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Tenugui mumbling Vol. 130 – THE SEA by Katsushika Hokusai

Sunday, March 9th, 2014
One of the best artwork by Hokusai

One of the best artwork by Hokusai

I love Ukiyo-e very much. Ukiyo-e is Japanese Woodblock printing, it has variety of printing available to see in the museum and gallery.

Hokusai Katsushika’s the view of Mt. Fuji are very famous series of his Ukiyoe. This big wave – is one of the most popular one, might you have seen in Japanese restaurant. We have this wave design tenugui at our site also :-)

The Sea – exhibition will coming from 3/13 at Ronin Gallery (425 Madison Ave at 49th street, NYC), and we can enjoy Japanese Woodblock paint there, including Hokusai!
http://roningallery.com/

Always something happening in New York City, even Japanese Art!
Yes, I LOVE NEW YORK!

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From: Ruri

 

Tenugui mumbling Vol.66 – Tenugui Exhibition @ the Japan Fondation, Canada!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Great news for Tenugui Fans in Canada!
The Tenugui exhibition “Tenugui Design Excellence in Japanese Daily Life” is being presented by the Japan Foundation, Toronto, in association with Kamawanu (Japanese Tenugui Company).
You can see over 200 tenugui on display, as well as a documentary about the making of tenugui.
The exhibition will be held through?July 30th.

And there will be a tenugui lecture by Mr. Kazuhiro Kato (vice president of Kamawanu) on June 3rd (Thu) 6:30pm to 8:30pm.? Please check the link below for more details;

The Japan Foundation Home Page:
http://www.jftor.org/whatson/Tenugui.php

The Tenugui Lecture by Mr. Kazuhiro Kato
http://www.jftor.org/whatson/TenuguiLecture.php

My parents live near Kamawanu tenugui shop in Daikan-yama, Tokyo, just five minutes from their home.
I have always enjoyed spending time in their shop to check all tenugui and tenugui goods there.
It is my dream store, hopefully, someday I will open a store just like Kamawanu-san in New York!!!

Gotta hustle~~~
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Thank you very much for sharing this great information with us, Kate-san!!!

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.56 – Art of the Samurai

Friday, January 8th, 2010
Art of the Samurai - photo by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art of the Samurai - photo by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art the other day. Sometimes I totally forget that I live in the center of the Art scene. How many times did I visit the Met since I moved to New York? … well… Oh, well…
I read an article about this exhibition which said that it took more than ten years to get together all the art pieces, and finally it’s ready to exhibit in New York this year. As soon as I knew about it, I wanted to go see the collections so badly!

The entrance of the Metropolitan Museum

The entrance of the Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan museum is like a HUGE maze. Oh, I should grab a hotdog at the stand in front of the museum. I asked three Met staff members, and finally found the Tisch Galleries where Art of the Samurai exhibition was held.

The armor for the boy samurai Honda Tadataka (1698-1709) - photo by the Met

The armor for the boy samurai Honda Tadataka (1698-1709) - photo by the Met

Starting with Haniwa (terracotta figurine), samurai kabuto (helmet) and Yoroi (armor), swords and sword mounting, robes and the other national important treasures that came from the Kofun era to Edo Period were gathered together. Many familiar samurai names are on the instruction board. My parents love to watch the Japanese historical TV series, and I used to watch the show when I was little. Oda Nobunaga, Asai Nagamasa, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu, etc etc…. I can’t believe that these pieces REALLY belonged to them. The strong energy filled the hall, and I could hear the sounds of wind on the battle field, and felt many stories behind these samurai armors…. I was too excited and felt a dizziness.

Mt. Fuji motif - photo by the Met

Mt. Fuji motif - photo by the Met

As I went to next room,?I found the samurai style and materials had changed. It was very interesting to see the pieces had combined cultures, with influence from Western countries, and names like Nanban Gusoku, or Kawari Kabuto which means an exotic armor and helmet. One Jinbaori (surcoat) attracted my eye. It’s made with golden yellow and black wool, with a volcano motif on the back of the coat. It was very interesting to know that Mt. Fuji first came to be used as a motif on craft objects in the Edo Period. As I know, Tenugui culture also had spread ?widely in the Edo period also. The influence from Western cultures and the samurai Art…. evolve style to next century….

That is something I would like to do for my Tenugui…

… to be continued.

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol. 39 – Summer Decoration with Tenugui

Monday, July 27th, 2009
Tenugui Museum - simply hanging your favorite tenugui in the garden

Tenugui Museum - simply hanging your favorite tenugui in the garden - photo at Julie's Garden

Summer is finally here in New York. Humid air and sticky weather… Here is a tip for cooling down summer heat with your Tenugui;
1. wash?your tenugui with cold water?and drain water well by your hands
2. simply hang your tenugui where it can catch the summer breeze
Your eyes and your body may feel summer cool?air with your own Tenugui museum!

welcome flag FULL HOUSE - welcome home!

welcome flag FULL HOUSE - welcome home!

Tenugui welcome flag has arrived! This 22×35 (cm) small flag called “Manegi” in Japanese, it comes with a bamboo hook. This small flag is perfect to hang on the wall, door or window. “Manegi” always welcomes you coming home.

Watermelon is nutritional summer vegitable

Watermelon is a nutritional summer vegetable

?The watermelon and watermelon Tenugui, what a perfect table decoration they are!

Uses tenugui as a BBQ Cloth - Uroko & edamame tenugui

Uses tenugui as a BBQ Cloth - Uroko & edamame tenugui

The old ragged tenugui will be perfect to use as a kitchen towel. It absorbs water very well and also will dry fast. You may use Tenugui as a pot holder as well.

a cute garden accent - onsen (hot spring) frog

adorable garden accent - onsen (hot spring) frog

And… this is my No.1 garden deco in this summer! Onsen Frog!!! “Onsen” means Hot Spring in Japanese. We have many hot springs all over in Japan. We used to use a Tenugui as a bath towel to dry our body after taking a bath. I still remember my grandparents were using Tenugui every morning and night.
You don’t need to take big western bath towel to go to Onsen, please take a tenugui, that’s all you need! You may be surprised that tenugui is big enough to wipe all of your body dry. Believe it or not?

A little accent for your summer with tenugui, may bring you a smile on your face. “Summer decoration” from? Julie’s Garden, hope you have some of your own ideas for your summer!

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Tenugui mumbling vol.19 – “Traditional Parallels; Tenugui and Klut” collaboration from Sweden – Japanese Design “Gilmore Girls”

Saturday, August 30th, 2008


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The third Episode “Traditional Parallels; Tenugui and Klut” – These photos are from The Osterlens Museum in Sweden. They show us a Swedish way to wear Tenugui – a Japanese tradition evolves to new Swedish Chic!

In centuries gone by in Sweden, the Klut was used as a traditional head cover by married women. In Japan, we have a Tsuno-kakushi (see the picture below) which is a Japanese wedding veil. The bride hides her Tsuno (horn in Japanese) with a white wedding head cover which symbolizes the bride’s resolve to become a gentle and ideal wife.

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Many decades have passed by now, and still we see similar traditional influences in both East and West. I believe that East and West, Men and Women are different, though I hope and believe that we are equal. We have freedom to choose our lives in some countries no matter what gender or your background, but not in every country. I have been fortunate in my life to have a choice how I want to live… and here I am… living in the big apple and introducing Tenugui to you. I hope in the future all children will have these freedoms, wherever they are.

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

The Gordon School – composition #11 ? Gilmore Girls

“Gilmore Girls”

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My Tenugui is based on a TV show called “Gilmore Girls”. My designs are representations of the girls on the show ? The “cell phone ban”, Chinese food container, Dragonfly and Coffee cup.

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Students artist wearing “Gilmore Girls”

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Tenugui mumbling vol.18 – “Tenugui meet Klut” collaboration from Sweden – Japanese Design “Picnic on a blanket”

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

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“Tenugui and Klut” – The second episode “Tenugui meet Klut”

How amazing these photos are! We got a letter and photos from The Osterlens Museum in Sweden.
They had an exhibition called “Tenugui and Klut”, about meeting between the Japanese Tenugui and the traditional head garment “Klut” from the south of Sweden.
The exhibition arrangement was based on an idea by a Japanese artist Takao Momiyama and his wife Gunnel Momiyama Petterson who live in Sweden and presented to the Osterlens Museum. At the opening ceremony at the museum, all visitors had a chance to meet Tenugui and wearing it, then took their pictures in many different ways. We could see some influence from their tradition, but also find evolve to new styles.
Thank you very much for sharing with us the beautiful creation “East meet West”.


An Eco-bag for YOU!

wuhao eco bag with wuhao original mame-shibori tenugui

wuhao eco bag with wuhao original mame-shibori tenugui

wuhao original shopping bag with original mame-shibori
Thank you for the photo, Masae-san our dear wuhao Friend!

We know you care about saving our earth and environment for future generations. Here is our original indigo shopping bag for you and our earth!
The customer who spends $50 or more of Tenugui order at our on-line shopping, will get our original shopping bag for FREE! Our shopping bag is right size to carry supplies for a day or two, it will help to use fewer plastic bags that stores give you. As you know, the plastic bags are harming our beautiful grove… Let’s start to use own shopping bag and focus on Ecology. YES, still not too late!
Our Eco-bag campaign will be going on from now untill Father’s day. The first 15-customers who buy more than total $50 dollars of Tenugui at our on-line shopping, will receive our original indigo shopping bag for FREE. But only 15-bags are available, so please hurry and get your new Eco-bag!!!

New composition is here from The Gordon School. Please enjoy her crisp early summer Tenugui art!

The Gordon School – composition #10 ? Picnic on a blanket -

“Picninc on a blanket”

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I used the idea of a picnic for my tenugui becuase picnics give me a great feeling. You can enjoy eating and be stylish at the same time! I have designed a sandwich, drinks, dots and a picnic basket – I love the summery feeling of the colors.

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Students artist wearing “Picnic on a blanket”

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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

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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”

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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.

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Students artist wearing “Spring Cat”

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Mumbling date on April 03, 2008

Tenugui mumbling vol.13 – Tenugui museum – Japanese Design “Cooking Time”

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

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Thank you cards from the Gordon School, they are on my treasure boxes.

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Tenugui museum in my kitchen, the most favorite place in the world.

I got handmade Thank you cards from the young artists of The Gordon School. It was the last day of year 2007, I found a package in front of my door just before ahead to my friend place. Sitting on the subway sheet and opened a package, it was a BIG surprise from them. Each of young artists used Origami and decorated by their own creations or drawing their own designs on the cards. Thank you all and Tori, sending me such a wonderful treasure. Last day of year 2007, I was on the subway with full of happy smile and the warming greeting…one of the best day of my life!

I love cooking, especially cook for someone very special. Chopping vegetables, saute foods on the pan… The sounds of cooking, the aroma from delight dishes and love as a spice… perfect collaborations! I use Tenugui as a kitchen cloth or a place mat everyday. Because Tenugui dry fast and easy to wash by hands, not only that! They are all so beautiful. I have a special corner in my kitchen called Tenugui museum where is the most favorite place in the world now!

We made Tenugui Museum on our web-site also. Please enjoy the beauty of Tenugui at our Tenugui Museum.

The Gordon School – composition #05 ? Cooking Time -

“Cooking Time”

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My Tenugui is filled with images of the basic utensils that you need for cooking.

I choose this subject because cooking is important to me.

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Students artist showing “Cooking Time”

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Mumbling date on January 16, 2008

Tenugui mumbling vol.11 – the night before Christmas – Japanese Design “Winter in New England”

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
Rockefeller center Christmas lighting

Rockefeller center Christmas lighting

Rockefeller Center New York The tallest Christmas tree

The night before Christmas decoration

The night before Christmas decoration

My little Christmas tree “The night before the Christmas”

- The night before Christmas -

I would like to send y’all a short poem today for this special season.

It’s 4am now and I’m watching you sleep…

I’ve seen the sunset in the ocean in so many countries.

I’ve seen moutains kiss the sky in so many places.

I’ve seen desert’s sand glow from the sun.

I’ve seen the moon reflect it’s comforting watching over me from a mountain’s lake.

… but nothing in this world is as beautiful and as peaceful,

the sight of your face while you sleep…

The night before Christmas, you are the best gift from heaven.


Have a happy holiday season, and God bless you and your family…

The Gordon School – composition #03 – Winter in New England -


“Winter in New England”

Winter in New England is one of my favorite times during the year. I really like it when the seasons change.

The designs on my Tenugui show aspect of the season – snowflakes, muffins, ice skates and winter hats.


Students artist showing “Winter in New England”

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Mumbling date on December 17, 2007