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Tenugui mumbling Vol.112 – Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30th, 2012
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Are you ready for Welcome year 2013?

Thank you very much for your love of Tenugui all year around. I love tenugui very much, … well as you know :-)
This simple rectangular 100% cotton cloth has unlimited possibilities, to design, to use… and each piece has a beautiful story behind it. We can feel changing season, warming holidays, bitter sweet memories… through Tenugui.

Many unexpected things had happened year 2012, many people died… lost their home, family, and friends… because of nature disaster, or human involved…. Many people are struggling to have foods and comforts in the many places. I am hoping that each one of us, will appreciate what we have in our hands, and sharing and giving what we have, and respect one’s life each other.

I always have my favorite tenugui in my hands, to wiping my happy and sad tears… Tenugui always gives me a warm comfort. Me and Tenugui are always together, for coming new year 2013 as well!
Wishing you a Happy New Year, and hoping you have your favorite tenugui in your hands on your good days and bad days, and please remember that? I am thinking about you, and wishing your happiness as always.

Happy New Year, Tenugui Fans!

- to be continued…
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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.103 – Jereme Sander’s Story

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

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Jereme is a Parkour practitioner, a member of the Tribe (Professional Parkour Team) and American Parkour, and also he is a Tenugui fan. You can find him at Tenugui on the street Vol.35 at our site.

Parkour originally came from France, and was used for Military education and training during World War I and II.? The main purpose of the discipline is to teach participants how to move through their environment by vaulting, rolling, running, climbing and jumping…. just like a Ninja!

This video is a story about Jereme Sanders; becoming and working to be a Parkour Traceur is not easy, but his passion and love of Parkour has touched my heart deeply.

It’s a great thing to have what you love most, and living your life doing what you love.
Life has many different forms, and I believe that your love and passion, and thoughts, create your destiny.

Wishing Happy Holidays,?Jereme and ?all Tenugui Fans!

- to be continued…

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.91 – Precious Life… on Earth Day

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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My sweet friend Emiko sent me this video the other day, because she knew I am a big fan of Dr. Andrew Weil. I would like to share this beautiful movie “Gaia Symphony” on Earth Day!

You may see Tenugui in many scenes in this short film, Takako Takano (Environment Educator) is wearing a tenugui as a head wrap, Greg Lemond (a former champion of road bicycle racer) is taking a dip?in the?Japanese hot spring, and people are covering their heads with white tenugui while attending Japanese ritual ceremonies….

I have started my new Tenugui project “I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Project” since last week to help support the survivors of Japan earthquake and Tsunami. It helps in supporting the survivors, by sending tenugui and care messages to them. I have received many messages from Tenugui fans. It has been a very precious moment for me to get a messages from the supporters, and write it down on a heart shaped card to the survivors. You can see all care messages that we have received on our site now.
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And guess what?
You may find Dr. Weil’s message to the Japanese survivors on “Message from Around the World” at our site also!

Life is very precious, we never know what will happen tomorrow. Let’s be thankful for what we have now, and thankful for the life we have… We all live on this blue round earth together…

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- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.77 – Kanpai with your Tenugui

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Scott Kippenbrock - the great man in universe

Scott Kippenbrock - the great man in the universe

Today is a very special day for Kippenbrock family and friends…

Scott was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2002 while living in Shanghai, China with me. After a lengthy but courageous battle with this insidious disease, he passed away October 11th, 2005 in Texas.

He always made people laugh and smile in any circumstance… in the subway station, airport, bar, restaurant, work, hospital… and of course our home. It was very important for him to “Make You Happy”, and so, he was very happy himself to receive smile from others. It’s a very simple way to be happy, “If you are happy, I am happy”.

Since he went to Heaven, our family and friends have been moving on to next stage of our life in many different places in the world. I know sure that he is always watching over us, cheers us up, and make us smile in many different ways…

I always think that I want to be a person like him… strong, warm and has a big heart and love…
And I would like to “Make You Happy” through Tenugui and my web site.

For Scott Kippenbrock… You are a great man in the universe…

Kanpai!

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- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.69 – Happy Father’s Day, Papa!

Sunday, June 20th, 2010
my father Kosuke Kabashima @ Beijing, China

my father Kosuke Kabashima @ Beijing, China

My father was born and lived in China?for forty years of his life. He spent his childhood in the Northern parts of Manchuria. I can’t imagine how difficult it was to live there during? World War II, and after the war,??also because he is Japanese.

He never told me about his life in China when I was little, until he wrote a book “Liu Jo” after he retired from the company that he worked at for over 30 years. “Liu Jo”?means flying seeds from willow trees. We can see “Liu Jo”? in Beijing, tons and tons of seeds fly all over the city in Spring time. He thought that his life is just like “Liu Jo”.

He is a hard worker. My mother told me that when she was pregnant, he left home for his business trip abroad, and? three days before I was born, he came back from his trip.

Life is interesting. I also spent 18-years of my life in China, and I am living in New York now, I am sure I have?been infuluenced from Father as well.

Life is balanced. He worked so hard when he was younger, not having enough time to spend with his family. Now he spends most of his?time with my mother. They are just like best friends, I guess, and have been soul mates more than 50-years!

my papa and mama in Beijing, China

my papa and mama - they both love tenugui, always have one with them.

Life is beautiful. He is?a cancer surviver. Remaining positive during his illness, spending quality?time with his wife, and teaching Chinese and Chinese business to?his students,?he passes?on his knowledge and experience to the?next generation.

I am very proud of?my father, and I am very glad to be his daughter!
Happy Father’s Day, Papa from New York!

Father's Day Girl

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.67 – The beauty is in that difference No.09 Life

Thursday, June 10th, 2010
nature life - photo by TETSU

nature life - photo by TETSU

light and shadow - photo by TETSU

light and shadow - photo by TETSU

silent breeze - photo by TETSU

silent breeze - photo by TETSU

A Japanese photographer TETSU took these photos in his home town, Nigata, Japan.
Can you feel light and shadow, silent breeze, and whisper from nature life…
I feel peaceful moment without any words.

Even I don’t know the name of these flowers, but I certainly feel life from his photos,
and they are very beautiful…

We live with many distracted objects and matters every day,
so we always need some kind of comfort to keep our balance well.
Good music, arts, books, movies…
many things bring us a piece of peace in our body and mind.

Hope Tenugui will bring you a nice breeze, like nature life…

- 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.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

Tenugui mumbling Vol. 38 – Mother River

Sunday, July 26th, 2009
Hudson River Park - one of my favorite place in NYC

Hudson River Park - one of my favorite places in NYC

The Hudson River Park is one of my favorite places in New York. Sitting on the bench and watching over to New Jersey… This place always give me a quiet moment even in the hectic city life.

my lunch box - wrap with goldfish tenugui

my lunch box - wrap with goldfish tenugui

I often have lunch in this park.? It was one sunny summer afternoon… I was sitting at my favorite spot in the park,?and ready to open my lunch box.?I can see the Statue of Liberty far away from there. I?looked towards the river, then a big boat slowly came toward to the mouth of the Hudson. “PEACE BOAT” – it must be the boat’s name.

The Peace boat and the Statue of Liberty

The Peace boat and the Statue of Liberty

Mother river… Peace boat and the Statue of Liberty… came into my view at the same time. I had a very deep moment in the afternoon.

Sumida-river in Tokyo

Sumida-river in Tokyo

This photo is Sumida-gawa (Sumida river) in Tokyo. My Tenugui workshop is located near there.?Miyakawa-san who works in the Tenugui workshop took this photo and sent it to?me.?Tenugui was washed in the river after printing in the old century.

Sometimes, it’s very difficult to deal with many little and big things in our lives, especially in the recession. No good news from TV… I see new signs, “Store for Rent” everywhere in the city. It is not easy to keep living the same as before for many people, including myself.

Mother river carries our life from the moutains to the ocean… We all came from the same place and go to the same place. If I think about Mother river… Life is not too bad even during difficult times…
Actually, Life is very beautiful…

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

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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.

- to be continued…

From: Ruri