Furoshiki


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Furoshiki is a Japanese custom, also called tsutsumi, that uses paper and large pieces of cloth to wrap gifts, presents and packages.

               Japanese Gift-wrapping and Furoshiki http://relache.hubpages.com/hub/art-of-japanese-gift-wrap

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Image of Red Wolf Lunch Wrap Set (+ Napkin) http://www.luluwraps.com/

Instructional Videos for Clothe Furoshiki

Folded Flat Furoshiki http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jgzst1SSdE

How to Tie a Furoshiki for a box( the video is in Japanese, but the directions are still easy to follow.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q41yzi8HZv0

Fudoshiki Wrapping Techniques http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQof_-tUNtY

Fudoshiki 1 Basic Knot and Wrapping http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F74Dwe2BDFw&feature=related

Fudoshiki – Reusable Grocery Bag http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcqeeUur50k

Fudoshiki Purse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPNr3ADd2uA

Fudoshiki Purse 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8eYi8lLYyU

Related Links:

Inner Pacific: Fabulous Furoshiki  http://innerpacific.com/?p=810

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Hyaku Monogatari Kaidankai


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It is late July, during the time of summer when the Bon Odori, the “Dance of the Dead” is taking place in the village square. After the festivities, you are invited to your neighbor’s home.

It is nightfall and you walk eagerly to the host house knowing that the game of Hyakumonogatari KaidankaiA Gathering of One Hundred Supernatural Tales will take place. (It was popular in the Edo Period of Japan, 1603 to 186).

As you enter the house, you find a room where one hundred candles flicker with yellow-white lights. You take your seat next to the boy who runs errands for the neighborhood grocer. Then you wait as one by one, each guest takes a turn telling stories about kaidan–strange, mysterious, rare or bewitching apparition of which you get you turn as well.

You finish your story, about an Obake shape-shifter that terrifies the maid of a wealthy samurai and then you walk nervously toward the candle closest to you. With a single puff of breath from you lips, the light goes out leaving a trail of smoke floating up toward your face. You turn and hurry back to your seat.

After each ghostly tale, sworn to be the solemn truth, the storyteller blows one more of the candles out. Little by little, the room grows darker and darker. That’s when you start to hear a strange tap, tap, tapping from outside the circle of friends and neighbors. You wonder if the others hear it as well. The grocer’s boy shakes his head when you ask him, but his eyes have grown wide with… fear?

Nervously, you look around the increasingly dark room. Maybe it was just a tree limb scratching the window. Or a rat gnawing at a baseboard of the wall behind you. And that cold breeze you feel blowing up the back of you neck, surely comes from a draft, an open window or door.

But as the last storytelling reaches the end of their grisly tale, you would swear you see a flicker of something pale and unearthly in a dark corner of the room. Then as the last story ends and the storyteller steps toward the last flickering candle, you will swear you see a ghostly visage hovering next to the woman’s face who sits directly across from you. It reminds you of the Obake you told about in your story. A second later the last candle is blown out…

Image found at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/all-the-fun-of-the-scare-2345815.html

Other Links:

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia: Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyakumonogatari_Kaidankai

 Kaidan   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaidan

Hyakumonogatari Kaidankaai    http://hyakumonogatari.com/what-is-hyakumonogatari/ This site is especially exciting since it contains not only the history of the fame, but many of the ghostly tales themselves from Japan.