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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.23 – “Life” and “Hope” – Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 26th, 2008
cathedral parkway subway station

cathedral parkway subway station

I would like to send short stories to you on this special day…
I often ask myself “what is the meaning of life?”, and I have never had an answer for it.
I saw a homeless man was sleeping on the other side of platform when I wait for my subway to work every morning. He was always there on the same spot at the station and I just wondered what the meaning of life meant to him…
The night before Christmas, I was standing in my same place?at the station but he was not there …

Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square Holiday Market

We have many different faces and life...

We have many different faces and life...

I went to the Holiday Market at? Union Square last week. Many colorful vendors tents show us holiday cheers, even while?we have been struggling during these bad economy situations.
A weired looking old man was sitting on the stairs with his layerd rotten clothes and looked at me. I thought that he wanted to ask me for a quater or a penny, instead he gave me the most beautiful smile and said; “Happy Holidays!” I was shocked by his holiday greeting instead of asking me for some change, and soon I was embarrassed myself… Then he said; “Have a nice day, Lady!” I smiled and said; “Happy Holidays!”

the statue of liberty from the riverside park

the statue of liberty from the riverside park

It’s the Kippenbrock’s Christmas tradition to watch the movie “It’s a wonderful life” on the Christmas Eve since 1995. I skipped a few Christmas since I moved to New York but I watched it this year. As you know, this movie shows us Christmas Blessing, Family Bond… etc. I found a very important message last night that I had never gotten before… “What would this world be like if you were not here?”

I went to see Milk, the movie about Harvey Milk?this afternoon. I was deeply touched about him and his life, and it made me think about Life, Religion, Human Rights, and HOPE. I think that religion and politics should not be talked about at the same place, but unfortunately it happens often. Harvey Milk’s great work was not just for gay rights but for all people and their equality. He left us with “H-O-P-E” in our hearts.
Many good and unexpecting things have been happening in the world. “LIFE” and “HOPE” …?
I believe that each one of us has special meaning and I wish that we will always have “HOPE” in our hearts.??

These movies were perfect to see on this special day, and with my special one… Thank you for being here…

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2008

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2008

Radio City on Christmas Day

Radio City on Christmas Day

Thank you very much for all your supports to us and Tenugui this year.

Best Wishes to all…. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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- to be continued….

From Ruri