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The name tenugui derives from te (hand) and nugui (wipe). As such, the cloth was an essential item that residents of Edo carried wherever they went. Apart from wiping the hands and body, it could be pulled over the head to block the sun and dust, and served any number of other purposes.Kamawanu’s tenugui are roughly 33 x 90 centimeters. Seasoned craftsmen pour the dye over layers of bleached cotton, a technique used for more than a hundred years.All the different motifs of tenugui embody a story. The fan-shaped waves called seigaiha, for instance, are a sign of forever expanding luck. The pufferfish design, called fugu in Japanese, is a play on fuku, also meaning luck.This all-purpose cloth that substitutes for a towel or handkerchief makes for the perfect souvenir. What motif will you choose for your friends?

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Address

23-1 Sarugakucho

Shibuya-ku

Contact information

Telephone number:03-3780-0182

Website:http://www.kamawanu.co.jp/english/index.html( External link )

Access

By train:3-min. walk from Tokyu Toyoko Line Daikan-yama North Exit

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