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Tenugui Mumbling Vol.147 – The Kitano Hotel New York Tenugui

Friday, August 28th, 2015
Kimono Style special wrapping

Kimono Style special wrapping

Our First collaboration with The Kitano Hotel New York, The Kitano Tenugui just came up :-)

The Kitano Hotel New York and Manhattan Skyscraper

The Kitano Hotel New York and Manhattan Skyscraper

It took a few months to finalized design, and finally The Kitano Tenugui was born :-)
Thank you very much The Kitano Hotel New York, let me design and make this beautiful tenugui!
It was one of great project ever!!!!

- to be continued….
Thank You

From Ruri

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.110 – Tenugui Noren

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Tenugui Fan Yolin's Tenugui Noren

Tenugui Fan Yolin made Tenugui noren with two First Sunrise Tenugui

Tenugui Fan Yolin sent us a photo to sharing his Tenugui Noren with us! He used two First Sunrise Tenugui, and made a hem on the top of Tenugui for a rod. Can you see details on his Noren?? The cloud lined up together, cranes are flying toward each other… you know why? Because he used one tenugui face up, and the other uses reverse side, that is why he can made this detailed design. Only Japanese chusen tenugui can make this amazing trick!

Two cherry blossom tenugui can make a big one tree!

Two cherry blossom tenugui can make a big one tree!

Check this photo! I framed two Cherry Blossom tenugui, one is face up, and the other uses reverse side, and hang them on the wall next together. What you see on the wall?? Yes, one big Cherry Tree!

Japanese Chusen method came up over 100 years ago. Using this special dye method, and we can be able to dye both face and reverse side, dye through colors both side. That is why, chusen tenugui can make this special trick!

It’s a Tenugui Magic, Viva Tenugui \(*v*)/

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.66 – Tenugui Exhibition @ the Japan Fondation, Canada!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Great news for Tenugui Fans in Canada!
The Tenugui exhibition “Tenugui Design Excellence in Japanese Daily Life” is being presented by the Japan Foundation, Toronto, in association with Kamawanu (Japanese Tenugui Company).
You can see over 200 tenugui on display, as well as a documentary about the making of tenugui.
The exhibition will be held through?July 30th.

And there will be a tenugui lecture by Mr. Kazuhiro Kato (vice president of Kamawanu) on June 3rd (Thu) 6:30pm to 8:30pm.? Please check the link below for more details;

The Japan Foundation Home Page:

The Tenugui Lecture by Mr. Kazuhiro Kato

My parents live near Kamawanu tenugui shop in Daikan-yama, Tokyo, just five minutes from their home.
I have always enjoyed spending time in their shop to check all tenugui and tenugui goods there.
It is my dream store, hopefully, someday I will open a store just like Kamawanu-san in New York!!!

Gotta hustle~~~

Thank you very much for sharing this great information with us, Kate-san!!!

- to be continue…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.43 – Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Japanese Tenugui Art

Please join us @ Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club on Facebook!

Tenugui mumbling Vol.41 – wuhaonyc on the Madison Avenue!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
our Tenugui Art booth on the Madison Avenue

our Tenugui Art booth on Madison Avenue

We attended the NYC Japan Street Fair on 8/23 (Sun) with Brooklyn bug New York Vintage. We caught a few drops of rain while setting up our booth, but it mostly stopped during the event, “Thank you Heaven!” Between 43rd and 44th street on Madison avenue, many visitors were wondering around and enjoying Japanese festival spirits there, food, music, performance and… yes, We are wuhaonyc Tenugui Art! Thank you very much for coming to our booth and sharing the beauty of Japanese Tenugui with us!

Yoshiko-san and Miho-san Kimono Beauty

Yoshiko-san and Miho-san Kimono Beauty

?I saw many old friends and new friends since I moved to NYC almost 4-years ago. One of my friends that I met?when I was taking a short course at Columbia University came to our booth and gave us a big Happy surprise! I had not seen her for a while, and she came to the fair with her beautiful baby. Congratulation for your new family!!!
My kimono friends Yoshiko-san and Miho-san came with their beautiful kimono! Tenugui and Kimono beauty, what a perfect couple!

Super wuhao supporter Gosha!

Super wuhao supporter Gosha!

And…. Thanks to our super support staff Gosha-kun! His powerful voice and wonderful performance totally attracted visitors. He is a member of UZUHI, Japanese acoustic punk band and running around the city for their performances. Thank you very much Gosha-kun for your super super SUPER support to us!

Our upcoming event is New York?Anime Fesitival?from 9/25-27 at the Javits Center, NYC. We would like to attend many events showing you the beauty of Tenugui and wuhao styles at the site.
I always love to see my friends and visitors at the booth, and also?YOU,?our dear wuhao Friends!
See you soon again at our upcoming events!!!

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling vol.28 – Reborn wuhaonyc.com – Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club

Monday, March 2nd, 2009
my ohinasama - obina (male doll) and mebina (female doll) a couple dolls is closely sitting together.

my ohinasama - obina (male doll) and mebina (female doll) a couple dolls closely sit together.

Hina-matsuri is the girl’s festival on March 3rd in Japan, when the birth of girls is celebrated and wishes are expressed for their future happiness. These hina-ningyo (dolls) are mine and came all the way to New York. My aunt Yachiyo made them when I was born in Osaka, Japan. A couple of dolls have been traveling with me all over the world… wow,?they have?been away from Japan 25-years this year! I know that they have seen many chapters of my life… Please see more about Hina-matsuri on our page from here

snow in March - walk to begining of spring

snow in March - walk to the beginning of spring (st)!

Great news to you! Reborn wuhao newyork Tenugui Art!
Yes, Finally our site has moved to a new web-hosting server. Did you notice how clear all photos and pages look? We’ve upgraded many new programs and functions also, so it’s more fun and secure to shop at our site.

And more,
To celebrate our new site, we’ve reduced most of our tenugui 10 – 20%!!! So… everybody!
Please celebrate with us… Looking forward to happy spring!

wuhao friend gab-chan with wuhao natural indigo tenugui

wuhao friend gab-chan with wuhao natural indigo tenugui

wuhaonyc.com is on Facebook now! We’ve created Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club to share everything about Japanese Tenugui with Tenugui Lovers. Please come and join our Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club- “Yes, Wonder of Tenugui!”

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling vol.17 – Sakura Sakura to John O’Connor – Japanese Design “Flower”

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Sakura and Memorial in Washington DC

Hiroe and Ayumi – my two lovely friends

We had held two Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Events in April.
The largest Japanese Street Festival in the U.S. “Sakura Matsuri” was held on April 12 (Sat) in Washington DC. From time to time it rained a moment, but over 140,000 people came and enjoyed the Japanese Omatsuri (Festival) Spirits with gracious cherry blossoms. Thank you to all visitors who came and let us show you our Tenugui Art. We are so glad to be there and to have a chance to introduce to you Tenugui at the site.

And most of all… Thank you Hiroe and Ayumi – two wonderful dear friends – who work with me showing the beauty of Tenugui to everybody. I am sure I could not have done this without y’all…

Definately, we will return to Washington D.C. for the Sakura Matsuri 2009 with new blooming Sakura next year!

my best friend Hiroe and me!

my best friend Hiroe and me!

Ruri and Hiroe with wuhao uniform!

Our second collaboration with Sakagura Restaurant (211 E 43rd Street, NY, NY) was held on April 21st (Mon). We displayed our Sakura Tenugui for their OHANAMI SAKE TASTING 2008. All customers surely enjoyed selected feasts and sake under blooming cherry blossoms, and also Sakura Tenugui!

Sake and Sakura Tenugui

Sake and Sakura Tenugui

Sake bottle with petal Tenugui

Sakagura sakura menu

Sakagura sakura menu

Ohanami Sake Tasting 2008 Menu

SAKURA – Japanese believe it symbolized it one’s ideal life. Live like Sakura and go like Sakura – means “Flourish Life”.
We got a Tenugui order and a letter from John in January 2008. This is very personal, but I would like to put his letter on my site to remember and honor his great spirit.
He was a brave fighter and had a big warming heart. I will always remember him and his beautiful soul.
John-san… he gave me a confidence to my new life and made me feel I am doing a right thing.
I miss him very much…

John O’Conner – deceased April 28, 2008

Hello Ruri,

I received my Tenugui order and your gift yesterday and must say that I could not be more pleased. I bought these as gifts for my friends and now I see that I will need more for myself.

I do have a use for then as I am a kendo player. Unfortunately it remains to be seen if I will continue to play as, like your husband, I have cancer. It has been three years now since I was first diagnosed and was in remission for awhile until recently. I now go through chemo again and like it even less than the first time.
Right now my goal is to stop the spread as there is of yet no cure but I feel that a breakthrough is imminent.

I recently was invited to play on the seniors team for the Eastern U.S. Kendo Federation at the U.S. National championships in July. If I am healthy enough to do it I will wear one of your Tenugui.

Keep up the good work and keep you spirits high.

With best regards,

John O’Connor

New composition is here from The Gordon School. Please enjoy her beautiful Tenugui art!

The Gordon School – composition #09 “Flower “-



I chose to use these designs on my Tenugui because they reminded me of Japanese Garden. The pretty colors and shapes seem to reflect both American and Japanese cultures.


Students artist wearing “Flower”

- to be continued…

From Ruri

mumbling date on May 06, 2008

Tenugui mumbling vol.09 – Tenugui Project – Japanese Design

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

The Gordon School (Providence, RI)
Mrs. Dumville and her students


Their artworks


We got a letter from The Gordon School (Providence, RI) . I am so excited to showcase their projects on our web-site. This is the program in Mrs. Dumville’s class about “Japanese Design”. Their Tenugui show wonderful creativity by each student and it totally amazes me. I would like to introduce a new series on our Tenugui blog: their art program, Tenugui project and Japanese Design class. The first episode is the letter from Mrs. Dumville “Toni’s Tenugui Story”, which is a beautiful collaboration between Tenugui and The Gordon school art class. And also check out the composition “Trick or Treat”.

- The letter from Mrs. Tori Dumville -

“Toni’s Tenugui Story”

I vividly remember the first time I saw a Tenugui. As a participant in the 2007 Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund program for teachers, I had been given the honor to visit Japan for the first time. Eager to see an expansive view of the city at night, I walked from my hotel to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and rode the elevator up 220 meters to the observation tower. June 13th at 10 in the evening, the city lights dazzled forever. But, my true inspiration would be found in the adjacent gift shop. Hydrangea blooms in colors of blue, gold and lavenders were crisply printed on pure white cotton. Folded and wrapped in acetate, it caught my eye and captured my imagination. Soon, I noticed a charming collection of assorted designs. What were these pieces of cloth? Opened up, I could see the edges were unfinished and the fabric quite soft and supple. I spent my first yen on three pieces – the hydrangea, a pattern of blue and white geometric forms, and a bold graphic design with zig zags and stripes in gray and red. It would be a while before I would discover the story behind these delightful textiles and the role they would play in my teaching. They were everywhere in Tokyo now. Men were wearing them in the Tsukiji Fish Market as they filleted tuna. In store windows, bottles of sake were wrapped in spotted cloth. My visit to the Open Air Architecture Museum provided me with some answers. The shop contained many marvelous pieces and a handbook about Tenugui.

When I returned home from Japan in early July, I was curious to know if anyone was selling Tenugui in the states. I happily discovered Ruri and her marvelous company, wuhao newyork Inc. I am grateful for her energy, enthusiasm and sincere interest in my desire to learn about Japanese culture and my work with students.

As an art instructor at the Gordon School in East Providence, RI., I designed a course this fall, called “Japanese Design” to expose students to Japanese aesthetics and culture. I introduced my middle school students to the tradition and craft of Tenugui. In the art studio, they were challenged to design a piece using images from American culture. Their individual Tenugui had to reflect their interests and experiences. Since I could not use the traditional Japanese methods for printing on fabric, I decided to teach them the technique of silk-screening. After they designed a repeat pattern, they cut our stencils to apply to screens. Students were asked to carefully select a color pallete, keeping in mind the theme and emotional quality of their particular design. The studio was filled with excitement, hard work and camaraderie as thirteen-year-old students experimented with ideas, inks and fabric to create functional art inspired by an ancient Japanese tradition. We hope you like these one of a kind Tenugui.

Toni Dumville

The Gordon School – composition #01 – Trick or Treat


The design for my Tenugui represents the stereotypical Halloween characters! A ghost, the devil, a bone and a skull are the usual suspects for classic costumes.


Student Artist wearing “Trick or Treat”

- to be continued…

From Ruri

Mumbling date on November 13, 2007