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Archive for August, 2007

Tenugui mumbling vol.06 – MUSUBI – make a knot

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

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“MUSUBI” ornament for bomboo tree.

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“MUSUBI” Tenugui bottle wrapping

We are pleased to inform you that our First Collaboration between Tenugui and Japanese Sake & dinner at SAKAGURA New York was successfully held on August 27th (Mon) and 28th (Tue). It was Sakagura‘s late summer festival, and the crowd enjoyed the changing of the seasons from the taste of Sake & special dishes and our Tenugui display “MUSUBI” (in Japanese “make a knot“). We hoped that we could express the connection with beautiful harmony – The great taste of Sake and the selected delightful dishes, fabulous restaurant and excellent services, Japanese food and TENUGUI – All made beautiful collaborations in this perfect season. All customers seemed to enjoy the Sake tasting Party by Joto Sake LLC on 27th (Mon), the special menu “Early Autumn Special dishes with Sake Paring” by Sakagura restaurant’s Sake sommelier Cheeze and Executive Chef Akinobu Suzuki and our Tenugui disply “MUSUBI”. We created “MUSUBI” chopsticks pillows for each customer, “MUSUBI” decorations for Sake bottles, a hint of decoration for the door, and “MUSUBI” ornaments for the plants.

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“Dragon fly and Mulberry” feeling of coming Autumn…

We have selected two pieces of Tenugui for this special event and season, “ Summer Hanabi ” and “ Dragon fly and Mulberry“: these two seasons make a knot together. Over the next few months we would like to show you more Tenugui revolutions, so keep checking back with us.

Please enjoy this beautiful season with Tenugui – Summer is yielding to Autumn

- to be continued…

From Ruri

mumbling date on August 29, 2007

Tenugui mumbling vol.05 – Road to History – for baseball lovers!!

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

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Pacific Ball Park – San Francisco, CA

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Lou Seal is watching ball game!

I love watching baseball game sometimes, beer is my right hand and peanuts my left hand, relax mind and enjoy the energy from the field. I took these photos in 2002 (Wow… time is fly!) and was my first MLB game in the field. Just a short mumbling today to celebrate for Barry Bond 756th homerun “Road to History”, and wanted share these photo with y’all.? And, Congratulation to all the Lucky first 15-customers for our original mame-shibori Tenugui. Hope you are enjoying your Tenugui and this beautiful summer where you are. We will do more NEW campaign soon, so please stay tune with our site daily-bases!? Summer is yielding to fall here in NY. Enjoy your rest of summer where you are and with your Tenugui!?- to be continued…?

From Ruri?

Mumbling dated on August 12th

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Tenugui mumbling vol.04 – 1mm of difference

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

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Kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theatre. Ka (歌) means Sing, Bu(舞) means Dance, and Ki(伎) means Skill. Heisei Nakamura-za performed at Lincoln Center in New York from July 16 to 22. My family name in Japanese is uncommon, and my friends and even my family said I am not like Japanese the way I am, although, I have 100% pure Japanese blood (but with low blood pressure). Anyway, I have never seen a Kabuki performance in my life. Perhaps because I was nice to a homeless person or maybe the stars aligned for me that day. I was able to get a free ticket for the play “Hokaibo” (Thank you Vanilla Graphics!!!!!) only 30-minutes before the performance began. I jumped on the subway and dashed over to Lincoln Center, and the play had just started. Needless to say, I didn’t even have enough time to go to the bathroom before the performance.

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Amazing, amazing, amazing; the story was so funny, and so was their acting. I couldn’t believe how beautiful their costumes were, how fresh the colors were, how attractive Kabuki actors are, how detailed their stage was, how interesting their music is… Most of all, the Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura’s eyes had so much emotion a 1mm of difference of expression; For me, he is art and symbolized the beauty of Japan. I could not imagine the effort and sacrifice they make in their daily lives. They have carried this traditional Japanese theatre through their family for many generations. I laughed, I smiled, I was scared, and I cried. It was not because nature was calling so badly, but rather because I was so impressed in Kabuki that 1mm of difference made whole thing perfect. Someday I would like to make Tenugui that has 1mm of difference from any other Tenugui. 1mm of difference, that is art and it makes everything perfect.

- to be continued…

From Ruri mumbling dated on August 01, 2007