Furoshiki (風呂敷) event – 7 June 2015

Furoshiki (風呂敷) are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furoshiki.

Sakai, Wellington's sister city is well-known for traditional fabric dying techniques, including those for chusen, the material commonly used for yukata (summer kimono).

Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) previously sourced some chusen from Sakai City, and ran this fun activity where people could learn some basic furoshiki wrapping techniques, and for a gold coin donation (no charge for WSA members), take home a piece of Sakai chusen fabric.

WSA previously ran a successful furoshiki stall at the 2014 Wellington Japan Festival.

This event was part of 'Japan Cultural Month' where various Japan-related organisations around Wellington ran events on the weekends held in the Mezzanine Room upstairs on level one of the Wellington City Library.

WSA also cooked Japanese savoury octopus balls "takoyaki" which are a well known snack from the Osaka region which were extremely popular!

Following the furoshiki event, Wellington Nakano Educational Society (WNES) hosted a short discussion for prospective home stay families ahead of a visit from Sakai City high-school students in late July - early August.