Saturday, June 23, 2007

Tenugui, Japanese traditional handkerchief, shop

Tenugui, Japanese traditional handkerchief, shop, Kyoto
These are Tenugui, Japanese traditional handkerchief. I am sometimes surprised at the difference of the handkerchief between Japan and the Western.

We dry our hands and wipe away the sweat with it, and blew our nose with tissue paper. On the other and, I sometimes happen to see the Western people blew their nose with handkerchief. I'm wondering, don't they have a custom of using tissue so much?


At 6/25/2007 2:39 PM, Anonymous Raquel said...

Hi Macky =O))

Yes, you are right with your observation, but lately more people use tissue handkerchief when they want to blow the nose.

I think is better since it is more hygienic, and you throw away all the disgusting germs to the litter bin, in fact I use them. =O))

Have a nice day!!!

At 7/01/2007 9:25 PM, Blogger Jazzy said...

what an interesting shop, i'll definitely visit one when i visit japan!

At 7/25/2007 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it tends to be older people, or European westerns that use handkercheifs to blow their nose.
I've only ever seen a few people use them in America in my entire life.

At 9/19/2009 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am American and I lived in Japan for about a year. The handkerchief shops were so wonderful. I bought lots of handkerchiefs and gave them as gifts when I returned home. I have really missed the shops and the beautiful, unique handkerchiefs. They're larger and definitely more multi-functional than our traditional "hankies".

At 4/23/2010 4:26 AM, Blogger jann berman said...

where can I purchase the paper hankies in Los Angeles. I am hosting a tea this Sunday.

At 5/22/2011 5:58 PM, Blogger Carolyn said...

I think using handkerchieves to blow noses is making a resurgence as people realise that using paper tissues is not so good for the environment. It is easy to clean a piece of cotton fabric, it is more gentle on the nose, it lasts a long time & we aren't planting short lived trees to cut down for tissues.
Reduce, re-use, recycle
I like the idea of using larger ones as handtowels, nice idea.


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