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Tenugui mumbling vol.24 – First day of 2009 at Grand Central – Japanese Design “Carnival”

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
Grand Central Terminal Light Show

Grand Central Terminal Light Show

Happy New Year ! Hope everybody had a wonderful new year wherever you are. I always love to go to Grand Central Terminal. Many stories are happening every minute at the station… hundreds of?Hello’s and Good bye’s…?The first day of 2009, I saw the Kaleidoscope light show at Grand Central and said Hi to the new year! The lighting fireworks are so beautiful, just like our Hanabi Tenugui! Here is a short movie for you that I took. Please check the link below;

New composition is here from The Gordon School. Please enjoy his HAPPY Tenugui art!

The Gordon School – composition #14 – Carnival

“Carnival”
I love to have fun at carnivals. My tenugui includes designs of tasty treats and candy.

Carnival Tenugui designed by the Gordon School young artist

Carnival Tenugui designed by the Gordon School young artist

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carnival artist

He designed and printed his own carnival Tenugui.


Students artist wearing “carnival” Tenugui.

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Tenugui mumbling vol.22 – Fall Decorataion – Japanese Design “Shaining Shape”

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
Uses Natural Indigo Chysanthemum Tenugui as a table liner and use Autumn tenugui as chair covers,  add spice color in to your garden.

Uses Natural Indigo Chysanthemum Tenugui as a table liner and use Autumn tenugui as chair covers, add spice color in to your garden.??

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Tea Time - Set a momiji tenugui on your favorite a cap and a saucer as a tea towel, Kagome tenugui uses as a table mat.

Tea Time - Set a momiji tenugui on your favorite a cap and a saucer as a tea towel, Kagome tenugui uses as a table mat.

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Fall bascket - Corn tenugui uses as a basket liner.

Fall bascket - Corn tenugui uses as a basket liner.

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Fall bowl - Pumpkins and squashes add colors on your table.

Fall bowl - Pumpkins and squashes add colors on your table.

Autumn begins! Hope everybody is enjoying this beautiful season wherever you are. The financial crisis, economy, election 2008 and many more… serious tensions surrounding us everyday. Let’s have a cup of tea in your favorite place, take a nice long breath and enjoy flavor and aroma fromyour cup. And of course, your Tenugui give you comforts and send you warmth with it.
These photos are some ideas for your Autumn Decoration! Have a wonderful Fall with your Tenugui!

New composition is here from The Gordon School. Please enjoy his joyful Tenugui art!

The Gordon School – composition #13 – Shining Shapes

“Shining Shapes”

shining shape tenugui by The Gordon School student

shining shapes tenugui by The Gordon School student

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Shapes and colors are basic to design in art. To design my tenugui, I took that literally. The stars? show the importance of the other shapes. The colors symbolize the coral reefs in the Virgin Islands and the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

He designed and printed his own shinng shapes Tenugui.

He designed and printed his own shinng shapes Tenugui.


Students artist wearing “Shining Shapes”

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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.17 – Sakura Sakura to John O’Connor – Japanese Design “Flower”

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008


Sakura and Memorial in Washington DC


Hiroe and Ayumi – my two lovely friends

We had held two Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Events in April.
The largest Japanese Street Festival in the U.S. “Sakura Matsuri” was held on April 12 (Sat) in Washington DC. From time to time it rained a moment, but over 140,000 people came and enjoyed the Japanese Omatsuri (Festival) Spirits with gracious cherry blossoms. Thank you to all visitors who came and let us show you our Tenugui Art. We are so glad to be there and to have a chance to introduce to you Tenugui at the site.

And most of all… Thank you Hiroe and Ayumi – two wonderful dear friends – who work with me showing the beauty of Tenugui to everybody. I am sure I could not have done this without y’all…

Definately, we will return to Washington D.C. for the Sakura Matsuri 2009 with new blooming Sakura next year!

my best friend Hiroe and me!

my best friend Hiroe and me!

Ruri and Hiroe with wuhao uniform!

Our second collaboration with Sakagura Restaurant (211 E 43rd Street, NY, NY) was held on April 21st (Mon). We displayed our Sakura Tenugui for their OHANAMI SAKE TASTING 2008. All customers surely enjoyed selected feasts and sake under blooming cherry blossoms, and also Sakura Tenugui!

Sake and Sakura Tenugui

Sake and Sakura Tenugui

Sake bottle with petal Tenugui

Sakagura sakura menu

Sakagura sakura menu

Ohanami Sake Tasting 2008 Menu

SAKURA – Japanese believe it symbolized it one’s ideal life. Live like Sakura and go like Sakura – means “Flourish Life”.
We got a Tenugui order and a letter from John in January 2008. This is very personal, but I would like to put his letter on my site to remember and honor his great spirit.
He was a brave fighter and had a big warming heart. I will always remember him and his beautiful soul.
John-san… he gave me a confidence to my new life and made me feel I am doing a right thing.
I miss him very much…

John O’Conner – deceased April 28, 2008

Hello Ruri,

I received my Tenugui order and your gift yesterday and must say that I could not be more pleased. I bought these as gifts for my friends and now I see that I will need more for myself.

I do have a use for then as I am a kendo player. Unfortunately it remains to be seen if I will continue to play as, like your husband, I have cancer. It has been three years now since I was first diagnosed and was in remission for awhile until recently. I now go through chemo again and like it even less than the first time.
Right now my goal is to stop the spread as there is of yet no cure but I feel that a breakthrough is imminent.

I recently was invited to play on the seniors team for the Eastern U.S. Kendo Federation at the U.S. National championships in July. If I am healthy enough to do it I will wear one of your Tenugui.

Keep up the good work and keep you spirits high.

With best regards,

John O’Connor

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

The Gordon School – composition #09 “Flower “-

“Flower”

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I chose to use these designs on my Tenugui because they reminded me of Japanese Garden. The pretty colors and shapes seem to reflect both American and Japanese cultures.

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Students artist wearing “Flower”

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mumbling date on May 06, 2008

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.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.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”

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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

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