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Tenugui mumbling Vol.86 – Smile to the Wold – The Tokyo Circus

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

I met Yoshi at the Japanese Street Festival in New York. Since then, I am a big fan of Yoshi and the Tokyo Circus.

The Tokyo Circus?is an international performance group led by Yoshi. They perform on the street,?or clubs and events, sending positive messages to?strangers. They believe that a “smile” will bring?happiness and peace under any circumstance. Their very simple philosophy touched my heart very deeply.?I?realized that we had a common dream, namely, “to make people smile and happy,”? Yoshi by?an innocent performance, me by a?simple rectangular cloth, Tenugui.?” – from Tenugui mumbling Vol.84 First laugh of the Year

Please?check The Tokyo Circus official site for more movies and stories about them.

The theme of this clip: “Life is a Circus” and “Live with your Passion”

tuxedo

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.84 – Key to my Heart

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
key to my heart Tenugui and chocolate!

key to my heart Tenugui and chocolate!

Hope everybody had a great Valentine’s Day!?

It?is?the nice day to remember someone loves you very much. I got yellow roses, key to my heart tenugui and a chocolate from my dear friend. Who has a key to your Heart?

We feel a hint of Spring on the street in the Big Apple. Hoping we will have a key to Spring very soon!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Tenugui Fans!

frog-prince

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.83 – First Laugh of the Year

Monday, January 31st, 2011

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Big crowds on the beach photo by Janis Wilkins

Big crowds on the beach photo by Janis Wilkins

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First laugh of the year - photo by Kenji Mori

First laugh of the year photo by Kenji Mori

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Freezin for a reason photo by Kenji Mori

Freezin for a reason photo by Kenji Mori

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We did it! photo by Janis Wilkins

We did it! photo by Janis Wilkins

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Tokyo Circus Ringmaster Yoshi photo by Janis Wilkins

Tokyo Circus Ringmaster Yoshi with mame-shibori Tenugui photo by Janis Wilkins

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Tokyo Circus member Epic Nobu photo by Janis Wilkins

Tokyo Circus member Epic Nobu with No.1 Hachimaki photo by Janis Wilkins

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Tokyo Circus Ninja Nozomi photo by Janis Wilkins

Tokyo Circus Ninja Nozomi with stripe tenugui fundoshi photo by Janis Wilkins

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Ruri with Bathtime manegi photo by Janis Wilkins

Ruri with Bathtime manegi and First Sunrise Tenugui as a Tenugui Bikini photo by Janis Wilkins

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Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins

Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins

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Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins

Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins

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Polar Bear Metro guy photo by Janis Wilkins

Polar Bear Metro guy photo by Janis Wilkins

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One sunny day, I displayed fundoshi in our booth at the Japan Town Street Fair Fall 2010. Fundoshi is?Japanese men’s traditional underwear.? I had recently discovered one and I wanted to?see how people?reacted about Tenugui fundoshi.?I?really?loved it, but I didn’t know how to display it for our Tenugui fans, as I am a girl…

A strange guy came to our booth with?a Japanese samurai wig with a mame-sibori hachimaki (dots print headband) on top of his wig. He was wearing a monkey outfit and had?a hand-written cardboard hanging around his neck, which read: “Your Smile is Beautiful”.? It turns out he was ?Yoshi the Ringmaster of the Tokyo Circus. He took a?Tenugui fundoshi and put it on in the middle of the street and showed it to the crowd.? It was the day of the Tenugui Fundoshi debut!

The Tokyo Circus?is an international performance group led by Yoshi. They perform on the street,?sending positive messages to?strangers. They believe that a “smile” will bring?happiness and peace under any circumstance. Their very simple philosophy touched my heart very deeply.?I?realized that we had a common dream, namely, “to make people smile and happy,”? Yoshi by?an innocent performance, me by a?simple rectangular cloth, Tenugui.??????

I had been thinking about attending the?Coney Island Polar Bears Club?Annual New Year’s?Swim.??The Polar Bears Club is the oldest winter bath organization in the US. ?After meeting Yoshi I began wondering if there was a way to put?Tenugui together with the Tokyo Circus, since we?have a similar dream.?I told my friends that I was?joining the Polar Bears, and all of them said, “Are you crazy?”

“Why not,”? I thought to myself.? In Japan, we have a?ritual whereby people?soak in the cold winter?water both to?discipline their perseverance and pray for a healthy year. Wouldn’t this be the same??

We went, froze and had a great time!?

“Hatsu-warai” means first laugh of the year. We believe?if we have a laugh on the first day of the year, we’ll be full of?laugher all year.

Here we go!
Freezin for a reason…. for your smile and happiness all year around!

Thank you Tokyo Circus for making this event?come true. ?And thank you very much Kenji-san, Janis, and Shinobu-san?for the beutiful photos to remember this beautiful moment.
You can see more amazing photos on our Facebook Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club page! Check it out now!!!!!

By the way, Tenugui fundoshi will be available on March at wuhaonyc.com

smile

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From Ruri

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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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.77 – Kanpai with your Tenugui

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Scott Kippenbrock - the great man in universe

Scott Kippenbrock - the great man in the universe

Today is a very special day for Kippenbrock family and friends…

Scott was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2002 while living in Shanghai, China with me. After a lengthy but courageous battle with this insidious disease, he passed away October 11th, 2005 in Texas.

He always made people laugh and smile in any circumstance… in the subway station, airport, bar, restaurant, work, hospital… and of course our home. It was very important for him to “Make You Happy”, and so, he was very happy himself to receive smile from others. It’s a very simple way to be happy, “If you are happy, I am happy”.

Since he went to Heaven, our family and friends have been moving on to next stage of our life in many different places in the world. I know sure that he is always watching over us, cheers us up, and make us smile in many different ways…

I always think that I want to be a person like him… strong, warm and has a big heart and love…
And I would like to “Make You Happy” through Tenugui and my web site.

For Scott Kippenbrock… You are a great man in the universe…

Kanpai!

-drinking-red-wine

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.76 – I love your Smile!

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
Janet is wearing Ginko Tenugui as her head cover, tie a bow on side make her own elegant style.

Janet is wearing Ginko Tenugui as her head cover, ties a bow on the side, makes her own elegant style.

I received an e-mail from Janet yesterday. As soon as I opened my mail, her bright smile shined up on my computer screen.

She found our site through Yuriko, who runs Kimono Lily. Janet has been their good customer for years. Since under going chemo therapy, she is always looking for new ways to cover her head. Yuriko sent her to our site, and she found Tenugui as a new head wrap.

She told me that many tenugui designs have been very meaningful for her, and surely enjoys the beauty of Tenugui, everyday.

I love your Smile very much, Janet-san.
Life is very beautiful like your smile, and I am so glad that we have connected together through the internet, and through Tenugui… and most of all, through your Beautiful Smile.

blow-kiss

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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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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.68 – Tenugui @ Starbucks?!

Friday, June 18th, 2010
Simon-sam wears his tenugui @ his work!

Simon-san wears his tenugui @ his work!

Tenugui @ Starbucks!!!! Simon is from NY and he works at Starbucks. One day he was chatting with his co-worker on Japanese festivities, and somehow Tenugui came up during their conversation.

Several days later, he went down to St. Marks place ( @ East Village, is located east downtown in Manhattan, and there are a number of Japanese restaurants there!) for Udon (Japanee noodle)?and Yakitori (Japanese BBQ), and saw some of the kitchen staff wearing tenugui as their chef hats.
So, Simon asked them about their tenugui and then he visited a web-site called Chopsticks NY. Chopsticks NY is a free?magazine and ?web-site, introducing Japanese culture, restaurants, shops, and much more information in greater New York.

So,?Simon found our site through chopsticksNY, and now~~~ Ladies and Gentleman!!!!
Welcome to Japanese Tenugui Fan Club! He loves tenugui now!

Simon-san, you look so handsome with your Wood tenugui, and the color is perfectly matching @ your work. Great Pick!!!! Thank you very much for sharing your tenugui story with us.

I always love to hear Tenugui story from all over the world.
How about your tenugui story?????

Thumbs Up

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Tenugui mumbling Vol.43 – Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Japanese Tenugui Art

Please join us @ Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club on Facebook!

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