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Entries in tenugui (8)


isbn 4309280110 tenugui guide 手ぬぐい案内

tenugui guide: cute, fun, new, welcome to 'the world of tenugui'

this is a sweet little guide to tenugi towels made by many differnent designers and companie. it includes photos of the towel's designs, as well as projects you can make using the towels, and ingenious ways to use and fold them. there is also a guide to shops the sell tenugui towels, with their address and websites. all text is in japanese, but you can thuroughly enjoy this book through the pictures.

pages with designs grouped by color.

a map showing the famous tenugui shop kamawanu in daikanyama, tokyo, and other shops nearby.

projects using tenugui

index of tenugui shops

index of tenugui shops


isbn 9784309280530 tenugui towels of kamawanu かまわぬの手ぬぐい使い方手帖 

kamawanu no tenugui tsukaikata techo かまわぬの手ぬぐい使い方手帖  'tenugui towels of kamawanu, how to use them, a pocket guide'

kamawanu is a very popular company that makes tenugui towels using the traditional pattern from the edo period. their main store is in the daikanyama area of tokyo, and well worth a visit if you ever have the chance.

this book showcases the edo-era designs and patterns that kamawanu prints on their tenugui. it also has ways of using and folding the tenugui, and craft projects you can make from tenugui.


isbn 4894444488 kamawanu postcard book かまわぬだよりの十二か月

kamawanu diary 12 month post card book かまわぬだよりの十二ヶ月

this small post card book is a collection of 24 classic traditional patterns that are linked to seasonal events and customs. it includes brief english and japanese explanations, and the posts are actually detachable and can be mailed, leaving a small stub in the book with that pattern.

tsuru kame 鶴亀つるかめ new years day (lit. crane turtle)

shidare ume しだれ梅 しだれうめ plum festival

kinome 木の芽 きのめ pepper leaf buds (spring delicacy).

sakura fubuki さくらふぶき桜吹雪 cherry blossom viewing

ayame あやめ iris

ryuyu kingyo りゅうゆきんぎょ scooping goldfish

kawatsuki suica 皮付きすいか watermelon splitting

oo-giku 大菊crysanthemum fesival

kikyo tsunagi ききょつなぎ autumn grasses

odori nadeshiko おどり撫で子 pink autumn grass



isbn 9784894446199 tenugui book

this book is one of the beautiful tomes from pie books, who publish a wide variety of very thick paperback books about japanese cultural with each book having one simple theme. 

each spread has an image from a traditional tenugui pattern on one page, and a japanese poem on the other.

the book has english only at the beginning, which includes a great concise history of the development and cultural customes of tenugui towels. this book a wonderful coffee-table book and resource for tenugui enthusiasts.

232 pages.

flickr set here.


daikanyama 代官山 だいかんやま

daikanyama is a trendy shopping area near shibuya in tokyo. it has more small shops with a cute and independant vibe, and some nice cafes. from daikanyama, it's possible to walk to shibuya in about a half an hour, just follow along the train tracks for a glimpse into a little quieter area of tokyo.

kamawanu tenugui shop

〒150-0033 東京都渋谷区猿楽町23-1


hours: 11:00~19:00

this little shop in a quiet corner of daikanyama has some of the most beautiful tenugui designs. the store's name is kamawanu, (japanese website here), and their towels and postcard books of their designs can be found in stores all over japan. but if you love tenugui towels and are in tokyo, it's probably worth a trip to visit this store.

here's a detail map showing the location of the shop behind the little post office on the corner.

aronzo aranzi

this is another cute shop in daikanyama, featuring the designs of aronzo aranzi.

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