Twelve Days of Kitsune
- The First Day of Kitsune – a folk tale
- The Second Day of Kitsune — Shift Your Shape with a Kitsune Costume
- The Third Day of Kitsune – Wordless Wednesday kitsune images
- The Fourth Day of Kitsune – the Brief History and Use of Chopsticks
- The Fifth Day of Kitsune — Dining with the Daimyou
- The Sixth Day of Kitsune — On Kimono & Japanese Clothing
- The Seventh Day of Kitsune – Where Are They Now? Part 1
- The Eighth Day of Kitsune – Where Are They Now? Part 2
- The Ninth Day of Kitsune — A Period Playlist
- The Tenth Day of Kitsune — Using Furoshiki to Wrap Gifts
- The Eleventh Day of Kitsune – the Kitsune Code of Conduct
- The Twelfth Day of Kitsune – Mizuhiki
Ready to try something new to wrap those gifts this year?
Furoshiki is a distinctive and environmentally-friendly way to disguise (and carry!) your packages.
This is a traditional Japanese method of wrapping items for both protection and easier carrying, as the tie can become a convenient handle instead of needing to cradle a bulky or oddly shaped package.
Cloths are infinitely reusable and are often quite colorful or beautiful. Nowadays you may find almost any style, or use whatever catches your eye!
Furoshiki can be very simple or very complex
It’s common to see bento wrapped for protection and transport:
To help reduce paper and plastic waste, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has even issued a handy guide to wrapping various shapes or for various carry purposes.
(And, readers of Kitsune-Tsuki, don’t get confused: furoshiki, cloth wrapped about an object, is quite different from a shikigami, a spirit wrapped into an object to serve an onmyouji!)
What do you think? Will you try wrapping gifts in a new way this year?