Received another surprise gift package all the way from Japan~ My friends should all move to foreign countries and regularly send me stuff. I really really like coming home to post waiting for me to discover the contents.
The beautiful flower patterned cloth is called a furoshiki. It’s a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that’s frequently used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Although possibly dating back as far as the Nara period, the name, meaning “bath spread”, derives from the Edo period practice of using them to bundle clothes while at the sentō (public baths;public furo). Before becoming associated with public baths, furoshiki were known as hirazutsumi, or flat folded bundle. Eventually, the furoshiki’s usage extended to serve as a means for merchants to transport their wares or to protect and decorate a gift.
This versatile fabric can also be used as a scarf or even be folded into a bag.
The other two items are a Hello Kitty mobile charm and a lanyard, both of which were purchased at Japan’s oldest Hello Kitty store (or so my friend claims). The silly billy left the price tag on the charm and boy did this cost a pretty penny. Over 4,000 Yen for a charm!? Baby, it’s a gorgeous gift but please don’t spend so much in future okay?
Thanks for the surprise parcel H!