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Tenugui mumbling Vol.134 – Legendary Character (TATOO TENUGUI)

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Japanese Legendary Character

Japanese Legendary Character

I am very excited our new collaboration with HORISHI (Tattoo Artist) – TATTOO TENUGUI  collection just arrived at wuhaonyc.com.

This TATTOO tenugui using five Japanese legendary character in design. Let me introduce you these character today :-)

Tengu, Okame, Oni, Hyottoko and Hannya

Tengu, Okame, Oni, Hyottoko and Hannya

From left to right toward to you;

TENGU – Tengu is a type of legendary creature, and also considered a type of Shinto god. The character usually has a long nose.

OKAME – Okame also called Otafuk, is a legendary comical female character, Okame means Tortoise symbol for long life, and Otafuku means Much Good Fortune.

ONI – Oni is a kind of yōkai from Japanese folklore, variously translated as demons, devils, ogres or trolls.

HYOTTOKO – Hyottoko is a legendary comical male character in Japan. The origin of the name comes from hi ( fire) and otoko (man) because the character is blowing fire with a bamboo pipe,
that is why he has a funny shaped mouth. He wearing Mame-shibori which is the most typical dots printed Tenugui.

HANNYA – Hannya is a character of a jealous female demon or serpent. It possesses two sharp bull-like horns, metallic eyes, and a leering mouth split from ear to ear. The name Hannya is a Japanese word for wisdom.

Very Cool, aren’t they?

- to be continued….
Ghetto Fab

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.45 – Hyottoko photos from Japan

Saturday, October 24th, 2009
Hyottoko&Okame, and Shichifukujin by TETSU

Hyottoko&Okame, and Shichifukujin by TETSU

I was Google-ing about “Hyottoko” and I found a great blog from Japan. TETSU takes many amazing photos, and shares his great works on his blog. The colors are so vivid and fresh, and also have a warm feeling in all of his photos. I can feel the breeze and breath from his compositions.
So, as soon as I found his photos, I contacted him, and Guess What?
We’ll start a new collaboration of photos and Tenugui from now on!

This is our first collaboration “the beauty is in that difference” No.01 – Hyottoko

Hyottoko dance by TETSU

Hyottoko dance by TETSU

Hyottoko is a Japanese unique male character known among the Japanese for more than 900-years. It features a male dancer blowing fire from a bamboo tube, creating a funny faced, comical character. Tetsu took these photos one summer at the festival in Nigata. They performed ,Hyottoko & Okame dance, and also Shichifukujin (Senven Luck God) in their festival. The dancers wore Hyottoko & Okame masks, and use mame-shibori Tenugui as head covers. Tenugui are always a part of our culture for many decades.

Thank you Tetsu-san for sharing your beautiful photos with us!
And… Dear wuhao friends, sending you “the beauty is in that difference”, a part of Japan for you today!

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.44 – Tenugui Magic Vol.02 Hyottoko Dance

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Tenugui can be used many different ways. Our “Hyottoko Tenugui” is a very unique one, it has two eye holes on it, so you may use it as a mask. It will be your great Halloween mask. We made a short movie of the “Hyottoko Dance”?for?you…

The Hyottoko Dance is a Japanese traditional dance dating back more than 900 years. It features a male dancer blowing fire from a bamboo tube, creating a funny faced, comical character called Hyottoko, which has been loved by the Japanese. It may also include a female character called “Okame”, and of course we have a “Okame Tenugui” on our site as well!
In the video, the dancer is wearing Hyottoko Tenugui and Tenugui Fundoshi (Japanese traditional underwear… coming soon at our site) in Central Park, hopefully brings you a laugh of magic from New York!

I always believe that Good foods, Daily Exercises, Many Laughes, and Love… bring healthy life to your day.
A laugh of magic, Happy Halloween, everybody!!!

- to be continued…

From Ruri

Tenugui mumbling vol.21 – Tenugui Trick – Japanese Design “Havest Moon”

Saturday, October 4th, 2008
Funky Duo in Okame Tenugui and Hyottoko Tenugui

Funky Duo in Okame Tenugui and Hyottoko Tenugui

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Pause with Okame Tenugui and Hyottoko Tenugui

Pause with Okame Tenugui and Hyottoko Tenugui

Trick or Treat?

We hear unexpected news everyday from the screens and papers… what will be next week.. next month or even next year… makes us think about our unknown future. Thinking and concerned …and getting nervous. Well… feel hopeless.
My dear friend told me that “We must live for today!” – Yes that’s right and I am thankful for what I have now.

The holiday season is on the way, here are some ideas for your Halloween. Tenugui will make a perfect Halloween costume without spending too much money. Look at Funky Duo above, how reasonable and cute!!
Ren-san wears Hyottoko Tenugui, her Tenugui even has funny nose hair but she still looks so lovely! Nao-san wears Okame Tenugui, big smile with sweet kisses, brings happy smile to everybody! Thank you very much for ALOHA RAG New York members to showing us Funky Tenugui Trick! Please come and visit at ALOHA RAG (505 Greenwich street, New York) high fashion boutique and you may see the Funky Duo there!

Ninja-Style with Karakusa Tenugui

Ninja-Style with Karakusa Tenugui

And here are more ideas for you.
Our wuhao Model Gab-chan wears Karakusa Tenugui, guess what!
Yes, you can be a “Ninjya”, just a Tenugui wrap!

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Candy Bowl uses Yogi Tenugui!

Candy Bowl uses Yogi Tenugui!

Tenugui can be your candy bowl or baskets also.
Just make a few knots and here you go!
Yogi Skelton Tenugui changes to a candy bowl.

Have a Happy Halloween with your Tenugui!

New composition is here from The Gordon School. Please enjoy his poetic Tenugui art!

The Gordon School – composition #12 – Harvest Moon

“Harvest Moon”

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A thicket of bamboo stands with a crane, forming the harvest moon in the sky.Two leaves fall to earth on my Tenugui.



Students artist wearing “Harvest Moon”

- to be continued…

?From Ruri