I was born and raised in Japan until I came to the States in 1996.

I wish I could say "furoshiki was a part of my everyday life while growing up in Japan", but that would be a lie.

In highly modernized and westernized Japan, bags and wrapping paper were more prevalent, and it seemed furoshiki was only used in special occasions such as weddings, funerals and religious rituals. 

I rediscovered the allure of furoshiki when I was visiting my family in Japan a few years ago.

My father suffered a brain aneurysm, had an emergency surgery, then had to stay in the hospital for a month. The hospital gave my mother a rather extensive list of items needed for my father's hospitalization. A few sets of pajamas, robes, slippers, towels, toiletries, wet wipes, disposable diapers, etc. etc... When we gathered these items, they were heaping on our dining table. 

I was scrambling to find several big bags to fit these things, when my mother took out the largest furoshiki I have ever seen (about 6 ft x 6 ft), packed everything into one neat bag and carried it to her car. 

Later that day, she came back with the furoshiki, folded into a tiny square. 

I was mesmerized with its functionality. 

Since then, I always carry a furoshiki with me. It's a piece of fabric that takes very little space when folded, so I can easily put it in my bag or a pocket. It has proven to be the most convenient thing in many unexpected ways. 

I wonder, why aren't people using furoshiki more in everyday life? 

That led me to make this website. 

I'd like to spread awareness that furoshiki can be an eco-friendly alternative, a solution to an unexpected dilemma, and maybe one of the most useful and beautiful thing you can have. 

Thank you for visiting, and I hope you too fall in love with furoshiki's practicality and versatility. 


Oh, by the way, my father is fine... just in case you are wondering ;)

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