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Tenugui Mumbling Vol. 164 – Sending Love with Tenugui

Friday, January 20th, 2017
Don't forget Spring has come soon :-)

Don’t forget Spring has come soon :-)

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….

- to be continued….

From Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.132 – Upcoming Event Sakura Matsuri 2014

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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Dear Tenugui Fans!
Thank you very much for visiting Sakura Matsuri at White Plains this Sunday. I had a change to join this amazing event this year. It was so nice to visiting new town.  I met a cutest Karate Kid at the event with his cool Daddy!
Always love to meet new Tenugui friends at the event.

Our Tenugui Journey is ongoing to visiting another towns next weekend! We’ll attend Sakura Matsuri at Stamford (CT), and Harrison (NY)! See event information below.

5/3 (Sat)  Stamford Sakura Matsuri
Place:  Mill River Park (1050 Washington Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901)
11 am to 4 pm

5/4 (Sun) Harrison Japan Spring Festival
Place:  Riis Park and Harrison Library (2 Bruce Ave., Harrison, NY 10528)
11 am to 4 pm

Hope to see you there, Tenugui Fans!

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From:  Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.115 – SAKURA SAKU

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

SAKURA SAKU – means Cherry Flower Bloom, we uses this expression for notice a good news, like a exam. The opposed expression is SAKURA CHIRU – Cherry Flower fall down.

SAKURA (Cherry Blossom) is a very special flower for all Japanese people. Waiting first bloom during a long winter season,? welcome and celebrate new season and new life with SAKURA each year.

The beauty is in that difference… waiting for first bloom of SAKURA in NYC :-)

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.110 – Tenugui Noren

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Tenugui Fan Yolin's Tenugui Noren

Tenugui Fan Yolin made Tenugui noren with two First Sunrise Tenugui

Tenugui Fan Yolin sent us a photo to sharing his Tenugui Noren with us! He used two First Sunrise Tenugui, and made a hem on the top of Tenugui for a rod. Can you see details on his Noren?? The cloud lined up together, cranes are flying toward each other… you know why? Because he used one tenugui face up, and the other uses reverse side, that is why he can made this detailed design. Only Japanese chusen tenugui can make this amazing trick!

Two cherry blossom tenugui can make a big one tree!

Two cherry blossom tenugui can make a big one tree!

Check this photo! I framed two Cherry Blossom tenugui, one is face up, and the other uses reverse side, and hang them on the wall next together. What you see on the wall?? Yes, one big Cherry Tree!

Japanese Chusen method came up over 100 years ago. Using this special dye method, and we can be able to dye both face and reverse side, dye through colors both side. That is why, chusen tenugui can make this special trick!

It’s a Tenugui Magic, Viva Tenugui \(*v*)/

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From: Ruri
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Tenugui mumbling Vol.85 – Hinamatsuri (Doll’s Festival) “a Hint of Spring”

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

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My Hina-Ningyo.. 45-years old!

March 3rd is Hina-matsuri (Doll’s festival) in Japan. This is the day to celebrate young girls growing up and being happy. There is also Tango-no-sekku, or Kodomo-no-hi (Children’s day) in May to celebrate boys.

The photo of Hina-ningyo (Dolls) was made by my Aunt Yachiyo when I was born. They have been traveling many cities and many countries with me. I guess they would be eligible for tons of mileage.
Originally from Osaka Japan,? we moved to Yokohama first… and then to?Beijing, Dalian, and Shanghai, China… and then on the boat to Texas… and on the road to New York. Hope they like New York as much as I do now!

Life is very interesting, you never know what will come to you next. Sometimes people are afraid to change,?their location, school, work, partner, and life in general. Whatever it is, open your heart, open your eyes, and listen to your inner whispering… it will bring new possibilities to your life.

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Kimono de Jazz at the Kitano

Kimono de Jazz at the Kitano

?We had an event “Kimono de Jazz” at the Kitano?last month. I used my yellow komon Tenugui as a kimono collar, and combined it with the cherry petal Kimono that came from my mother. She said that she wore it for her college ceremony… over fifty years ago!!!! The elegance of Japan has carried over to the next generation… and with our own style!
I love both tradition and change! How about you, Tenugui fans?

Sending you a hint of Spring along with Hina-ningyo and Three Kimono beauties!!!

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.63 – the 50th Sakura Matsuri in DC

Friday, April 16th, 2010
Ginza Market on the Pennsylvania Avenue

Ginza Market on Pennsylvania Avenue

wuhao newyork Tenugui Art Booth

wuhao newyork Tenugui Art Booth

many visitors...

many visitors...

and many many visitors...

and many many visitors...

We attended the 50th annual Sakura Masuri in Washignton DC last Saturday. The first year we had a big rain, and second year was a big storm…, and this year…. YES, a BIG BLUE BLUE SKY in DC.
Thanks to heaven for bringing us beautiful weather and so many visitors. I am not sure, but my guess is…? over 200,000 visitors might have been there. Thank you very much for visiting our booth, everybody!!!!!!

super supporter Izumi-chan

super supporter Izumi-chan

super supporter Miki-san & Justin

super supporter Miki-san & Justin

And here?are our super supporters this year!!! Thank you soooo much for your wonderful jobs, Izumi-chan, Miki-san, and Justin! I had a really great time with y’all, and hope to see you again next year with beautiful Sakura!

I could not help taking this photo. ?One of our visitors wore a super cute Tee, it said “I wanna be a Japanese”, I LOVE IT! – Peace!!!!

I wanna be a Japanese - peace!

I wanna be a Japanese - peace!

LOVE & PEACE to Tenugui Fans!
Peace

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From Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.60 – The beauty is in that difference No.07 First Bloom

Friday, February 19th, 2010
First cherry blossom...

First cherry blossom... - photo by TETSU

bloom in the crystal ice

bloom in the crystal ice - photo by TETSU

first cherry blossom between seasons
first cherry blossom between seasons – photo by TETSU
The beauty is in that difference – No. 7 First Bloom

A Japanese photographer TETSU found first cherry blossom near he lives in Nigata, Japan. Tiny cherry flower blooming under the silver icecle… Spring will come very soon.

Sakura is cherry blossom in Japanese. Sending you a sign of Spring with his beautiful photos. The beauty is in that difference….

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.31 – Beautiful Day in DC

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
Cherry blossom stream around Tidal Basin - photo by Mune Ishida

Cherry blossom stream around Tidal Basin - photo by Mune

We attended the largest Japanese street festival, 49th Sakura Matsuri in Washington DC on April 04 (Sat). We left our office at 3am and went straight to DC… arrived at 8am. Dark New York night to sunny morning in DC, spring blue sky smiled with…. BIG WIND!

Big wind blew everything away including tents!

Big wind blew everything away including tents!

All the Sakura Matsuri staff members and vendors struggled with big winds for setting up their booth… Finally water tanks came and held the tents on the ground tightly. Oh… please… stop wind…. my prayer like a whisper… unfortunately our tenugui flew around our booth like spring butterflies

people.. people... and more people!

people.. people... and more people!

The festival started at 11am. People.. people… and more people showed up on Pennsylvania Avenue. I am not sure how many visitors came to the festival, but at least 150,000 people were there I guess!

The best smile with her new sakura sakura tenugui

The best smile with her new sakura sakura tenugui

Many people came to our booth. Some of them already knew what is Tenugui, and some did not. One girl and her family visited our Tenugui booth. They picked a plum tree mansion Tenugui and Sakura Sakura Tenugui. I am so happy to see that they really liked their new things “TENUGUI”. I should have asked her name… she has the best smile with her Sakura breezy headband. I named her “My Smiling Angel”.

Cool buddies with Cool wraps!

Cool buddies with Cool wraps!

I forgot to ask their names too… They picked a Kiyoshi Yamashita Tenugui and a Cricket tenugui. “Cool wraps for Cool Buddies” – How handsome they are!

My very special friend Deirdre...

My very special friend Deirdre...

I got a special gift in this event. I have run my own Tenugui business since 2007. We strictly do online business, so no shops in New York. I believe that I could introduce Tenugui through internet worldwide. And also, I believe that I could connect with you through this square computer screen where ever you are. But also… I do know that it makes me so happy more than anything?to meet with wuhao friends – face to face!
Deirdre is one of my customers and she has always a special place in my heart since she sent me an e-mail last year. Deirdre and her husband Kim with their little puppy Fin came to our Tenugui booth without me knowing! How sweet surprise… ?jump out from the square screen and we finally met each other at the Sakura Matsuri! Even more, she brought her favorite Summer Hanabi Tenugui and showing me how much she loves it. Thank you so much for the sweet surprise Deirdre, Kim and Finn! You are always in my heart and you show me what is my life job. I hope and I know that Tenugui always brightens up?our new day. Dear Deirdre, Kim and Finn… please come back and come to see me again next year also. Let’s celebrate the cherry blossoms and our new spring together!

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Super staffs - Izumi and Emi, You are the best!

Super staff - Izumi and Emi, You are the best!

And…. my super staff Izumi and Emi! I know that I could not have done this event without you both. Big wind… thousands thousands people… You both have great spirits and perfect teamwork together. I realized that any kind of job cannot be done without support…, have to have a great team! Thank you very much for your wonferful work, Izumi-chan and Emi-chan. I am so glad to meet you both and hope see you again soon!

And thank you very much Japan America Society of Washington DC for giving us this great oppotinity to show our Tenugui!!!

Beautiful Day in DC… I found what I would like to do for my future with my Tenugui. And most of all… face to face… with voice, with expression, with smile and with hug… we really need that for our life.

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling vol.30 – Sakura Matsuri in Washington DC

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

March 20 is Shun-bun (春分) in Japan. In the day of Shunbun, day and night are exactly the same length because of where the sun is located.?People celebrate the new?spring… animals wake up?from a long hibernation… greens start to grow and flowers bloom everywhere.
Sakura?is cherry blossoms in Japanese. The cherry blossoms have started blooming last week in Japan, and it’s almost time to bloom here in US.?
The Sakura Matsuri in Washington DC – Japanese Street Festival is now the largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture in the United States. And it will be held on April 04 (Sat) this year.
And….
We are very pleased to inform you that we will attend to Sakura Matsuri in DC as a Tenugui vendor this year. The short movie by Mindsfireproduction?above, is the Sakura Matsuri 2008. And you can see?our Tenugui booth there, our first year attending! ?
Stretching for nearly one mile through the streets of downtown Washington DC, from near the White House to FBI headquarters, the Sakura Matsuri is held each spring. On good weather days, it has drawn over 140,000 visitors in 7 hours. Please find more detail about the Sakura matsuri from the link below.

Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. official site

Please come and visit at the Sakura Matsuri Washington DC, and of course I will be there!

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From: Ruri