Hari Kuyou 2021

Festival

Constance, Rose and Min went to a celebration…

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Tofu

…carrying bent needles and pins to the temple.

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Textile

At the temple they stuck their bent, blunt, worn out, and rusty pins and needles into a block of soft tofu, which was decorated with threads in seven colours.

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Gratitude

Coming from a household which is deeply involved with textiles and needlework, we thought it appropriate to acknowledge Hari Kuyou this year.

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rest

Our needles and pins served us well last year, having stitched many clothes and quilts for Hittys and humans…it is time for our faithful sewing tools to retire.

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Thoughtful

 After being forced through stiff fabrics for so long, they now get to rest, and are pushed into the soft tofu with grateful prayers.

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Looking forward

Let’s look forward to new fabrics, fresh, sharp needles and interesting textile projects in 2021!

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Click here for an explanation about Hari Kuyo as celebrated in Kyoto….

…and click here for pictures of Hari Kuyo tofu decorated with coloured threads and fresh branches.

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Hari Kuyou 2021

  1. How very interesting. I’ve been putting my bent and broken needles into a quilted pad I have under a sewing machine. I just might make a pretty pincushion and put them in there and when the time is right, have a little ceremony for those hard working “hands” (thanks for the article links) in thanks for their service. I appreciate, once again, your bringing forth traditions that come from afar. By the way, the Hittys are dressed beautifully for this occasion.

    • It is an interesting ceremony, I enjoyed learning about it too. And since the house is full of needles and pins, eventually we end up with a box of them too dull, or broken, rusty or nicked…I like the idea of thanking them in this way.

  2. I loved the comment from katechiconi! suddenly found myself laughing out loud, in solitude – I am right with you there… What the Hitties found to do today is so interesting, thought provoking – I’m also “with Becky” in much appreciation for the links to the articles and photos. And then I come back to be with the girls, and their beautiful attire, in their wonderfully created sacred space… Thank you.

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