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Going Green Tip #3

Updated on April 21, 2009

Yeah That's Right Im Blackanese

I love my culture. I try to display my Asian heritage in every aspect of my life. Yeah that's right. My mommy is Japanese. My babies even have Japanese names. Yep! I'm so Asian I have the 20 lb. bag of rice and the rice cooker always on. Being that I was raised by my mother and grandmother, my life was integrated with many Japanese traditions as well as many American customs. One of my favorite Japanese customs is Furoshiki.

Furoshiki

Spanning as far back as the Nara period which was about 710-784AD, Furoshiki , was not limited just to gift giving. In fact, it started as means to carry goods, foods, and even clothes. Furoshiki can make an ordinary gift an extraordinary gift. The recipient is not just receiving the gift. They are receiving the gift and the beautiful wrapping. The best part is, since the wrapping is fabric it can be reused verses thrown away like traditional wrapping paper. Furoshiki makes the recipient feel extra special because you went the extra lengths to do "fancy wrapping". Although there are special fabrics out there, you can get away with spar fabric that you find around your home. Now if you want to purchase the Furoshiki fabric I wold recommend it. The fabric is beautiful. But if you are working on a budget or your just looking for a fun craft project consider tie dye or just some spare fabric from around the home.

All in all have fun with it be creative and you will see an ordinary gift become extraordinary. Go green Asian style!!!!!!

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    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 

      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love the term - Blackanese - so creative.

      And coincidentally, about furoshiki, I just picked up a woman's mag suggesting we go green and the Japanese tradition of furoshiki is one of the ideas - there is even a webste - furoshiki.com 

      Always better to have a bit of history - so thanks for that.

    • Mr Nice profile image

      Mr Nice 

      10 years ago from North America

      So that is your own creation.

    • luvintkandtj profile imageAUTHOR

      luvintkandtj 

      10 years ago from USA

      Mr. Nice I have no idea. Just something i've always called myself

    • Amanda Severn profile image

      Amanda Severn 

      10 years ago from UK

      I've never heard of furoshiki before, but what a neat idea! I shall certainly bear it in mind when I start wrapping the Christmas presents!

    • Lgali profile image

      Lgali 

      10 years ago

      very nice article

    • Mr Nice profile image

      Mr Nice 

      10 years ago from North America

      Hi luvintkandtj, Thanks for the information. I never heard of some thing like this before Blackanese. What do they call Chinese + Japanese or so on.

    • luvintkandtj profile imageAUTHOR

      luvintkandtj 

      10 years ago from USA

      HEY you!!!!hot pic!!!

    • nynees profile image

      nynees 

      10 years ago from norfolk, va

      i would love to hear more of your little stories.

    • luvintkandtj profile imageAUTHOR

      luvintkandtj 

      10 years ago from USA

      Black + Japanese = Blackanese

    • Mr Nice profile image

      Mr Nice 

      10 years ago from North America

      What do you mean by Blackanese. This summer I was in Tokyo for the first time & I really love it.

    • luvintkandtj profile imageAUTHOR

      luvintkandtj 

      10 years ago from USA

      Thanx

    • sukkran profile image

      Mohideen Basha 

      10 years ago from TRICHY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA.

      like this hub

      sukkran

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