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Tenugui Mumbling Vol. 135 – The Japan Block Fair is coming back to NYC!

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
with Tokyo Circus Ring Master Yoshi

with Tokyo Circus Ring Master Yoshi

Dear Tenugui Fans,
Hope you are enjoying your summer there!

The Japan Block Fair will coming back to New York City on 9/6 (Sat). We’ll be at West Village this time, very hip area in the city :-)
It’s first location since we have been attending the event, so I am totally excited about joining the event.
Hope to see you there!

The Japan Block Fair (www.japanblockfair.com)
9/6 (Saturday)  from 12 to 6 pm
Place:  6th Avenue between Washington Place and Wavery Place
Rain or Shine!

to be continued…

Wink

From Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.94 – The Japan Block Fair – Thank you for supporting Japan!

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Japan Block Fair 2011 from yusuke shibata on Vimeo.

We just received a movie of the Japan Block Fair on 5/22 by Yusuke Shibata. I would like to share our love to Japan with all of you.

Thank you very much for your support to Japan…

thank-you

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

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

- to be continued…

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

- to be continued…

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

- to be continued…

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!!!

- to be continued…

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!!!!

- to be continued…

From: Ruri