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Archive for January, 2010

Tenugui mumbling Vol.58 – Tenugui Magic Tenugui bouquet

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Tenugui can be used many different ways. Here is an idea for Valentine’s gift to someone very special!
Miss Froggie and I show you how to make “Tenugui Bouquet” for coming Valentine’s day.

Happy Valentine’s Day, wuhao friends!!!!!

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol. 57 – Heavenly music Fred Hersch

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

My dear friend took me to the Village Vanguard last weekend for my pre-birthday surprise. New York is an amazing place, you can go to listen to great music anytime, just walk or jump on the subway.

I have never had a chance to listen to Jazz before I moved to New York. It was more than a shock to me when I?heard live Jazz for the first time here. Passion, emotions, improvising… you won’t hear exactly the same notes again, only once in your life, It’s Jazz…

I could not stop my tears when I listened to Fred Hersch’s CD for the first time. And now… Fred was playing his piano in front of me…. His sounds are so pure like a stream… or like whispers of wind… or beauty of life…

Life is very interesting and has many different forms, so does music. And?I believe that our meaning of life will leave something in this world, like his music. They?will stay forever in our hearts…

I would like to leave something in this world someday… But I am not sure what I can do….
maybe something with Tenugui?
I’ll think about it later…

- to be continued…

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.55 – Hatsuyume (First dream)

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010
standing same place on New Year Eve

standing same place on New Year's Eve

On the morning of New Year’s Eve, I was standing at my usual place at the subway station to go to work. I looked at the other side of the platform, and I found a homeless guy was bundled up in his blankets, and peacefully sleeping. I hadn’t seen him for a long time, and I remembered that he was not there last New Year’s eve. I got a strange warm feeling in my heart as soon I knew he was there, and in his place.

I have met so many great people this year through my Tenugui. They support me, and tell me the stories of their life. The words they give to me, I always cherish, and they bring me good spirits, and send me hope and light. Many?wuhao friends send me messages and compliments everyday, which give me a confidence to continue in my own life.

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First Dream - by puff

First Dream - by puff

In Japan, If you have a dream about Mt. Fuji, Hawks, or eggplants on the first night of the new year, you will have a blessed year. For me, dreaming about waking up on a Tenugui field filled with love and energy, makes me feel blessed…

Happy New Year to all!
Wish you all have a great year 2010, be loved and love….

and Peace…

- to be continued…

From: Ruri