Production Blog #6: Have a Tenugui on us!

This week started out slow and then, suddenly became very busy.

So in trying to plan our upcoming fundraising campaign. I’ve been racking my brain inorder to come up with what ONE of the gifts would be that we will give to our donors to say, “Thank you for believing in our film”.

One item I thought of is a Tenugui.

History of TENUGUI

In the Heian period (AD 794 – 1192) TENUGUI was used as accessories for Shinto rituals. Cloth was such a precious item that the use of the item was not widespread among the people during the Nara period (710 – 794). From the Kamakura period (1192 – 1333) on, it gradually became popular. In the Edo period (1592 – 1868) cotton began to be cultivated in various parts of Japan and TENUGUI became a necessary item for living. It was around this time that people started to regard it as a valuable item not only in terms of its functions but in terms of its artistic value. Then a contest called “TENUGUI-AWASE” became a widespread event among a certain type of people who tried to win with their original designs on TENUGUI. Such competition contributed to the development of new dyeing techniques. In the Meiji era (1868 – 1912) a dyeing technique called “Chusen” was devised and it extensively revolutionized the industry. In or around the Showa period (1926 – 1989), a variety of associations were formed by people who love TENUGUI and such associations spread throughout the country with TENUGUI as an item which is no longer within the realm of daily necessities. Today there are many different colors and patterns of TENUGUI and people have free minds of how to use TENUGUI.


I have several and I love them all. Some were gifts, others I bought myself but they all get used. I use them mainly as a handkerchief but have used them as a head scarf, face mask, and hand towel when necessary.

Tenugui pic
Pretty and practical, I love my tenugui.

So it’s practical and looks cool. Good idea, right?

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Author: hikikomori78

American Hikikomori is an upcoming short film that explores the emotional struggles of a Japanese teenager named Isamu Fujihara, when he moves to America.

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