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Tenugui mumbling Vol.45 – Hyottoko photos from Japan

Saturday, October 24th, 2009
Hyottoko&Okame, and Shichifukujin by TETSU

Hyottoko&Okame, and Shichifukujin by TETSU

I was Google-ing about “Hyottoko” and I found a great blog from Japan. TETSU takes many amazing photos, and shares his great works on his blog. The colors are so vivid and fresh, and also have a warm feeling in all of his photos. I can feel the breeze and breath from his compositions.
So, as soon as I found his photos, I contacted him, and Guess What?
We’ll start a new collaboration of photos and Tenugui from now on!

This is our first collaboration “the beauty is in that difference” No.01 – Hyottoko

Hyottoko dance by TETSU

Hyottoko dance by TETSU

Hyottoko is a Japanese unique male character known among the Japanese for more than 900-years. It features a male dancer blowing fire from a bamboo tube, creating a funny faced, comical character. Tetsu took these photos one summer at the festival in Nigata. They performed ,Hyottoko & Okame dance, and also Shichifukujin (Senven Luck God) in their festival. The dancers wore Hyottoko & Okame masks, and use mame-shibori Tenugui as head covers. Tenugui are always a part of our culture for many decades.

Thank you Tetsu-san for sharing your beautiful photos with us!
And… Dear wuhao friends, sending you “the beauty is in that difference”, a part of Japan for you today!

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.42 – Tenugui @ NY Anime Festival

Thursday, October 1st, 2009
Tenugui @ NY Anime Festival
Tenugui @ NY Anime Festival

?We attended the 2009 NY Anime Festival last weekend. It was our first time attending the Anime show, so, I didn’t know exactly how the event would go… It was full of surprises, and a lots of fun there. Let me show you a bit of the NY Anime Festival!

Astro Boy welcomes visitors in the entrance
Astro Boy welcomes visitors in the entrance

?Most of the visitors were dressed up in a variety of unique costumes…. like…..

Cute Cat
Cute Cat
Strong fighter with Giant Panda!
Strong big fighter with a little Panda!
Huga Maids
Huga Maids

And many many fighters….. like…



Since I don’t watch much TV, and believe it or not,? have never played Nintendo or any games in my life, I don’t know any Anime and game characters myself. I learned one character during the show – it’s “NARUTO!” Many Naruto are there, and they look very cool!

Naruto!
Naruto!

And most of all…, I always love to meet our new wuhao friends and old friends during our events. It’s my favorite thing in my work. Thank you very much dear wuhao friends, for visiting at our booth with your Tenugui! It’s always makes me feel warm, and brings such pleasure to see your smile and Tenugui.


And, wuhao big supporter Brooklynbug-san and Ken-san, Thank you so so much for your big help during the event!

See you again very soon, everybody! Love y’all!!!!!

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From Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.41 – wuhaonyc on the Madison Avenue!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
our Tenugui Art booth on the Madison Avenue

our Tenugui Art booth on Madison Avenue

We attended the NYC Japan Street Fair on 8/23 (Sun) with Brooklyn bug New York Vintage. We caught a few drops of rain while setting up our booth, but it mostly stopped during the event, “Thank you Heaven!” Between 43rd and 44th street on Madison avenue, many visitors were wondering around and enjoying Japanese festival spirits there, food, music, performance and… yes, We are wuhaonyc Tenugui Art! Thank you very much for coming to our booth and sharing the beauty of Japanese Tenugui with us!

Yoshiko-san and Miho-san Kimono Beauty

Yoshiko-san and Miho-san Kimono Beauty

?I saw many old friends and new friends since I moved to NYC almost 4-years ago. One of my friends that I met?when I was taking a short course at Columbia University came to our booth and gave us a big Happy surprise! I had not seen her for a while, and she came to the fair with her beautiful baby. Congratulation for your new family!!!
My kimono friends Yoshiko-san and Miho-san came with their beautiful kimono! Tenugui and Kimono beauty, what a perfect couple!

Super wuhao supporter Gosha!

Super wuhao supporter Gosha!

And…. Thanks to our super support staff Gosha-kun! His powerful voice and wonderful performance totally attracted visitors. He is a member of UZUHI, Japanese acoustic punk band and running around the city for their performances. Thank you very much Gosha-kun for your super super SUPER support to us!

Our upcoming event is New York?Anime Fesitival?from 9/25-27 at the Javits Center, NYC. We would like to attend many events showing you the beauty of Tenugui and wuhao styles at the site.
I always love to see my friends and visitors at the booth, and also?YOU,?our dear wuhao Friends!
See you soon again at our upcoming events!!!

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol. 40 – The NYC Japan Street Fair

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
The NYC Japan Street Fair will coming soon!

The NYC Japan Street Fair is coming soon!

We will attend The NYC Japan street fair on 8/23(SUN). It’s the first Japanese street fair at the Daytop Madison Avenue Festival. And of course we are the first Tenugui vendor! Please come and visit our booth when you are around. The fair will be held on Madison Avenue between 43rd street and 44th street, 11am to 6pm rain?or shine! Please?see details at The NYC Japan Street Fair site.

See you very soon!!!

See you very soon!!!

I am so excited about our attending!!!!!! See you very soon!!!!

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.37 – Happy 4th of July from New York

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Hope everybody enjoyed your 4th of July where ever you are. I went to see Macy’s 4th of July fireworks with my dear friends, and this year had on Hudson River. Sending you a short movie of Fireworks that I took last night, you may see a bit of HANABI (firesworks in Japanese) between buildings.

My dear friends Paul, Iza and Jon!

My dear friends Paul, Iza and Jon!

My dear friends Paul, Iza and Jon are very special friends of mine. I met them when I just moved to New York in 2006. So nice to spend this special day with my special friends…
Thank you very much to all for the wonderful night. I am so glad to be here and I remember the night with you as long time….

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.36 – SONNY ROLLINS The Father of Music

Monday, June 15th, 2009


I love Sonny – Sonny Rollins, a Jazz legend Saxophone player, was born in 1930 in New York City. He will be 79 years old this coming September. I went to his concert at Central Park Summer Stage last year with my dear friend. This is a short clip that I took 20-feet away from the stage! Always his horn and music are so special to me, because he makes my heart smile under any circumstance. Through many many many years of his music, still his sounds are always so new and so fascinating. I read an article about Sonny the other day, and I love what he said;
“Life is not just one easy ride – there were a lot of horror times. Being a musician is not the easiest life in the world but I always knew I wanted to be one. I still practice every day and I always knew I am still serching to make a better musical statement. I feel I haven’t really gotten my best work out yet and I’m just so happy to be involved the thing I’ve loved all my life.”
The challenges of the journey of one’s life, doing what they love most all the way to the end. Life is passions, the challenges and the journey of following the passions in my life, the things I love most… Tenugui.
Sonny?is my Father of MUSIC, and “Sonny Please!” let us hear more this year also!

By the way… I have another story to tell you about the night. My friend and I were so happy and almost drunk with Sonny’s sounds after his concert. We walked in the park together… nice romantic summer walk… and guess what? We both fell into a pond in front of the boat house accidentally. Oh, I was so glad that I had a Tenugui to wipe off algae all over our faces. It was the most unforgettable night and my favorite night last summer!

Sending you?a short story for Father’s Day – Happy Father’s Day!

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.31 – Beautiful Day in DC

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
Cherry blossom stream around Tidal Basin - photo by Mune Ishida

Cherry blossom stream around Tidal Basin - photo by Mune

We attended the largest Japanese street festival, 49th Sakura Matsuri in Washington DC on April 04 (Sat). We left our office at 3am and went straight to DC… arrived at 8am. Dark New York night to sunny morning in DC, spring blue sky smiled with…. BIG WIND!

Big wind blew everything away including tents!

Big wind blew everything away including tents!

All the Sakura Matsuri staff members and vendors struggled with big winds for setting up their booth… Finally water tanks came and held the tents on the ground tightly. Oh… please… stop wind…. my prayer like a whisper… unfortunately our tenugui flew around our booth like spring butterflies

people.. people... and more people!

people.. people... and more people!

The festival started at 11am. People.. people… and more people showed up on Pennsylvania Avenue. I am not sure how many visitors came to the festival, but at least 150,000 people were there I guess!

The best smile with her new sakura sakura tenugui

The best smile with her new sakura sakura tenugui

Many people came to our booth. Some of them already knew what is Tenugui, and some did not. One girl and her family visited our Tenugui booth. They picked a plum tree mansion Tenugui and Sakura Sakura Tenugui. I am so happy to see that they really liked their new things “TENUGUI”. I should have asked her name… she has the best smile with her Sakura breezy headband. I named her “My Smiling Angel”.

Cool buddies with Cool wraps!

Cool buddies with Cool wraps!

I forgot to ask their names too… They picked a Kiyoshi Yamashita Tenugui and a Cricket tenugui. “Cool wraps for Cool Buddies” – How handsome they are!

My very special friend Deirdre...

My very special friend Deirdre...

I got a special gift in this event. I have run my own Tenugui business since 2007. We strictly do online business, so no shops in New York. I believe that I could introduce Tenugui through internet worldwide. And also, I believe that I could connect with you through this square computer screen where ever you are. But also… I do know that it makes me so happy more than anything?to meet with wuhao friends – face to face!
Deirdre is one of my customers and she has always a special place in my heart since she sent me an e-mail last year. Deirdre and her husband Kim with their little puppy Fin came to our Tenugui booth without me knowing! How sweet surprise… ?jump out from the square screen and we finally met each other at the Sakura Matsuri! Even more, she brought her favorite Summer Hanabi Tenugui and showing me how much she loves it. Thank you so much for the sweet surprise Deirdre, Kim and Finn! You are always in my heart and you show me what is my life job. I hope and I know that Tenugui always brightens up?our new day. Dear Deirdre, Kim and Finn… please come back and come to see me again next year also. Let’s celebrate the cherry blossoms and our new spring together!

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Super staffs - Izumi and Emi, You are the best!

Super staff - Izumi and Emi, You are the best!

And…. my super staff Izumi and Emi! I know that I could not have done this event without you both. Big wind… thousands thousands people… You both have great spirits and perfect teamwork together. I realized that any kind of job cannot be done without support…, have to have a great team! Thank you very much for your wonferful work, Izumi-chan and Emi-chan. I am so glad to meet you both and hope see you again soon!

And thank you very much Japan America Society of Washington DC for giving us this great oppotinity to show our Tenugui!!!

Beautiful Day in DC… I found what I would like to do for my future with my Tenugui. And most of all… face to face… with voice, with expression, with smile and with hug… we really need that for our life.

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling vol.30 – Sakura Matsuri in Washington DC

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

March 20 is Shun-bun (春分) in Japan. In the day of Shunbun, day and night are exactly the same length because of where the sun is located.?People celebrate the new?spring… animals wake up?from a long hibernation… greens start to grow and flowers bloom everywhere.
Sakura?is cherry blossoms in Japanese. The cherry blossoms have started blooming last week in Japan, and it’s almost time to bloom here in US.?
The Sakura Matsuri in Washington DC – Japanese Street Festival is now the largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture in the United States. And it will be held on April 04 (Sat) this year.
And….
We are very pleased to inform you that we will attend to Sakura Matsuri in DC as a Tenugui vendor this year. The short movie by Mindsfireproduction?above, is the Sakura Matsuri 2008. And you can see?our Tenugui booth there, our first year attending! ?
Stretching for nearly one mile through the streets of downtown Washington DC, from near the White House to FBI headquarters, the Sakura Matsuri is held each spring. On good weather days, it has drawn over 140,000 visitors in 7 hours. Please find more detail about the Sakura matsuri from the link below.

Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. official site

Please come and visit at the Sakura Matsuri Washington DC, and of course I will be there!

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Tenugui mumbling vol.28 – Reborn wuhaonyc.com – Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club

Monday, March 2nd, 2009
my ohinasama - obina (male doll) and mebina (female doll) a couple dolls is closely sitting together.

my ohinasama - obina (male doll) and mebina (female doll) a couple dolls closely sit together.

Hina-matsuri is the girl’s festival on March 3rd in Japan, when the birth of girls is celebrated and wishes are expressed for their future happiness. These hina-ningyo (dolls) are mine and came all the way to New York. My aunt Yachiyo made them when I was born in Osaka, Japan. A couple of dolls have been traveling with me all over the world… wow,?they have?been away from Japan 25-years this year! I know that they have seen many chapters of my life… Please see more about Hina-matsuri on our page from here

snow in March - walk to begining of spring

snow in March - walk to the beginning of spring (st)!

Great news to you! Reborn wuhao newyork Tenugui Art!
Yes, Finally our site has moved to a new web-hosting server. Did you notice how clear all photos and pages look? We’ve upgraded many new programs and functions also, so it’s more fun and secure to shop at our site.

And more,
To celebrate our new site, we’ve reduced most of our tenugui 10 – 20%!!! So… everybody!
Please celebrate with us… Looking forward to happy spring!

wuhao friend gab-chan with wuhao natural indigo tenugui

wuhao friend gab-chan with wuhao natural indigo tenugui

wuhaonyc.com is on Facebook now! We’ve created Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club to share everything about Japanese Tenugui with Tenugui Lovers. Please come and join our Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club- “Yes, Wonder of Tenugui!”

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling vol.26 – Smile from New York – Japan Art Matsuri, Kimono de Night and Presidential inauguration 2009

Friday, January 23rd, 2009
Japan Art Matsuri 2008 at Greenpoint Brooklyn

Japan Art Matsuri 2008 at the Polish & Slavic Center Greenpoint Brooklyn photo by Motoyuki Ishibashi

We joined Japan Art Matsuri 2008 (JAM2008) last November in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. JAM is an annual Japanese contemporary festival that is organized by Faune Dance Trope, who were celebrating 6th season. Many talented Japanese performers such as musicians, dancers, and artists who live in New York get together and share their amazing performances. This was our first show with JAM and we are so proud of ourselves to be their Tenugui vendor. I surely enjoyed showing our Tenugui Art and watching such energetic performances with an audience. It was the most remarkable Japanese festival for talented young artists in New York.
I would like to thank very much the Faune Dance Trope and JAM supporters that gave us a great opportunity. And many thanks to all the performers and the audience for sharing your great spirit with us… and bringing me a big smile!

kimono de night at tango

kimono de Night at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Kimono de Night is a monthly event that is organized by Feather Stone LLC ( Kumi Haneishi/President ). Most of the event members are Ms. Haneishi’s students and have taken lessons “HOW TO WEAR KIMONO YOURSELF”. Kimono is part of Japan’s great culture, that has many traditional values as well as complicated rules. It sounds silly but most of my generation can’t wear Kimono by ourselves even though we grew up in Japan. That was true for myself until I met Kumi-sensei.
She creates these events for the Kimono Lovers in New York to enjoy the Art of Kimono and also to encourage them to wear it themselves. So, we get together once a month with our beautiful Kimonos and have dinner or go to see performances like Opera, Dance, or even a comedy show. I always enjoy her events with my kimono, that has been handed down in my family that have many memories and stories. For instance, my mother wore it when she visited her future mother-in-law (my grandma) the first time, my aunt wore it when she came to see new born baby (me), and my grandmother wore it when she attended the ceremony of my grandfather’s receiving emperor’s medal… all Kimono are so special for me. And see! I use my Tenugui on my Kimono collar and enjoy my own style now. I am sure my Kimono is smiling the same as I do… and Yes, here in New York!

My dearest Kumi-sensei and Me! <br>I use my Tenugui on my Kimono collar as a new style.

My dearest Kumi-sensei and Me! I use my Tenugui on my Kimono collar as a new style.

January 20, 2009… It was a moment of history in the United State. I don’t like to watch too much TV, because it is too much information to me and also so negative. But I watched all day during inauguration and saw big shinny smile on all of America’s face. We all have many difficult problems and bad days in the midst of crisis. But I do believe that each of our SMILES will help us bring HOPE to pursue the new coming days…

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From: Ruri