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Ruri Kippenbrock

Archive for December, 2007

Tenugui mumbling vol.12 – a Happy New Year – Japanese Design “Japanese Winter”

Monday, December 31st, 2007


My name is Racotaro, and I am a Raccoon.


this is my room and I live with Kawauchi Family in Miyagi. Japanese Tatami mat and washi-paper screens are my favorite in this room. And also I have a tokono-ma (decorative alcove) in my room!

a Happy New Year to all!

My friend sent me these lovely photos (Thank you, Toni!) and I would like to share them with you in this special day. These photos are reminded me about peaceful country and heart warming Japanese New Year.

New Year is the biggest event in Japan; I would say same like Thanksgiving or Christmas in America. The family come home to celebrate New Year together, eat soba noodle (buckwheat noodle) New Years Eve to wish our long life as like soba (long noodle). And wait till mid-night to hear the “Jyoya-no-Kane” (Bell) from the Temple greeting New Year together. We do many of “Hatsu (first)” things on New Year’s Day. Like, “Hatsu-hinode” means “see First sunrise”, “Hatsu-moude” means “first visit to shrine or temple”, or like “Hatsu-warai” means “First Laughter”. We believe that starting the New Year with a smile is considered a good sign. I hope this lovely Racotaro will bring you a smile on this special day!

The Gordon School – composition #04 ? Japanese Winter -
“Japanese Winter”


This Tenugui shows a beautiful part of Japan and Asia – the unique bamboo that grows there. This is a scene of bamboo covered in winter snow with flying birds. The reversed pattern allows you to wear it any direction.


Students artist showing “Japanese Winter”

- to be continued…

From Ruri

Mumbling date on Janyary 01, 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”

- to be continued…

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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


My favorite shop also with a bow! (at Rodeo Drive, LA)
I visited LA last week, blue sky and Christmas decoration, lovely collaboration!


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 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”

- to be continued…

From Ruri

Mumbling date on December 02, 2007