Today is the big day of people living in America, or maybe in entire world…. inauguration 2017…
Sometime we feel fear when it comes something not known, or change that will affect our life,
I feel very afraid and worry about America and world today…
As I am a small business owner and an immigrant, and making and selling Japanese product in United State of America.
What will change for import duty? What will change foreign currency?
Small business tax? health insurance? Humans rights? Women’s right? etc. etc….
I have been very concerned and sensitive for these topics last few months.
And today…. I am very depressed… not like typical me….
I love America and New York very much, giving me so much Hope to live in my dream here.
No place like in New York, each of people has all different back ground, races, culture, language etc etc….
and we all mingled nicely and equally.
All my wishes are, We can have Hope, Love, Peace and Equality for every single person living their life in this world.
I am wishing that we could enjoy beautiful Cherry Blossom in D.C. this coming Spring, where all trees are came from Japan and standing there very long time peacefully….
Beautiful Flower Arrangement with Tenugui by Janet
I just received a beautiful flower from Janet-san. She is a Tenugui fan and also a cancer survivor. We introduced her on our site before, and will celebrate her three years anniversary of Cancer Free very soon!
I have never seen Garlic Fireworks Flower in my life, so this is it! The shape of Garlic Flower is so lively, and love the elegant natural curve on the stem. Janet-san decorate with a blue base and her favorite Tenugui, what a beautiful decoration!
Thank you very much Janet-san to sharing your beautiful Flower Decoration with us.
And I am very happy to celebrate your three years anniversary together here!
Sending Heart cards and Tenugui to the survivors of Japan earthquake and Tsunami
I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Project booth at Hong Kong International School on April 16th
Full of Hearts made by HKIS students
wearing I HEART JAPAN Tenugui to show support for Japan!
Thank you for your BIG help for Japan
Receiving Kokoro Cards and Tenugui from all over the world….
Fukkou Shokudo is the event to support the survivors, serving foods, present performances and supplies.
Fukkou means Reconstruct, and Shokudou means Restaurant... They serve warm foods and variety of performances to the survivors.
100 of Kokoro cards and Tenugui set on the table
The survivors received your Kokoro cards and Tenugui
Man Do E (ten thousands lights memorial service) in Ishinomaki, Iwate on September 11th
memorial service for the Japan earthquake and Tsunami after six months from the disasters
Massage service to the survivors by volunteers under the tents
foot bath service for the survivors under the tent
photo time with Bravo Nakatani (magician) and Kokorocards with tenugui
Thank you very much for your support?of I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Project. We sent a total 131 Kokoro cards and Tenugui to the survivors as of today.
Our first delivery was Kiri Kiri, Ootsui-cho, Iwate on June 12th. They had an event called “Fukkou Shokudo”, “Fukkou” means “Reconstruct”, and “Shokudo” means “Restaurant”. They are a supporting organization of Japan earthquake and Tsunami, visiting town to town, and serve warm foods and present performances to the survivors. On June 12th, they visited Ootsui-cho, and more than 300 visitors came to the event to enjoy foods and entertainment.
Niikawa-osho is a priest of the Ho-sho-ji temple, Akita and he attended as a volunteer staff to the Fukkou Shokudo, and?brought your Kokoro cards and Tenugui to the survivors. He told me that all kokoro cards and tenugui went to their hands?within ten minutes after setting them on the table. They enjoyed the touch of Tenugui, and also received your Kokoro then.
Amazing musicians Ria and Norishige came to Fukkou Shokudo that day. Norishige came from Kiri Kiri, and he lost his family members?during the?Tsunami. He found a guitar under the rubbled house, and made a song “Let’s walk” ….
Our second delivery was September 11th to Ishinomaki-city, Iwate. It was a memorable day in the U.S., and also Japan. They had a special memorial service called “Man-Dou-E”in Kyu-den-ji Soto-shu Buddhist Temple after six months of the disaster. “Man” means “ten thousands” and “Dou” means “Light”, and “E” means “service. Ten thousand lights were lighting up in the temple, Buddhist priests made prayers to the people that lost their life by the Tsunami.
Temple provided foot bath and massage service to the survivors after the memorial service, and also music and magic performances on the stage.
Niikawa-osho and Akita Soto-shu Buddhist temple Youth Association organized this event, and brought your Kokoro cards and tenugui to the survivors.
As each day past, we could see progress of reconstruction in the city, though people’s hearts will take a very long time to heal?from the?losses of family members and friends, losses of houses and the living they had before the earthquake… I hope our little support will bring them a piece of warmthand comfort, and sending messages to the survivors… We are with you always.
We continue our I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Projectas long as we can. We need your support, and let us help to send your care messages and Tenugui to the survivors.
My prayers are with you and the people who have a?very difficult time….
Her name is Bunny-chan, and she is introducing you how to use Tenugui! She loves Tenugui very much , as much as I do! This is a card holder for my new tenugui project “?I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Project” , and my sweet friend Emiko put all my bunnies together on the card. (Thank you Emiko!!!!)
I designed and produced a special tenugui to help emotional support to the suvivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th, 2011.
When customers purchase “I HEART JAPAN” tenugui online or events, we’ll send a mame-shibori tenugui which has been very popular among the Japanese for centuries, with their care messages to the survivors. I choose a heart shaped card which I found them in Paper Source, Brooklyn, and I named it as Kokoro Card. Kokoro means Heart in Japanese…
This is a donation mame-shibori tenugui with Kokoro Card and bunny-chan card holder!
I would like to continue this project as long as I can, and my goal is for all the survivors to receive a tenugui and a kokoro card someday… and I am sure that Bunny-chan will bring a smile to them also.
Tokyo Circus Ringmaster Yoshi with mame-shibori Tenugui photo by Janis Wilkins
Tokyo Circus member Epic Nobu with No.1 Hachimaki photo by Janis Wilkins
Tokyo Circus Ninja Nozomi with stripe tenugui fundoshi photo by Janis Wilkins
Ruri with Bathtime manegi and First Sunrise Tenugui as a Tenugui Bikini photo by Janis Wilkins
Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins
Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins
Polar Bear Metro guy photo by Janis Wilkins
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.
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
write a wish on tanzaku, and hang it on the bamboo tree
Tanabata is Japanese star festival that is celebrated every year on July 7th. Some parts of Japan celebrate in August according Lunar year. When this time of year comes around, people write their wishes on tanzaku which are strips of paper, and hang them on bamboo trees.
new arrival - tanabata tenugui!
Tanabata is also known as the story of Hikoboshi (Altair) and Orihime (Vega). The Japanese version of star story is;
It’s origins come from the legend of the Altar and Vega.?Two lovers separated by the milky way, and they are allowed to meet just once a?year on July 7th.
Tenugui is still made by hand during most of the production process, washes, dries, cuts and folds….
When they cut tenugui separately, some tenugui scraps are left over, and they use those scraps as stuffing for the packing, however, they are actually beautiful by themselves.
Our special tenugui tanzaku was made with tenugui and Japanese 5-yen coin.
I made Tenugui Tanzaku(wish note) with tenugui scraps today. And I added a Japanese 5-yen coin (about 5-cents) on it as charms. 5-yen has many good meanings, we call it GOEN. Goen also means Good Luck in Japanese. The first 5-yen was printed in 1949, it has three symbols on the face of coin;
Ear of rice as Agricultures, gear as Industry, and strips as Fishery Industry
It was designed after the World War II, for wishes for development of all three industries.
What are your wishes?
My wish is very simple…. “Happiness” for all of us.
My father was born and lived in China?for forty years of his life. He spent his childhood in the Northern parts of Manchuria. I can’t imagine how difficult it was to live there during? World War II, and after the war,??also because he is Japanese.
He never told me about his life in China when I was little, until he wrote a book “Liu Jo” after he retired from the company that he worked at for over 30 years. “Liu Jo”?means flying seeds from willow trees. We can see “Liu Jo”? in Beijing, tons and tons of seeds fly all over the city in Spring time. He thought that his life is just like “Liu Jo”.
He is a hard worker. My mother told me that when she was pregnant, he left home for his business trip abroad, and? three days before I was born, he came back from his trip.
Life is interesting. I also spent 18-years of my life in China, and I am living in New York now, I am sure I have?been infuluenced from Father as well.
Life is balanced. He worked so hard when he was younger, not having enough time to spend with his family. Now he spends most of his?time with my mother. They are just like best friends, I guess, and have been soul mates more than 50-years!
my papa and mama - they both love tenugui, always have one with them.
Life is beautiful. He is?a cancer surviver. Remaining positive during his illness, spending quality?time with his wife, and teaching Chinese and Chinese business to?his students,?he passes?on his knowledge and experience to the?next generation.
I am very proud of?my father, and I am very glad to be his daughter!
Happy Father’s Day, Papa from New York!
My dear friend took me to the Village Vanguard last weekend for my pre-birthday surprise. New York is an amazing place, you can go to listen to great music anytime, just walk or jump on the subway.
I have never had a chance to listen to Jazz before I moved to New York. It was more than a shock to me when I?heard live Jazz for the first time here. Passion, emotions, improvising… you won’t hear exactly the same notes again, only once in your life, It’s Jazz…
I could not stop my tears when I listened to Fred Hersch’s CD for the first time. And now… Fred was playing his piano in front of me…. His sounds are so pure like a stream… or like whispers of wind… or beauty of life…
Life is very interesting and has many different forms, so does music. And?I believe that our meaning of life will leave something in this world, like his music. They?will stay forever in our hearts…
I would like to leave something in this world someday… But I am not sure what I can do….
maybe something with Tenugui?
I’ll think about it later…
On the morning of New Year’s Eve, I was standing at my usual place at the subway station to go to work. I looked at the other side of the platform, and I found a homeless guy was bundled up in his blankets, and peacefully sleeping. I hadn’t seen him for a long time, and I remembered that he was not there last New Year’s eve. I got a strange warm feeling in my heart as soon I knew he was there, and in his place.
I have met so many great people this year through my Tenugui. They support me, and tell me the stories of their life. The words they give to me, I always cherish, and they bring me good spirits, and send me hope and light. Many?wuhao friends send me messages and compliments everyday, which give me a confidence to continue in my own life.
First Dream - by puff
In Japan, If you have a dream about Mt. Fuji, Hawks, or eggplants on the first night of the new year, you will have a blessed year. For me, dreaming about waking up on a Tenugui field filled with love and energy, makes me feel blessed…
Happy New Year to all!
Wish you all have a great year 2010, be loved and love….
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