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Ruri Kippenbrock

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Tenugui Mumbling Vol. 164 – Sending Love with Tenugui

Friday, January 20th, 2017
Don't forget Spring has come soon :-)

Don’t forget Spring has come soon :-)

Today is the big day of people living in America, or maybe in entire world….  inauguration 2017…
Sometime we feel fear when it comes something not known, or change that will affect our life,
I feel very afraid and worry about America and world today…

As I am a small business owner and an immigrant, and making and selling Japanese product in United State of America.
What will change for import duty? What will change foreign currency?
Small business tax? health insurance? Humans rights? Women’s right? etc. etc….
I have been very concerned and sensitive for these topics last few months.
And today…. I am very depressed… not like typical me….

I love America and New York very much, giving me so much Hope to live in my dream here.
No place like in New York, each of people has all different back ground, races, culture, language etc etc….
and we all mingled nicely and equally.

All my wishes are, We can have Hope, Love, Peace and Equality for every single person living their life in this world.
I am wishing that we could enjoy beautiful Cherry Blossom in D.C. this coming Spring, where all trees are came from Japan and standing there very long time peacefully….

- to be continued….

From Ruri

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

Monday, April 11th, 2011


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….


- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.55 – Hatsuyume (First dream)

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010
standing same place on New Year Eve

standing same place on New Year's Eve

On the morning of New Year’s Eve, I was standing at my usual place at the subway station to go to work. I looked at the other side of the platform, and I found a homeless guy was bundled up in his blankets, and peacefully sleeping. I hadn’t seen him for a long time, and I remembered that he was not there last New Year’s eve. I got a strange warm feeling in my heart as soon I knew he was there, and in his place.

I have met so many great people this year through my Tenugui. They support me, and tell me the stories of their life. The words they give to me, I always cherish, and they bring me good spirits, and send me hope and light. Many?wuhao friends send me messages and compliments everyday, which give me a confidence to continue in my own life.


First Dream - by puff

First Dream - by puff

In Japan, If you have a dream about Mt. Fuji, Hawks, or eggplants on the first night of the new year, you will have a blessed year. For me, dreaming about waking up on a Tenugui field filled with love and energy, makes me feel blessed…

Happy New Year to all!
Wish you all have a great year 2010, be loved and love….

and Peace…

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

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


Tenugui mumbling vol.20 – The special story for the special day – 9.11

Friday, September 12th, 2008
special place in my heart

special place in my heart

A short story for this special day… I move to New York on March 31, 2006. My second day in New York, I went to Central Park and I was wondering around the Sheep

Meadow closed to W 66th street. Suddenly the most beautiful cherry blossom appeared before my eyes. I walked toward the willow cherry tree and found a bench in front of it. I sat on the bench for a while, and then I found a little silver plate on the bench.

In memory of Scott Mitchell Schertzer
December 17, 1972 – September 11, 2001
We love and miss you. Never will forget.
You will live in our hearts forever.

Scott has same name as my husband who died by cancer in 2005, and also they had same birthday. Mr. Schertzer passed away on 9.11 and he was only 29-years old. It was meant to be that I found this place, and this bench is a special place for me since that day. Life is so precious and has many stories to tell. We often make reasons to avoid doing things. I would rather find reasons to do these things…

9.11…. Never ever will happen again if each one of us makes reasons for preventing. And I believe that our wishes will bring love and peace to all.
God bless you and your family.

- to be continued…

from Ruri mumbling date on September 11, 2008

Tenugui mumbling vol.11 – the night before Christmas – Japanese Design “Winter in New England”

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
Rockefeller center Christmas lighting

Rockefeller center Christmas lighting

Rockefeller Center New York The tallest Christmas tree

The night before Christmas decoration

The night before Christmas decoration

My little Christmas tree “The night before the Christmas”

- The night before Christmas -

I would like to send y’all a short poem today for this special season.

It’s 4am now and I’m watching you sleep…

I’ve seen the sunset in the ocean in so many countries.

I’ve seen moutains kiss the sky in so many places.

I’ve seen desert’s sand glow from the sun.

I’ve seen the moon reflect it’s comforting watching over me from a mountain’s lake.

… but nothing in this world is as beautiful and as peaceful,

the sight of your face while you sleep…

The night before Christmas, you are the best gift from heaven.

Have a happy holiday season, and God bless you and your family…

The Gordon School – composition #03 – Winter in New England -

“Winter in New England”

Winter in New England is one of my favorite times during the year. I really like it when the seasons change.

The designs on my Tenugui show aspect of the season – snowflakes, muffins, ice skates and winter hats.

Students artist showing “Winter in New England”

- to be continued…

From Ruri

Mumbling date on December 17, 2007