Well, it’s already Friday, so I’m a bit slow on this post. Last weekend was a long weekend here in Japan. Last Sunday was the vernal equinox, and since some people had to work on Sunday, everybody got Monday off. I was up in the near country side with a whole pack of cool ladies, playing soccer, trying not to get forced into playing softball, having BBQs, enjoying the early cherry blossoms and just hanging out. I was kind of eager to get back to the city since I’ve got a lot going on these days, but on the way back our train stopped in a town called Kawagoe, which is a really cool place, so we decided to go exploring a bit.
Kawagoe has some really amazing old buildings and is famous for traditional sweets, sweet potatoes, grilled eel, and soba noodles. It’s a delicious town. You can even rent bikes by the train station. I’ve been to Kawagoe a few times before, and I always find or learn something new. This time I stumbled upon this really cute tenugui shop. Tenugui is a kind of cloth that you can use for anything you like: wrapping, wiping, hanging, covering; it’s kind of like a long bandanna. I got a little leaflet explaining tenugui‘s history, but I will spare you here. I had to buy this neat bicycle design one and then had to work on my wrapping skills.
Tenugui in action: