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Ruri Kippenbrock

Archive for June, 2010

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.

- to be continued…

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

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.68 – Tenugui @ Starbucks?!

Friday, June 18th, 2010
Simon-sam wears his tenugui @ his work!

Simon-san wears his tenugui @ his work!

Tenugui @ Starbucks!!!! Simon is from NY and he works at Starbucks. One day he was chatting with his co-worker on Japanese festivities, and somehow Tenugui came up during their conversation.

Several days later, he went down to St. Marks place ( @ East Village, is located east downtown in Manhattan, and there are a number of Japanese restaurants there!) for Udon (Japanee noodle)?and Yakitori (Japanese BBQ), and saw some of the kitchen staff wearing tenugui as their chef hats.
So, Simon asked them about their tenugui and then he visited a web-site called Chopsticks NY. Chopsticks NY is a free?magazine and ?web-site, introducing Japanese culture, restaurants, shops, and much more information in greater New York.

So,?Simon found our site through chopsticksNY, and now~~~ Ladies and Gentleman!!!!
Welcome to Japanese Tenugui Fan Club! He loves tenugui now!

Simon-san, you look so handsome with your Wood tenugui, and the color is perfectly matching @ your work. Great Pick!!!! Thank you very much for sharing your tenugui story with us.

I always love to hear Tenugui story from all over the world.
How about your tenugui story?????

Thumbs Up

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.67 – The beauty is in that difference No.09 Life

Thursday, June 10th, 2010
nature life - photo by TETSU

nature life - photo by TETSU

light and shadow - photo by TETSU

light and shadow - photo by TETSU

silent breeze - photo by TETSU

silent breeze - photo by TETSU

A Japanese photographer TETSU took these photos in his home town, Nigata, Japan.
Can you feel light and shadow, silent breeze, and whisper from nature life…
I feel peaceful moment without any words.

Even I don’t know the name of these flowers, but I certainly feel life from his photos,
and they are very beautiful…

We live with many distracted objects and matters every day,
so we always need some kind of comfort to keep our balance well.
Good music, arts, books, movies…
many things bring us a piece of peace in our body and mind.

Hope Tenugui will bring you a nice breeze, like nature life…

- 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