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Ruri Kippenbrock

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Tenugui mumbling vol.12 – a Happy New Year – Japanese Design “Japanese Winter”

Monday, December 31st, 2007


My name is Racotaro, and I am a Raccoon.


this is my room and I live with Kawauchi Family in Miyagi. Japanese Tatami mat and washi-paper screens are my favorite in this room. And also I have a tokono-ma (decorative alcove) in my room!

a Happy New Year to all!

My friend sent me these lovely photos (Thank you, Toni!) and I would like to share them with you in this special day. These photos are reminded me about peaceful country and heart warming Japanese New Year.

New Year is the biggest event in Japan; I would say same like Thanksgiving or Christmas in America. The family come home to celebrate New Year together, eat soba noodle (buckwheat noodle) New Years Eve to wish our long life as like soba (long noodle). And wait till mid-night to hear the “Jyoya-no-Kane” (Bell) from the Temple greeting New Year together. We do many of “Hatsu (first)” things on New Year’s Day. Like, “Hatsu-hinode” means “see First sunrise”, “Hatsu-moude” means “first visit to shrine or temple”, or like “Hatsu-warai” means “First Laughter”. We believe that starting the New Year with a smile is considered a good sign. I hope this lovely Racotaro will bring you a smile on this special day!

The Gordon School – composition #04 ? Japanese Winter -
“Japanese Winter”


This Tenugui shows a beautiful part of Japan and Asia – the unique bamboo that grows there. This is a scene of bamboo covered in winter snow with flying birds. The reversed pattern allows you to wear it any direction.


Students artist showing “Japanese Winter”

- to be continued…

From Ruri

Mumbling date on Janyary 01, 2008