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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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Hatched

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.101 – Send and Receive I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Project

Sunday, September 18th, 2011
Sending Heart cards and Tenugui to the survivors of Japan earthquake and Tsunami
I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Project booth at HKIS on April 16th

I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Project booth at Hong Kong International School on April 16th

Full of Hearts made by HKIS students

Full of Hearts made by HKIS students

wearing I HEART JAPAN Tenugui to showing support to Japan!

wearing I HEART JAPAN Tenugui to show support for Japan!

Thank you for your BIG help to Japan :-)

Thank you for your BIG help for Japan :-)

Receiving Kokoro Cards and Tenugui from all over the world….

Fukkou Shokudo is the event to support the survivors, serving foods, present performances and supplies.

Fukkou Shokudo is the event to support the survivors, serving foods, present performances and supplies.

Fukkou means Reconstruct, and Shokudou means Restaurant... They serve warm foods and variety of performances to the survivors.

100 of Kokoro cards and Tenugui set on the table

100 of Kokoro cards and Tenugui set on the table

The survivors received your Kokoro cards and Tenugui!

The survivors received your Kokoro cards and Tenugui :-)

Man Do E (ten thousands lights memorial service) in Ishinomaki, Iwate on September 11th

Man Do E (ten thousands lights memorial service) in Ishinomaki, Iwate on September 11th

The memorial service for the Japan earthquake and Tsunami after six months from the disasters

memorial service for the Japan earthquake and Tsunami after six months from the disasters

Massage service to the survivors by volunteers under the tents

Massage service to the survivors by volunteers under the tents

foot bath service for the survivors under the tent

foot bath service for the survivors under the tent

photo time with Bravo Nakatani (magician) and Kokoro cards + tenugui :-)

photo time with Bravo Nakatani (magician) and Kokorocards with tenugui :-)

Thank you very much for your support?of I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Project. We sent a total 131 Kokoro cards and Tenugui to the survivors as of today.

Our first delivery was Kiri Kiri, Ootsui-cho, Iwate on June 12th. They had an event called “Fukkou Shokudo”, “Fukkou” means “Reconstruct”, and “Shokudo” means “Restaurant”. They are a supporting organization of Japan earthquake and Tsunami, visiting town to town, and serve warm foods and present performances to the survivors. On June 12th, they visited Ootsui-cho, and more than 300 visitors came to the event to enjoy foods and entertainment.

Niikawa-osho is a priest of the Ho-sho-ji temple, Akita and he attended as a volunteer staff to the Fukkou Shokudo, and?brought your Kokoro cards and Tenugui to the survivors. He told me that all kokoro cards and tenugui went to their hands?within ten minutes after setting them on the table. They enjoyed the touch of Tenugui, and also received your Kokoro then.

Amazing musicians Ria and Norishige came to Fukkou Shokudo that day. Norishige came from Kiri Kiri, and he lost his family members?during the?Tsunami. He found a guitar under the rubbled house, and made a song “Let’s walk” ….

Our second delivery was September 11th to Ishinomaki-city, Iwate. It was a memorable day in the U.S., and also Japan. They had a special memorial service called “Man-Dou-E”in Kyu-den-ji Soto-shu Buddhist Temple after six months of the disaster. “Man” means “ten thousands” and “Dou” means “Light”, and “E” means “service. Ten thousand lights were lighting up in the temple, Buddhist priests made prayers to the people that lost their life by the Tsunami.

Temple provided foot bath and massage service to the survivors after the memorial service, and also music and magic performances on the stage.
Niikawa-osho and Akita Soto-shu Buddhist temple Youth Association organized this event, and brought your Kokoro cards and tenugui to the survivors.

As each day past, we could see progress of reconstruction in the city, though people’s hearts will take a very long time to heal?from the?losses of family members and friends, losses of houses and the living they had before the earthquake… I hope our little support will bring them a piece of warmthand comfort, and sending messages to the survivors… We are with you always.

We continue our I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Projectas long as we can. We need your support, and let us help to send your care messages and Tenugui to the survivors.

My prayers are with you and the people who have a?very difficult time….

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.96 – Make a wish – Tenugui Tanzaku

Friday, June 24th, 2011
Tanzaku is a Wish Tag for Tanabata Festival

Tanzaku is a Wish Tag for Tanabata Festival

July 7th is a Tanabata Festival in Japan, also called Star Festival. The story of Tanabata came from an ancient Asian folk legend about the Cow Herder Star (Altair) and his lover the Princess Weaver Star (Vega), who had been banished by her father to opposite ends of the Milky Way, doomed to meet each other but once a year at this time. If it rains that night and the stars cannot be seen, the lovers must wait another year to be re-united.

Each summer in Japan, children and their parents prepare for the festival by writing their wishes on Tanzaku, narrow strips of colored paper and hanging them with other paper ornaments on bamboo branches displayed at the entrance to the their homes. Everyone prays that the sky will be fair, the lovers will meet, and their wishes will be granted.

I made Tanzaku with Japanese 5-Yen coins last Tanabata. 5-yen coin has many good meanings. We call it Goen, which means good relationship. The first 5-yen was printed in 1949, it has three symbols on the face of coin, and one on the other side. Rice as Agricultures, Gear as Industry, Stripes (wave) as Fishery Industry, and new leaves as Forestry. It was designed with Wishes of reconstruction and development of Japan.

I made 5-yen Tanzaku for you all this year also. Any tenugui order until July 7th (Thursday), you’ll receive a 5-yen Tanzaku with your Tenugui.
Or any tenugui fans who want to have 5-yen Tanzaku, please send email to mail@wuhaonyc.com , I’ll send you one for your wish come true.

What is your wish year 2011?

 Love You

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol. 95 – Tenugui Magic Vol.05 How to use Tenugui by Sommelier Style

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Tenugui Magic Vol.05 – How to use TENUGUI by Sommelier Style from Ruri Kippenbrock (wuhaonyc) on Vimeo.

I visited Yasu-san at 15 EAST (15 E. 15th street, NYC) Japanese Restaurant the other day. Yasu-san always supports me and Tenugui since I started my own company in 2007.

After his long career in his food service business in New York, he went to Los Angeles and expolered new location?a few years. And now he came back to New York, and challenging his new carrea in 15 EAST. His excellent service is always touched my heart very deeply. I’ll definately go anyplace he’ll be for my very special day!

He shows me “How to use Tenugui by Sommelier Style” on this movie. Tenugui is a perfect cloth to dry and shine luxury glassware. Yasu-san said; Tenugui is a very simple and great cloth to wipe a glass, because you don’t need to wipe it twice. Tenugui absorbs all moisture, and fine fibers don’t stick on the glass. Usually, he have to use two different kitchen cloths to wipe a glass, one for dry and one for shine, but not with Tenugui!

Thank you Yasu-san for sharing this great technique with us, and thank you very much for your support of Tenugui and me always!!!!

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.83 – First Laugh of the Year

Monday, January 31st, 2011

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Big crowds on the beach photo by Janis Wilkins

Big crowds on the beach photo by Janis Wilkins

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First laugh of the year - photo by Kenji Mori

First laugh of the year photo by Kenji Mori

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Freezin for a reason photo by Kenji Mori

Freezin for a reason photo by Kenji Mori

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We did it! photo by Janis Wilkins

We did it! photo by Janis Wilkins

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Tokyo Circus Ringmaster Yoshi photo by Janis Wilkins

Tokyo Circus Ringmaster Yoshi with mame-shibori Tenugui photo by Janis Wilkins

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Tokyo Circus member Epic Nobu photo by Janis Wilkins

Tokyo Circus member Epic Nobu with No.1 Hachimaki photo by Janis Wilkins

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Tokyo Circus Ninja Nozomi photo by Janis Wilkins

Tokyo Circus Ninja Nozomi with stripe tenugui fundoshi photo by Janis Wilkins

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Ruri with Bathtime manegi photo by Janis Wilkins

Ruri with Bathtime manegi and First Sunrise Tenugui as a Tenugui Bikini photo by Janis Wilkins

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Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins

Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins

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Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins

Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins

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Polar Bear Metro guy photo by Janis Wilkins

Polar Bear Metro guy photo by Janis Wilkins

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One sunny day, I displayed fundoshi in our booth at the Japan Town Street Fair Fall 2010. Fundoshi is?Japanese men’s traditional underwear.? I had recently discovered one and I wanted to?see how people?reacted about Tenugui fundoshi.?I?really?loved it, but I didn’t know how to display it for our Tenugui fans, as I am a girl…

A strange guy came to our booth with?a Japanese samurai wig with a mame-sibori hachimaki (dots print headband) on top of his wig. He was wearing a monkey outfit and had?a hand-written cardboard hanging around his neck, which read: “Your Smile is Beautiful”.? It turns out he was ?Yoshi the Ringmaster of the Tokyo Circus. He took a?Tenugui fundoshi and put it on in the middle of the street and showed it to the crowd.? It was the day of the Tenugui Fundoshi debut!

The Tokyo Circus?is an international performance group led by Yoshi. They perform on the street,?sending positive messages to?strangers. They believe that a “smile” will bring?happiness and peace under any circumstance. Their very simple philosophy touched my heart very deeply.?I?realized that we had a common dream, namely, “to make people smile and happy,”? Yoshi by?an innocent performance, me by a?simple rectangular cloth, Tenugui.??????

I had been thinking about attending the?Coney Island Polar Bears Club?Annual New Year’s?Swim.??The Polar Bears Club is the oldest winter bath organization in the US. ?After meeting Yoshi I began wondering if there was a way to put?Tenugui together with the Tokyo Circus, since we?have a similar dream.?I told my friends that I was?joining the Polar Bears, and all of them said, “Are you crazy?”

“Why not,”? I thought to myself.? In Japan, we have a?ritual whereby people?soak in the cold winter?water both to?discipline their perseverance and pray for a healthy year. Wouldn’t this be the same??

We went, froze and had a great time!?

“Hatsu-warai” means first laugh of the year. We believe?if we have a laugh on the first day of the year, we’ll be full of?laugher all year.

Here we go!
Freezin for a reason…. for your smile and happiness all year around!

Thank you Tokyo Circus for making this event?come true. ?And thank you very much Kenji-san, Janis, and Shinobu-san?for the beutiful photos to remember this beautiful moment.
You can see more amazing photos on our Facebook Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club page! Check it out now!!!!!

By the way, Tenugui fundoshi will be available on March at wuhaonyc.com

smile

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From Ruri

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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From Ruri

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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From Ruri