X'mas hamper with Japanese teas? Sake wrapped with furoshiki? Check out our stall at Japan Culture and Art Festival in Collingwood on Sunday October 27th.

Furoshiki, traditional Japanese bag

Furoshiki Now and Then

Furoshiki was originally used at a bath (Furo) and spread on a floor(Shiki). So people could wrap up their clothes. Each furoshiki had a family crest to avoid losing their cloth while bathing. Before paper bags became popular. furoshiki was an effective tool to wrap gifts. There are rules on how to wrap or unwrap furoshiki. For example, after unwrapping a furoshiki, fold it nicely and keep it on the left side before presenting a gift. Most of rules are not strictly followed these days. We still keep the practice, especially when we present an envelop containing a gift of...

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