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Tenugui mumbling Vol.132 – Upcoming Event Sakura Matsuri 2014

Monday, April 28th, 2014


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.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…


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.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!


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

Tenugui mumbling vol.30 – Sakura Matsuri in Washington DC

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

March 20 is Shun-bun (春分) in Japan. In the day of Shunbun, day and night are exactly the same length because of where the sun is located.?People celebrate the new?spring… animals wake up?from a long hibernation… greens start to grow and flowers bloom everywhere.
Sakura?is cherry blossoms in Japanese. The cherry blossoms have started blooming last week in Japan, and it’s almost time to bloom here in US.?
The Sakura Matsuri in Washington DC – Japanese Street Festival is now the largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture in the United States. And it will be held on April 04 (Sat) this year.
We are very pleased to inform you that we will attend to Sakura Matsuri in DC as a Tenugui vendor this year. The short movie by Mindsfireproduction?above, is the Sakura Matsuri 2008. And you can see?our Tenugui booth there, our first year attending! ?
Stretching for nearly one mile through the streets of downtown Washington DC, from near the White House to FBI headquarters, the Sakura Matsuri is held each spring. On good weather days, it has drawn over 140,000 visitors in 7 hours. Please find more detail about the Sakura matsuri from the link below.

Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. official site

Please come and visit at the Sakura Matsuri Washington DC, and of course I will be there!

- 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