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Tenugui mumbling Vol. 136 – Enjoy Tenugui with The Five Senses

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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“Enjoy Tenugui with the Five Senses” , new Tenugui Event is coming this Thursday!  This special event is a collaboration with wine importer and the restaurant Tokyo Tapas Café in West Village in New York.

I would like to introducing you Tenugui through The Five Senses. Let’s Sneak Peek, how we use our Five Senses, and enjoy Tenugui.

Sight:
Enjoy “The Five Elements” – tenugui installation and learn tenugui design, colors and history.

Hearing:
Try TENUGUI EXERCISE, simple stretch with a live piano performance.
Release tension, and relax your mind and body.

Touch:
Learn Tenugui gift wrapping, and also, discover many different ways of using tenugui.

Taste:
Experience Japanese low calorie potato called Konnyaku.
Enjoy five different Konnyaku tapas and a dessert.

Smell:
Enjoy amazing aroma with two different kinds of wine, that specially selected for the event,
and paired with Konnyaku Tapas.

How are these all sounds for you, Tenugui fans?
DATE:  12/4 (Thu)  6:45pm Open  start from 7 to 8:30 pm
Venue: Tokyo Tapas Café (7 Cornelia Street / W 4 th street, NYC)
Cover charge $40 including Foods and Drink, and receive a free Tenugui  (30-guests only)

Reservation by phone or email to;
(Phone) 212 242 6333  Tokyo Tapas Café
(Email)   tokyotapascafenyc@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

… to be continued.

Roll

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.132 – Upcoming Event Sakura Matsuri 2014

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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Dear Tenugui Fans!
Thank you very much for visiting Sakura Matsuri at White Plains this Sunday. I had a change to join this amazing event this year. It was so nice to visiting new town.  I met a cutest Karate Kid at the event with his cool Daddy!
Always love to meet new Tenugui friends at the event.

Our Tenugui Journey is ongoing to visiting another towns next weekend! We’ll attend Sakura Matsuri at Stamford (CT), and Harrison (NY)! See event information below.

5/3 (Sat)  Stamford Sakura Matsuri
Place:  Mill River Park (1050 Washington Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901)
11 am to 4 pm

5/4 (Sun) Harrison Japan Spring Festival
Place:  Riis Park and Harrison Library (2 Bruce Ave., Harrison, NY 10528)
11 am to 4 pm

Hope to see you there, Tenugui Fans!

- to be continued…
Blow kiss

From:  Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol. 130 – THE SEA by Katsushika Hokusai

Sunday, March 9th, 2014
One of the best artwork by Hokusai

One of the best artwork by Hokusai

I love Ukiyo-e very much. Ukiyo-e is Japanese Woodblock printing, it has variety of printing available to see in the museum and gallery.

Hokusai Katsushika’s the view of Mt. Fuji are very famous series of his Ukiyoe. This big wave – is one of the most popular one, might you have seen in Japanese restaurant. We have this wave design tenugui at our site also :-)

The Sea – exhibition will coming from 3/13 at Ronin Gallery (425 Madison Ave at 49th street, NYC), and we can enjoy Japanese Woodblock paint there, including Hokusai!
http://roningallery.com/

Always something happening in New York City, even Japanese Art!
Yes, I LOVE NEW YORK!

- to be continued…

 Sign I Love You

From: Ruri

 

Tenugui mumbling Vol. 129 – Hina matsuri

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Mini Hina-Ningyo and Mame Shibori Tenugui :-)

Mini Hina-Ningyo and Mame Shibori Tenugui :-)

March 3rd is Hina Matsuri, also called Doll’s Festival or Girl’s day!
Hina Matsuri began in Heian Period (794-1185). In ancient Japanese custom called Hina-nagashi, which a set of Hina-Ningyo (dolls) set on a small boat, and sent down a river to the sea to sending away bad omen from their children. Over  the centuries, the ceremony has been changing, and families who have daughters, decorate the set of Hina-ningyo in the room, and pray her happiness during the Hina-matsuri season.
In myth, some family believes that their daughter would not be able to marry, if they don’t put Hinamatsuri dolls away, just after the Hinamatsuri. So usually Hina-ningyo was put away in the box, and send to the storage right after the festival.

I heard very interesting story last night. It’s getting more popular to buy own Hina-ningyo among over the 40-years old ladies, who haven’t married yet. The tradition has been changing along with changing generation.

Anyway….. this is my mini Hina-Ningyo with Mame shibori Tenugui :-)

Happy Girl’s Day, Tenugui fans!

- to be continued…

Ginger

From: Ruri

 

 

 

Tenugui mumbling Vol.127 – Welcome Year 2014

Saturday, December 28th, 2013
Japanese New Year Decoration

Japanese New Year Decoration

Getting ready for welcome New Year 2014?
This is Japanese New Year decoration, called SHOGATSU KAZARI tenugui.

KAGAMI MOCHI is a main decoration for Japanese New Year.

KAGAMI MOCHI is a main decoration for Japanese New Year.

Tokono-ma is a small corner space in the Japanese room, decorate with seasonal objects, flower arrangements, or wall hanging such as called KAKE-JIKU to welcome family and friends, and also new seasons.

KAGAMI MOCHI is a Japanese traditional new year decoration made with sticky rice. Kagami means mirror, and Mochi is rice cake. Kagami mochi first appeared in Muromachi Period (14 to 16th Century), it usually consists two round rice cake, and one Japanese orange called Dai Dai. Two round stacked rice cake is symbolized the going and coming New Year, the human hearts, yin and yang, and the moon and the sun. Dai Dai orange is symbolized generations, wishing families continues to next generation.

Are you ready for year 2014?
Wishing you all the best of year 2014, a Happy New Year Tenugui fans!

- to be continued…
Champagne bottle accident

From: Ruri

Tenugui Mumbling Vol.121 – Congratulation Mt. Fuji \(*v*)/

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

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Mt. Fuji granted the UNESCO World Heritage site yesterday! Japan’s the most highest mountain and celebrated peak has been loved by people who came around the world in many centuries. We are so excited and would like to celebrate Mt. Fuji with all Tenugui Fans together :-)

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First 10-customers order online will receive a Free Hokusai Mini Uchiwa (see the photos). The mini uchiwa was made with Japanese washi paper, and printed one of the great Ukiyo-e piece “Mt. Fuji seen below a wave at Kanagawa” from his collection of the 36- great views of Mt. Fuji.
And don’t forget, we have great collection of Hokusai Ukiyo-e tenugui at our site always!

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Only 10 uchiwa is available, so please hurry up and get your Hokusai mini uchiwa now!
* The campaign will be ended after received the 10th order online without a  notice.

Enjoy your summer with Mt. Fuji Tenugui!

- to be continued…

Hurry Up

From: Ruri

 

 

 

Tenugui Mumbling Vol.117 – Tenugui Money Wrap

Monday, April 29th, 2013
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Japanese traditional style money envelop made with Sakura Tenugui! A Musubi-kiri bow is suitable to use for a wedding or any other celebrations, except a baby shower.

It’s Spring time, season of Graduation and Wedding, and many celebrations are on the way. We have a great gift idea for your family and friends, TENUGUI MONEY WRAP!

In Japan, we also customarily send some money as a gift for celebration, so their family and friends can use it for their future needs. We have a special money envelop, called O-SHU-GI BUKURO (お祝儀袋), means Celebration Envelop. Usually, comes with two parts, a white paper envelop for putting money, and outer wrapping with Japanese washi paper, and then, ties a bow with Japanese traditional strings called Mizuhiki.

Mizuhiki has some traditonal rules; let me explain about Mizuhiki. See the photo below;
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The top one called HANA-MUSUBU, just like a standard bow knot. HANA-MUSUBU can unwind and make a knots in many times, so it uses for the event desired to occur repeatedly, like a new born baby and anniversary.

The middle one called MUSUBI-KIRI. MUSUBI-KIRI was knotted very tightly, and can’t unwind after made a knot, so it uses for the event not desired to occur again, such as wedding, celebration for the recovery. MUSUBI-KIRI is also used for funeral and memorial ceremony, but only uses black and white strings, instead red and white (or other colorful colors).

The last one called AWAJI-MUSUBI, AWAJI-MUSUBI was knotted tightly and many circle layers, wishing a long relationship, so it uses for the event like a wedding or anniversaries as well.

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KICHO design with Musubi-kiri bow is a perfect money wrap for Wedding, and any celebrations, except a baby shower.

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OWL DESIGN and HANA-MUSUBI is a perfect money wrap for baby gift and graduation, birthday, and any events want to have repeatedly.

Tenugui Money Wrap is made with a half size Tenugui, so can be used as a Handkerchief later, and keep it with a beautiful celebration memory.
Isn’t so lovely idea?

- to be continued…
Bride

From: Ruri

 

 

 

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 :-)

- to be continued…

Hatched

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol. 114 – Valentine’s day or Fundoshi Day?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and Fundoshi Day!

Valentines Day or Fundoshi Day?

I found this photo on Facebook, and I LOVE IT!!!!!!! It said; ” February 14th, Valentine’s and Fundoshi Day – Relationship and Fundoshi can make a knot many times. ”

Do you know about Fundoshi? Fundoshi is a Japanese traditional underwear that has a very long history. The shape of Fundoshiis a vertical Tenugui with a long string attached on it. You can use string to tie Fundoshi around your waist, and the Tenugui portion comes around between your legs. See the photo of Tenugui Fundoshi master Ringmaster Yoshi (Tokyo Circus) here!

Ringmaster Yoshi - Tokyo Circus!

Ringmaster Yoshi - Tokyo Circus!

So now, I think I can think of this quote in two different ways;

1. When your Fundoshi get looser, you can tie up(or fix) tightly anytime, so does your old relationship.

2. Fundoshi can tie many times, so does making new relationship with someone always.

Well… how do you think?
Let’s give a nicely tight hug to your sweetheart tomorrow, and show her/him your true love!
Or hug yourself nicely for Thank you being ME :-)

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, Tenugui Fans \(*v*)/
We love you always!!!!!!

- to be continued…

Valentine hand heart

From: Ruri