Stephanie Mayeda, GVJCI Social Media & Community Outreach Intern
A simple item with a simple name but by no means simple uses! Tenugui, meaning hand (te) and wipe (nugui), has long been used in Japan as an essential tool. In the old days, it was largely used as a towel or handkerchief but was also used as a cover for the head to protect the wearer from the elements. They often come in a great variety of interesting and cute patterns, which only adds to the fun of using them for everyday tasks!
Shout out to Daiso Japan for the super adorable tenuguis!
Nowadays, tenugui is often used for wrapping items from bento boxes to gifts (eco-friendly!), as a headgear for activities like kendo, or even as decoration. Due to its unique dimensions (34 cm by 90 cm), it is also ideal for wrapping and carrying bottles. The possibilities of this versatile cotton cloth can go as far as the imagination! Below, we have just five easy ways to incorporate tenugui into your daily life.
Do you use tenugui for a unique or interesting purpose? Let us know in the comments section!