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Tenugui mumbling Vol.58 – Tenugui Magic Tenugui bouquet

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Tenugui can be used many different ways. Here is an idea for Valentine’s gift to someone very special!
Miss Froggie and I show you how to make “Tenugui Bouquet” for coming Valentine’s day.

Happy Valentine’s Day, wuhao friends!!!!!

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From: Ruri

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!!!

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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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Tenugui mumbling Vol.35 – Dots Dots Tenugui in summer style

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
hand printed dots polo-tee with blue dots Tenugui

hand printed polo-tee with blue polka dots and Tenugui

Sky is blue and trees are green… Yes, it’s almost summer in New York. Here are some fashion tips for your summer – dots dots summer style!

perfect coordinate - polka dots polo tee with blue dots tenugui

perfect coordinate - polka dots polo tee with blue dots tenugui

This handsome polo shirts came from Japanese brand “CASSAVES”, each are hand-printed, just like our Blue dots Tenugui! You may purchase this polo at ALOHA RAG (505 Greenwich street, NY, NY), and AR staff, James, shows you how to coordinate them together!

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A bubble tenugui uses as a scarf

A bubble tenugui makes a great scarf

I bought this white sheer tank at ALOHA RAG?also. The summer white dots make my bubble tenugui look more colorful. I love using tenugui as a scarf and also as a head accessory.

Uses a bubble tenugui as a head wrap

Use a bubble tenugui as a head wrap

Simply wrap your head with a Bubble Tenugui, add summer feeling in to your whole outfit. And of course tenugui will protect you from sunlight also!

Dots Dots Tenugui in early summer style, would you like to try some?

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Tenugui mumbling vol.29 – Tenugui ideas by wuhao friend – Treasure box

Saturday, March 14th, 2009
Tenugui treasure box by Masayo-san
Tenugui treasure box by Masayo-san
put sweet memories into your treasure box

Let's put sweet memories into your treasure box

I always enjoy hearing from our wuhao friend. I met Masayo-san last month at the Kimono event. We had a chance to share a cab after the event. We simply introduced each other and enjoyed the night ride in Manhattan. We talked about many things… the performance we saw, living in NY, girl’s things… and also about tenugui.
Tenugui is very popular in Japan, so most families always have tenugui around them… in the bathroom, in the kitchen, or even in their handbags. Tenugui are always around… just like the love of a famiy.
Masayo-san told me that she made a treasure box with her old tenugui. These photos are of her treasure box. She put new life and style into her old tenugui… just so amazing how she made it!
Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful tenugui box with us. Masayo-san is a graphic designer in NY and you can see her works at the site www.abombinabull.com .

I have a treasure box in my home. Much love and memories are in my box. Photos, birthday candles and cards, new year’s tiara, rose petals, easter bunny, notes from my love, and my favorite tenugui … and many more treasures will come to my box!!!

Do you have a treasure box?
I think you do… special treasures that warm your heart…

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Tenugui mumbling vol.27 – Valentine’s Day at Tiffany’s

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
Tiffany's show window

Tiffany's show window

I always love to visit Tiffany’s. Maybe it’s because I love “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, or because I love the character of?Holly Golightly, and that we have some shared experiences.?We both?moved to New York from Texas to start our new lives.

Tiffany's front door

Tiffany's front door

As soon as I enter Tiffany’s revolving door, the elegant doorman is waiting and says “Welcome to Tiffany’s”. He always has that Tiffany’s smile on his face. I walk straight to the elevator and?again hear, “Welcome to Tiffany’s” from the gentle elevator man greeting me so nicely.

What do I always do at Tiffany’s?
l visit their Customer Service Center?on the?6th floor and have my jewelry cleaned. The luxurious and spacious room is very elegant, and simply gorgeous. As I am waiting on the sofa, I become calm and relaxed. There is much stress surrounding us constantly in New York, but not in Tiffany’s! The time flows gently and elegantly. The personal customer service lady takes my jewelry and gives them a nice special bath, and bring new shinny life into them.
I wish that someday my Tenugui will be like Tiffany’s – and that brighten your day!

Valentine’s day is very soon! Please send a warm message to your special someone to express your sweet love… But first of all, send a big Valentine’s Hug to yourself for being yourself!

Happy Valentine’s day!

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling vol.14 – Gemstone – Japanese Design “Accessory”

Sunday, February 10th, 2008
How to tie tenugui? The gordon pre-school students are trying to tie their tenugui.

How to tie tenugui? The gordon pre-school students are trying to tie their tenugui.

How to tie Tenugui? Adorable photo from The Gordon School .

We received adorable photos from The Gordon School! The pre-school students enjoyed the Tenugui in Mrs. Dumville’s class. Mrs. Dumville showed them how to wear, how to wrap.. And then all students have come up with many different uses for Tenugui ? a bed for their pet, wrapping up a doll or toy, using Tenugui on the table, etc… I believe that the children are GEMSTONE. They have millions billions possibilities in their brain. Art and Music are very important education for them to discover their creativities. I hope that all children will be able to get?more support for their education under any circumstance. And wish we could give more oppotinity to discover and provide their artistic talents.., They are our precious GEMSTONES…

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Hug Me Salt and Pepper Shakers

Don’t miss this special campaign, first 10 ? customers to purchase our Tenugui on-line before till this coming Valentine’s Day will receive Free Hug Me Salt and Pepper Shakers! We still have a few more left! Hurry up and send a sweet HUG to your Valentine!

The Gordon School – composition #06 ? Accessory -

“Accessory”

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My tenugui shows pictures of earrings, rings, and blacelets.

Jewelry is a favorite accessory of mine. When you put images of accessories on an accessory, like this Tenugui, it makes it much more unique!

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Students artist wearing Tenugui design “Accessory”

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Mumbling date on February 10, 2008

Tenugui mumbling vol.10 – It’s shopping time! – Japanese Design “Shopping”

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

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My favorite shop also with a bow! (at Rodeo Drive, LA)
I visited LA last week, blue sky and Christmas decoration, lovely collaboration!

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The Christmas tree at Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
The most elegant Christmas tree in New York.

It’s a shopping time!

Please don’t miss this special campaign – Special Sales 15% off – Only ten days!

We are so excited to inform you that our new special campaign for this holiday season! The certain items are 15% off from our online shopping price during December 01 (Sat) till December 10 (Mon), 10-days only! Please check our online shopping catalog in our site for the sales items.

Message Card – Your message with Tenugui to your Family and Friends!

We take your message, and will arrange your message card for your order. It is very simple. Just write your message in the “add comments about your order” after check out your order in our online shopping. We will arrange a message card to your recipients with your order. So, you don’t need to go to the store to get a card, or even you don’t need to go to post offce to wait for long line as well!! We will save your money and your time!

And don’t forget our Free Shipping campaign for certain order also. Please find the more detail on Tenugui mumbling vol.08 about your Free Shipping.

Here is an another composition “Tenugui Project – Japanese Design” from The Gordon School (Providence, RI), Please enjoy her wonderful artwork!

The Gordon School – composition #02 – Shopping


“Shopping”

Shopping is a big part of my life- and I really enjoy it. My tenugui shows a flip-flop, purse, shopping bag and a dress. I think these items express shopping well because the shoes and dress are things you buy, the purse symbolizes the money you need and the bag is to hold everything.


Student Artist wearing “Shopping”

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Mumbling date on December 02, 2007

Tenugui mumbling vol.09 – Tenugui Project – Japanese Design

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

The Gordon School (Providence, RI)
Mrs. Dumville and her students

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Their artworks

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We got a letter from The Gordon School (Providence, RI) . I am so excited to showcase their projects on our web-site. This is the program in Mrs. Dumville’s class about “Japanese Design”. Their Tenugui show wonderful creativity by each student and it totally amazes me. I would like to introduce a new series on our Tenugui blog: their art program, Tenugui project and Japanese Design class. The first episode is the letter from Mrs. Dumville “Toni’s Tenugui Story”, which is a beautiful collaboration between Tenugui and The Gordon school art class. And also check out the composition “Trick or Treat”.

- The letter from Mrs. Tori Dumville -

“Toni’s Tenugui Story”

I vividly remember the first time I saw a Tenugui. As a participant in the 2007 Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund program for teachers, I had been given the honor to visit Japan for the first time. Eager to see an expansive view of the city at night, I walked from my hotel to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and rode the elevator up 220 meters to the observation tower. June 13th at 10 in the evening, the city lights dazzled forever. But, my true inspiration would be found in the adjacent gift shop. Hydrangea blooms in colors of blue, gold and lavenders were crisply printed on pure white cotton. Folded and wrapped in acetate, it caught my eye and captured my imagination. Soon, I noticed a charming collection of assorted designs. What were these pieces of cloth? Opened up, I could see the edges were unfinished and the fabric quite soft and supple. I spent my first yen on three pieces – the hydrangea, a pattern of blue and white geometric forms, and a bold graphic design with zig zags and stripes in gray and red. It would be a while before I would discover the story behind these delightful textiles and the role they would play in my teaching. They were everywhere in Tokyo now. Men were wearing them in the Tsukiji Fish Market as they filleted tuna. In store windows, bottles of sake were wrapped in spotted cloth. My visit to the Open Air Architecture Museum provided me with some answers. The shop contained many marvelous pieces and a handbook about Tenugui.

When I returned home from Japan in early July, I was curious to know if anyone was selling Tenugui in the states. I happily discovered Ruri and her marvelous company, wuhao newyork Inc. I am grateful for her energy, enthusiasm and sincere interest in my desire to learn about Japanese culture and my work with students.

As an art instructor at the Gordon School in East Providence, RI., I designed a course this fall, called “Japanese Design” to expose students to Japanese aesthetics and culture. I introduced my middle school students to the tradition and craft of Tenugui. In the art studio, they were challenged to design a piece using images from American culture. Their individual Tenugui had to reflect their interests and experiences. Since I could not use the traditional Japanese methods for printing on fabric, I decided to teach them the technique of silk-screening. After they designed a repeat pattern, they cut our stencils to apply to screens. Students were asked to carefully select a color pallete, keeping in mind the theme and emotional quality of their particular design. The studio was filled with excitement, hard work and camaraderie as thirteen-year-old students experimented with ideas, inks and fabric to create functional art inspired by an ancient Japanese tradition. We hope you like these one of a kind Tenugui.

Toni Dumville

The Gordon School – composition #01 – Trick or Treat

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The design for my Tenugui represents the stereotypical Halloween characters! A ghost, the devil, a bone and a skull are the usual suspects for classic costumes.

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Student Artist wearing “Trick or Treat”

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From Ruri

Mumbling date on November 13, 2007