wuhaonyc.com TENUGUI ONLINE SHOP

wuhaonyc Newsletter



Ruri Kippenbrock


Archive for the ‘history’ Category

Tenugui Mumbling Vol.121 – Congratulation Mt. Fuji \(*v*)/

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

mt_fuji_and_wave1

Mt. Fuji granted the UNESCO World Heritage site yesterday! Japan’s the most highest mountain and celebrated peak has been loved by people who came around the world in many centuries. We are so excited and would like to celebrate Mt. Fuji with all Tenugui Fans together :-)

hokusai_uchiwa_2

First 10-customers order online will receive a Free Hokusai Mini Uchiwa (see the photos). The mini uchiwa was made with Japanese washi paper, and printed one of the great Ukiyo-e piece “Mt. Fuji seen below a wave at Kanagawa” from his collection of the 36- great views of Mt. Fuji.
And don’t forget, we have great collection of Hokusai Ukiyo-e tenugui at our site always!

curious_uchiwa_1

Only 10 uchiwa is available, so please hurry up and get your Hokusai mini uchiwa now!
* The campaign will be ended after received the 10th order online without a  notice.

Enjoy your summer with Mt. Fuji Tenugui!

- to be continued…

Hurry Up

From: Ruri

 

 

 

Tenugui mumbling Vol.110 – Tenugui Noren

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Tenugui Fan Yolin's Tenugui Noren

Tenugui Fan Yolin made Tenugui noren with two First Sunrise Tenugui

Tenugui Fan Yolin sent us a photo to sharing his Tenugui Noren with us! He used two First Sunrise Tenugui, and made a hem on the top of Tenugui for a rod. Can you see details on his Noren?? The cloud lined up together, cranes are flying toward each other… you know why? Because he used one tenugui face up, and the other uses reverse side, that is why he can made this detailed design. Only Japanese chusen tenugui can make this amazing trick!

Two cherry blossom tenugui can make a big one tree!

Two cherry blossom tenugui can make a big one tree!

Check this photo! I framed two Cherry Blossom tenugui, one is face up, and the other uses reverse side, and hang them on the wall next together. What you see on the wall?? Yes, one big Cherry Tree!

Japanese Chusen method came up over 100 years ago. Using this special dye method, and we can be able to dye both face and reverse side, dye through colors both side. That is why, chusen tenugui can make this special trick!

It’s a Tenugui Magic, Viva Tenugui \(*v*)/

- to be continued…

From: Ruri
SmileyCentral.com

Tenugui mumbling Vol.108 – MONO of the Month @ Chopsticks NY

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

MONO of the month – TENUGUI

TENUGUI is on the MONO of the month @ CHOPSTICKS NY

TENUGUI is on the MONO of the month @ CHOPSTICKS NY

TENUGUI is on the MONO of the Month Vol.27 at CHOPSTICKS NY. MONO (物) means a stuff, a thing, a object, also a person ( in the differnent font 者) in Japanese. CHOPSTICKS NY introduce you variety of Japanese culture, traditions, foods, and products through their monthly magazines, and their web-site.

Please check it out CHOPSTICKS NY November issue, you’ll find TENUGUI STORY on their monthly article MONO-LOGUE, also you can find their web-site \(*v*)/

VIVA TENUGUI!!!!!

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

SmileyCentral.com

Tenugui mumbling Vol.44 – Tenugui Magic Vol.02 Hyottoko Dance

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Tenugui can be used many different ways. Our “Hyottoko Tenugui” is a very unique one, it has two eye holes on it, so you may use it as a mask. It will be your great Halloween mask. We made a short movie of the “Hyottoko Dance”?for?you…

The Hyottoko Dance is a Japanese traditional dance dating back more than 900 years. It features a male dancer blowing fire from a bamboo tube, creating a funny faced, comical character called Hyottoko, which has been loved by the Japanese. It may also include a female character called “Okame”, and of course we have a “Okame Tenugui” on our site as well!
In the video, the dancer is wearing Hyottoko Tenugui and Tenugui Fundoshi (Japanese traditional underwear… coming soon at our site) in Central Park, hopefully brings you a laugh of magic from New York!

I always believe that Good foods, Daily Exercises, Many Laughes, and Love… bring healthy life to your day.
A laugh of magic, Happy Halloween, everybody!!!

- to be continued…

From Ruri

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!”

- to be continued…

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…

- to be continue…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling vol.23 – “Life” and “Hope” – Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 26th, 2008
cathedral parkway subway station

cathedral parkway subway station

I would like to send short stories to you on this special day…
I often ask myself “what is the meaning of life?”, and I have never had an answer for it.
I saw a homeless man was sleeping on the other side of platform when I wait for my subway to work every morning. He was always there on the same spot at the station and I just wondered what the meaning of life meant to him…
The night before Christmas, I was standing in my same place?at the station but he was not there …

Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square Holiday Market

We have many different faces and life...

We have many different faces and life...

I went to the Holiday Market at? Union Square last week. Many colorful vendors tents show us holiday cheers, even while?we have been struggling during these bad economy situations.
A weired looking old man was sitting on the stairs with his layerd rotten clothes and looked at me. I thought that he wanted to ask me for a quater or a penny, instead he gave me the most beautiful smile and said; “Happy Holidays!” I was shocked by his holiday greeting instead of asking me for some change, and soon I was embarrassed myself… Then he said; “Have a nice day, Lady!” I smiled and said; “Happy Holidays!”

the statue of liberty from the riverside park

the statue of liberty from the riverside park

It’s the Kippenbrock’s Christmas tradition to watch the movie “It’s a wonderful life” on the Christmas Eve since 1995. I skipped a few Christmas since I moved to New York but I watched it this year. As you know, this movie shows us Christmas Blessing, Family Bond… etc. I found a very important message last night that I had never gotten before… “What would this world be like if you were not here?”

I went to see Milk, the movie about Harvey Milk?this afternoon. I was deeply touched about him and his life, and it made me think about Life, Religion, Human Rights, and HOPE. I think that religion and politics should not be talked about at the same place, but unfortunately it happens often. Harvey Milk’s great work was not just for gay rights but for all people and their equality. He left us with “H-O-P-E” in our hearts.
Many good and unexpecting things have been happening in the world. “LIFE” and “HOPE” …?
I believe that each one of us has special meaning and I wish that we will always have “HOPE” in our hearts.??

These movies were perfect to see on this special day, and with my special one… Thank you for being here…

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2008

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2008

Radio City on Christmas Day

Radio City on Christmas Day

Thank you very much for all your supports to us and Tenugui this year.

Best Wishes to all…. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

?

- to be continued….

From Ruri

Tenugui mumbling vol.16 – “Tenugui and Klut” collaboration from Sweden – Japanese Design “Spring Cat”

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
Swedish traditional head garment Klut

Swedish traditional head garment Klut

A picture showing three traditional head garments from the shoutheast of Scania – Osterlen

?


A picture showing a married woman wearing the “klut” from Ingelstad and in full dress.

We got a letter from Sweden! The Osterlens Museum had an exhibition called “Tenugui and Klut”, about meeting between the Japanese Tenugui and the traditional head garment “Klut” from the south of Sweden.

I am personally very amazed to know about traditional connections between Japan and Sweden. We made three episodes from their letter and intoroduce you?”East meet West” Osterlens Museum’s artworks from our web-site; The First episode “About Klut” ? The Second episode “Tenugui meet Klut” ? and The Third episode “Traditional Paralels Tenugui and Klut”. Thank you very much Osterlens Museum for sharing your wonderful compositions with us. Please enjoy “East meet West ? Tenugui and Klut” from Sweden!?

First Episode ? About Klut -

Until around 1850 married women in the southeast of Scania (Skane) always wore a “klut”, a kind of head garment. In the traditional agricultural society a woman’s hair was considered as a sexual symbol and should be covered. On and everyday basis a kind of head scarf was used but at special occasions, on holidays and such, the “klut” was decorated with a great amount of lace and embroideries. These garments were always made of white linen. The different areas had different style on the head garment. The biggest and most ornamented was the one that came from the Ingelstad district. Here the matron of the house had maybe as many as fifteen different kinds of “Klut”, the oldest one she wore when she cleaned out the chimney ? that head garment didn’t stay white… Women commonly covered their head with a headscarf all the way into the 1960’s, and still do keeping the hat or scarf in church with influence of traditional extension.

New composition is here from The Gordon School. Please enjoy her adorable Tenugui art!

The Gordon School – composition #08 ? Spring Cat -

“Spring Cat”

?


A precious pink flower with a sleeping cat is the perfect combination for springtime. The small red circle tops the design off! This Tenugui is dedicated to my mom for her love of Spring ? and my cat for giving me inspiration.

?


Students artist wearing “Spring Cat”

- to be continued…

From Ruri

Mumbling date on April 03, 2008

Tenugui mumbling vol.04 – 1mm of difference

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

?

Kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theatre. Ka (歌) means Sing, Bu(舞) means Dance, and Ki(伎) means Skill. Heisei Nakamura-za performed at Lincoln Center in New York from July 16 to 22. My family name in Japanese is uncommon, and my friends and even my family said I am not like Japanese the way I am, although, I have 100% pure Japanese blood (but with low blood pressure). Anyway, I have never seen a Kabuki performance in my life. Perhaps because I was nice to a homeless person or maybe the stars aligned for me that day. I was able to get a free ticket for the play “Hokaibo” (Thank you Vanilla Graphics!!!!!) only 30-minutes before the performance began. I jumped on the subway and dashed over to Lincoln Center, and the play had just started. Needless to say, I didn’t even have enough time to go to the bathroom before the performance.

?


Amazing, amazing, amazing; the story was so funny, and so was their acting. I couldn’t believe how beautiful their costumes were, how fresh the colors were, how attractive Kabuki actors are, how detailed their stage was, how interesting their music is… Most of all, the Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura’s eyes had so much emotion a 1mm of difference of expression; For me, he is art and symbolized the beauty of Japan. I could not imagine the effort and sacrifice they make in their daily lives. They have carried this traditional Japanese theatre through their family for many generations. I laughed, I smiled, I was scared, and I cried. It was not because nature was calling so badly, but rather because I was so impressed in Kabuki that 1mm of difference made whole thing perfect. Someday I would like to make Tenugui that has 1mm of difference from any other Tenugui. 1mm of difference, that is art and it makes everything perfect.

- to be continued…

From Ruri mumbling dated on August 01, 2007