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Tenugui mumbling Vol.94 – The Japan Block Fair – Thank you for supporting Japan!

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Japan Block Fair 2011 from yusuke shibata on Vimeo.

We just received a movie of the Japan Block Fair on 5/22 by Yusuke Shibata. I would like to share our love to Japan with all of you.

Thank you very much for your support to Japan…

thank-you

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.89 – A Peace of Cloth – Quilting Arts

Monday, April 11th, 2011

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Title "Japanese Rhapsody in Blue" completed in June 2009

My happiest time is reading messages from Tenugui fans everyday. Sometime I receive letters, e-mail, and photos.
I always smile myself,?and imagine their smiling faces with their?tenugui. Some tenugui fans are martial arts practitioners, Kendo players, cancer patients, and some of them are artists,?musicians, sushi chefs…??and also quilting artists.
I am so happy to know that many people love?tenugui in many different ways, that’s exactly what I like to see. Tenugui has limitless possibilities, and no boundaries.

Elisabeth-san?is an amazing quilting artist, and also a member of the Japan Quilting Group in Australia?. She visited Japan a few years ago for her quilting tour, and fell in love with Japan and Japanese traditional textile, especially indigo cottons (aizome). I can see her love of Japan from her compositions.

The first quilt is called “Japanese Rhapsody in Blue”, it was completed in June 2009. This quilt is machine-pieced and hand-quilted.

Title "Noshi Matters" completed in Jan 2011

Title is Noshi Matters, completed in January 2011

The second quilt is called “Noshi Matters”, and was completed in early January, 2011. Noshi is a bow, and is used during very special Japanese traditional occasions. Machine-pieced and hand-quilted, the size is 36 by 63 inches.

Title is My Japanese Journey - her new composition

Title is My Japanese Journey - her new composition

Kimono, Japanese houses, and flowers... so beautiful together

Kimono, Japanese houses, and flowers... so beautiful together

The last composition is called “My Japanese Journey”, machine-pieced and hand-appliqued, with sashiko, and she is working on hand-quilting now. The size is 58 by 73 inches. I can see her beautiful memory of Japan trip on her quilt.

A Peace of cloth…. that I felt from her compositions. A precious fabric was sewed and linked together, and she put a life into her quilts.? I think Quilting Arts are just like a magic!

Thank you very much for sharing these beautiful quilts and your love of Japan with us. The beauty of Japan will stay forever in your blue peace of cloth….

thank-you

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.86 – Smile to the Wold – The Tokyo Circus

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

I met Yoshi at the Japanese Street Festival in New York. Since then, I am a big fan of Yoshi and the Tokyo Circus.

The Tokyo Circus?is an international performance group led by Yoshi. They perform on the street,?or clubs and events, sending positive messages to?strangers. They believe that a “smile” will bring?happiness and peace under any circumstance. Their very simple philosophy touched my heart very deeply.?I?realized that we had a common dream, namely, “to make people smile and happy,”? Yoshi by?an innocent performance, me by a?simple rectangular cloth, Tenugui.?” – from Tenugui mumbling Vol.84 First laugh of the Year

Please?check The Tokyo Circus official site for more movies and stories about them.

The theme of this clip: “Life is a Circus” and “Live with your Passion”

tuxedo

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.83 – First Laugh of the Year

Monday, January 31st, 2011

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Big crowds on the beach photo by Janis Wilkins

Big crowds on the beach photo by Janis Wilkins

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First laugh of the year - photo by Kenji Mori

First laugh of the year photo by Kenji Mori

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Freezin for a reason photo by Kenji Mori

Freezin for a reason photo by Kenji Mori

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We did it! photo by Janis Wilkins

We did it! photo by Janis Wilkins

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Tokyo Circus Ringmaster Yoshi photo by Janis Wilkins

Tokyo Circus Ringmaster Yoshi with mame-shibori Tenugui photo by Janis Wilkins

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Tokyo Circus member Epic Nobu photo by Janis Wilkins

Tokyo Circus member Epic Nobu with No.1 Hachimaki photo by Janis Wilkins

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Tokyo Circus Ninja Nozomi photo by Janis Wilkins

Tokyo Circus Ninja Nozomi with stripe tenugui fundoshi photo by Janis Wilkins

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Ruri with Bathtime manegi photo by Janis Wilkins

Ruri with Bathtime manegi and First Sunrise Tenugui as a Tenugui Bikini photo by Janis Wilkins

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Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins

Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins

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Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins

Polar Bears photo by Janis Wilkins

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Polar Bear Metro guy photo by Janis Wilkins

Polar Bear Metro guy photo by Janis Wilkins

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One sunny day, I displayed fundoshi in our booth at the Japan Town Street Fair Fall 2010. Fundoshi is?Japanese men’s traditional underwear.? I had recently discovered one and I wanted to?see how people?reacted about Tenugui fundoshi.?I?really?loved it, but I didn’t know how to display it for our Tenugui fans, as I am a girl…

A strange guy came to our booth with?a Japanese samurai wig with a mame-sibori hachimaki (dots print headband) on top of his wig. He was wearing a monkey outfit and had?a hand-written cardboard hanging around his neck, which read: “Your Smile is Beautiful”.? It turns out he was ?Yoshi the Ringmaster of the Tokyo Circus. He took a?Tenugui fundoshi and put it on in the middle of the street and showed it to the crowd.? It was the day of the Tenugui Fundoshi debut!

The Tokyo Circus?is an international performance group led by Yoshi. They perform on the street,?sending positive messages to?strangers. They believe that a “smile” will bring?happiness and peace under any circumstance. Their very simple philosophy touched my heart very deeply.?I?realized that we had a common dream, namely, “to make people smile and happy,”? Yoshi by?an innocent performance, me by a?simple rectangular cloth, Tenugui.??????

I had been thinking about attending the?Coney Island Polar Bears Club?Annual New Year’s?Swim.??The Polar Bears Club is the oldest winter bath organization in the US. ?After meeting Yoshi I began wondering if there was a way to put?Tenugui together with the Tokyo Circus, since we?have a similar dream.?I told my friends that I was?joining the Polar Bears, and all of them said, “Are you crazy?”

“Why not,”? I thought to myself.? In Japan, we have a?ritual whereby people?soak in the cold winter?water both to?discipline their perseverance and pray for a healthy year. Wouldn’t this be the same??

We went, froze and had a great time!?

“Hatsu-warai” means first laugh of the year. We believe?if we have a laugh on the first day of the year, we’ll be full of?laugher all year.

Here we go!
Freezin for a reason…. for your smile and happiness all year around!

Thank you Tokyo Circus for making this event?come true. ?And thank you very much Kenji-san, Janis, and Shinobu-san?for the beutiful photos to remember this beautiful moment.
You can see more amazing photos on our Facebook Japanese Tenugui Art Fan Club page! Check it out now!!!!!

By the way, Tenugui fundoshi will be available on March at wuhaonyc.com

smile

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From Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.77 – Kanpai with your Tenugui

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Scott Kippenbrock - the great man in universe

Scott Kippenbrock - the great man in the universe

Today is a very special day for Kippenbrock family and friends…

Scott was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2002 while living in Shanghai, China with me. After a lengthy but courageous battle with this insidious disease, he passed away October 11th, 2005 in Texas.

He always made people laugh and smile in any circumstance… in the subway station, airport, bar, restaurant, work, hospital… and of course our home. It was very important for him to “Make You Happy”, and so, he was very happy himself to receive smile from others. It’s a very simple way to be happy, “If you are happy, I am happy”.

Since he went to Heaven, our family and friends have been moving on to next stage of our life in many different places in the world. I know sure that he is always watching over us, cheers us up, and make us smile in many different ways…

I always think that I want to be a person like him… strong, warm and has a big heart and love…
And I would like to “Make You Happy” through Tenugui and my web site.

For Scott Kippenbrock… You are a great man in the universe…

Kanpai!

-drinking-red-wine

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.76 – I love your Smile!

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
Janet is wearing Ginko Tenugui as her head cover, tie a bow on side make her own elegant style.

Janet is wearing Ginko Tenugui as her head cover, ties a bow on the side, makes her own elegant style.

I received an e-mail from Janet yesterday. As soon as I opened my mail, her bright smile shined up on my computer screen.

She found our site through Yuriko, who runs Kimono Lily. Janet has been their good customer for years. Since under going chemo therapy, she is always looking for new ways to cover her head. Yuriko sent her to our site, and she found Tenugui as a new head wrap.

She told me that many tenugui designs have been very meaningful for her, and surely enjoys the beauty of Tenugui, everyday.

I love your Smile very much, Janet-san.
Life is very beautiful like your smile, and I am so glad that we have connected together through the internet, and through Tenugui… and most of all, through your Beautiful Smile.

blow-kiss

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Tenugui mumbling Vol.74 – Tenugui Magic Vol.04 Tenugui Foot Massage

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Tenugui can be used many different ways. A little Tenugui Magician named Puff created this Tenugui foot massage video. Let’s check it out!

I believe that good health will come from healthy feet. Simple life, Simple food, and Simple massage… all will help your body and minds stay healthy. Yes, Happy feet for Happy Family~~~!

Aerobics

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.70 – Tanabata (star festival)

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
write a wish on tanzaku, and hang it on the bamboo tree

write a wish on tanzaku, and hang it on the bamboo tree

Tanabata is Japanese star festival that is celebrated every year on July 7th. Some parts of Japan celebrate in August according Lunar year. When this time of year comes around, people write their wishes on tanzaku which are strips of paper, and hang them on bamboo trees.

new arrival - tanabata tenugui!

new arrival - tanabata tenugui!

Tanabata is also known as the story of Hikoboshi (Altair) and Orihime (Vega). The Japanese version of star story is;
It’s origins come from the legend of the Altar and Vega.?Two lovers separated by the milky way, and they are allowed to meet just once a?year on July 7th.

Tenugui is still made by hand during most of the production process, washes, dries, cuts and folds….
When they cut tenugui separately, some tenugui scraps are left over, and they use those scraps as stuffing for the packing, however, they are actually beautiful by themselves.

Our special tenugui tanzaku was made with tenugui and Japanese 5-yen coin.

Our special tenugui tanzaku was made with tenugui and Japanese 5-yen coin.

I made Tenugui Tanzaku(wish note) with tenugui scraps today. And I added a Japanese 5-yen coin (about 5-cents) on it as charms. 5-yen has many good meanings, we call it GOEN. Goen also means Good Luck in Japanese. The first 5-yen was printed in 1949, it has three symbols on the face of coin;
Ear of rice as Agricultures, gear as Industry, and strips as Fishery Industry
It was designed after the World War II, for wishes for development of all three industries.

What are your wishes?
My wish is very simple…. “Happiness” for all of us.
Kisses

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.69 – Happy Father’s Day, Papa!

Sunday, June 20th, 2010
my father Kosuke Kabashima @ Beijing, China

my father Kosuke Kabashima @ Beijing, China

My father was born and lived in China?for forty years of his life. He spent his childhood in the Northern parts of Manchuria. I can’t imagine how difficult it was to live there during? World War II, and after the war,??also because he is Japanese.

He never told me about his life in China when I was little, until he wrote a book “Liu Jo” after he retired from the company that he worked at for over 30 years. “Liu Jo”?means flying seeds from willow trees. We can see “Liu Jo”? in Beijing, tons and tons of seeds fly all over the city in Spring time. He thought that his life is just like “Liu Jo”.

He is a hard worker. My mother told me that when she was pregnant, he left home for his business trip abroad, and? three days before I was born, he came back from his trip.

Life is interesting. I also spent 18-years of my life in China, and I am living in New York now, I am sure I have?been infuluenced from Father as well.

Life is balanced. He worked so hard when he was younger, not having enough time to spend with his family. Now he spends most of his?time with my mother. They are just like best friends, I guess, and have been soul mates more than 50-years!

my papa and mama in Beijing, China

my papa and mama - they both love tenugui, always have one with them.

Life is beautiful. He is?a cancer surviver. Remaining positive during his illness, spending quality?time with his wife, and teaching Chinese and Chinese business to?his students,?he passes?on his knowledge and experience to the?next generation.

I am very proud of?my father, and I am very glad to be his daughter!
Happy Father’s Day, Papa from New York!

Father's Day Girl

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.63 – the 50th Sakura Matsuri in DC

Friday, April 16th, 2010
Ginza Market on the Pennsylvania Avenue

Ginza Market on Pennsylvania Avenue

wuhao newyork Tenugui Art Booth

wuhao newyork Tenugui Art Booth

many visitors...

many visitors...

and many many visitors...

and many many visitors...

We attended the 50th annual Sakura Masuri in Washignton DC last Saturday. The first year we had a big rain, and second year was a big storm…, and this year…. YES, a BIG BLUE BLUE SKY in DC.
Thanks to heaven for bringing us beautiful weather and so many visitors. I am not sure, but my guess is…? over 200,000 visitors might have been there. Thank you very much for visiting our booth, everybody!!!!!!

super supporter Izumi-chan

super supporter Izumi-chan

super supporter Miki-san & Justin

super supporter Miki-san & Justin

And here?are our super supporters this year!!! Thank you soooo much for your wonderful jobs, Izumi-chan, Miki-san, and Justin! I had a really great time with y’all, and hope to see you again next year with beautiful Sakura!

I could not help taking this photo. ?One of our visitors wore a super cute Tee, it said “I wanna be a Japanese”, I LOVE IT! – Peace!!!!

I wanna be a Japanese - peace!

I wanna be a Japanese - peace!

LOVE & PEACE to Tenugui Fans!
Peace

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From Ruri