugui anywhere he goes.?

Summer festival in Naeba, Japan. Many visitors use tenugui as hats! Can you see them?

Summer festival in Naeba, Japan. Many visitors use tenugui as hats! Can you see them?

Ayumi-san sent us a photo from Japan. She went to Naeba, and joined the summer festival. She said that tenugui is very popular in Japan now, especially in the summer festival. People use it as a towel, a hat, a head wrap… etc etc. Enjoy summer and tenugui~~~~ Yes, It’s Summer~~~~!

Thank you for sharing your tenugui photos, Andrew-san and Ayumi-san!
We always welcome your tenugui photos and stories on our site.
so please don’t be shy! Let us hear from you and about your Tenugui story!
Looking forward to hear from y’all soon!

Have a wonderful summer with your Tenugui, dear wuhao fiends!
Shy Whistler

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Tenugui mumbling Vol.72 – The Japan Town

Sunday, July 11th, 2010
Cool Japan Festival (the Japan Town) will come to East Village on July 17(sat)!

Cool Japan Festival will come to East Village on 7/17(sat)!

?It’s summer~, many street festival will come to town! We’ll attend the Japan Town, the Japanese street festival organized by AZIX Inc this coming Saturday. the Japan Town is a series of three festivals celbrating all things Japanese from July to September.

The first festival “COOL JAPAN FESTIVAL” will held in the heart of East Village (4th avenue between 8th to 10th street) on July 17th (Saturday). We have variety of Japanese food, goods, activities and more! Please come and enjoy little Japan Town with us!

Please make a note for the upcoming the Japan Town festival on your dairy!

“Healthy Food & Green Festival” @ Madison Avenue (between 43rd to 45th street) on August 22nd (Sunday).
“Soul Food Festival” @ Lexington Avenue (between 93rd to 96th street) on September 26th (Sunday).

Check more details at their official site; http://www.nyjapantown.org

Looking forward to see you there!!!!

Hello

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Tenugui mumbling Vol.71 – The smiling faces in the sky!

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show 2010 was held on Hudson river, NYC this year. I have never seen an entire show in New York… until this one!? We had the perfect fireworks weather and great companies together, YES!

I had a great time~~~~ Uh~~~ and Ah~~~!!!
Sending you my smiling face and “The smiling faces in the sky” from New York!

Smile

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Tenugui mumbling Vol.63 – the 50th Sakura Matsuri in DC

Friday, April 16th, 2010
Ginza Market on the Pennsylvania Avenue

Ginza Market on Pennsylvania Avenue

wuhao newyork Tenugui Art Booth

wuhao newyork Tenugui Art Booth

many visitors...

many visitors...

and many many visitors...

and many many visitors...

We attended the 50th annual Sakura Masuri in Washignton DC last Saturday. The first year we had a big rain, and second year was a big storm…, and this year…. YES, a BIG BLUE BLUE SKY in DC.
Thanks to heaven for bringing us beautiful weather and so many visitors. I am not sure, but my guess is…? over 200,000 visitors might have been there. Thank you very much for visiting our booth, everybody!!!!!!

super supporter Izumi-chan

super supporter Izumi-chan

super supporter Miki-san & Justin

super supporter Miki-san & Justin

And here?are our super supporters this year!!! Thank you soooo much for your wonderful jobs, Izumi-chan, Miki-san, and Justin! I had a really great time with y’all, and hope to see you again next year with beautiful Sakura!

I could not help taking this photo. ?One of our visitors wore a super cute Tee, it said “I wanna be a Japanese”, I LOVE IT! – Peace!!!!

I wanna be a Japanese - peace!

I wanna be a Japanese - peace!

LOVE & PEACE to Tenugui Fans!
Peace

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Tenugui mumbling Vol.59 – The beauty is in that difference No.06 Lion Dance

Monday, February 8th, 2010
shishimai (lion dance) is Japanese traditional dance - photo by TETSU

shishimai (lion dance) is Japanese traditional dance - photo by TETSU

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a dancer wears tenugui as a head band

a dancer wears tenugui as a head band - photo by TETSU

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two dancers dance with harmony - photo by TETSU

two dancers dance with harmony - photo by TETSU

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cool shot of shishimai dance - photo by TETSU

cool shot of shishimai dance - photo by TETSU

Shishimai means Lion Dance in Japanese. The lion dance originaly came from India, and the Buddhist belief that the lion is regarded as a guardian creature. We can see Shishimai dances in New Years, or any celebration in Japan, as well as?in China. These photos were taken by a Japanese photographer, TETSU, in Nigata, Japan.? You may feel the movement of Shishimai dance from his photos.

February 14th is Valentine’s day, and also Chinese New Years, this year. You may see Lion Dance if you live near China town (or maybe in China) very soon! If not, let’s celebrate Lunar New Year together with TETSU’s lion dance photos!!!

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Tenugui mumbling Vol.52 – Japan Art Masuri 2009

Friday, December 25th, 2009
wuhaonyc Artist Booth @ JAM 2009 - photo by Willson Lee

wuhaonyc Artist Booth @ JAM - photo by Willson Lee

Tenugui Ninja with UZUHI - photo by Willson Lee

Tenugui Ninja with UZUHI - photo by Willson Lee

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What is tenugui? I always enjoy to tell about Tenugui. - photo by Willson Lee

What is tenugui? I always enjoy to tell about Tenugui. - photo by Willson Lee

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We always have a fun with Tenugui - photo by Willson Lee

We always have a fun with Tenugui - photo by Willson Lee

Here are some photos from JAM 2009 (Japan Art Matsuri 2009) by Willson Lee. I surely enjoyed the event very much this year also, as you can see on the pictures!
Many talented Japanese artists, musicians, and dancers came to New York to make their dreams come true.? They work very hard everyday and night to make their living, and keep their spirits alive.
JAM is one of the best events for us to perform our daily efforts, and express our passion for the arts.
Thank you very much JAM and JAM support teams for giving us this very special opportunity.
And thank you again to everybody who came to share with us the great energy of Art Festival!!!

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Tenugui mumbling Vol.51 – The beauty is in that difference No.04 Grace of Tenugui

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
Tenugui is a tool for Japanese Traditional Dance. - photo by TETSU

Tenugui is a tool for Japanese Traditional Dance. - photo by TETSU

The colors of tenugui and a Geisha dancer... beauty of Japan - photo by TETSU

The colors of tenugui and a Geisha dancer... beauty of Japan - photo by TETSU

Tenugui is a one of the tools for Japanese Traditional Dance.?TETSU is a Japanese photographer, and took these photos when he visited a small town in Nigata, Japan. A beautiful Geisha Dancer and flowing Tenugui?make? stunning harmony together…

Sending you a bit of Grace of Japan and Tenugui… hope they will add some colors into your day, today.

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Tenugui mumbling Vol.49 – The beauty is in that difference No.03 Matsuri

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
Happi (robe), Hachimaki (head-band) and Happy smile - Symbol of Matsuri - photo by TETSU

Happi (robe), Hachimaki (head-band) and Happy smile - Symbol of Matsuri - photo by TETSU

omikoshi (small shrine) is the main act in MATSURI - photo by TETSU

omikoshi (small shrine) is the main act in MATSURI - photo by TETSU

Matsuri is a festival in Japanese. People wear Happi (robe) and tie a?Hachimaki (Tenugui headband)? on their heads, and carry Mikoshi (a small shrine) all around the city. These lively photos took by TETSU in Japan. We can feel Matsuri spirit from his photos.

Dear wuhao friends, guess what?
Japan Art Matsuri 2009 will be held this weekend in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! The 7th annual Japan Art Matsuri is presented by Faune Dance Troupe, many talented dancers, singers, Samurai performance, bands, and artists will be gathered together and showing their art of work there. Oh, our favorite Japanese Acoustic Punk Band UZUHI will be on stage also. Not only that, we will have MIKOSHI performance during stages, just like Japanese Matsuri!
And of course, we will join this year also as a tenugui artist booth.

Please come and join Japanese Art Matsuri with us! Looking forward to seeing you there!!!!!

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