Giveaway #3: Kitchen Set

The last giveaway, from Tokyo’s Kappabashi (kitchen) district, includes a boxed set of lacquered chopsticks and two blue and white tenugui (cotton hand towels) in traditional wave patterns (called seigaiha 青海波).

Tenugui are normally around 14 x 35 inches (I am assuming these are the traditional size), made of silk-screened cotton, with the ends of each towel left unfinished. They can be used for a variety of purposes, and the more they are used and washed the softer they become. Tenugui can be cut and hemmed to make napkins, or used to make a table runner, but they can also be used to wrap gifts or for other purposes. They make wonderful kitchen towels.

The chopsticks have ribbing on the ends which makes it easier to pick up and hold things, especially noodles, and the ornamentation at the top show a variety of traditional Japanese design motifs in blue.

Here are the giveaway rules once more:

  • You may enter the giveaway once a day.
  • Leave at least one comment on this post about anything having to do Japanese design. Additional entries can be as simple as you’d like.
  • For an additional one-time additional entry, send a separate comment and let me know if you already follow The Occasional Nomads or if you become a follower.
  • Share about the giveaway on your own blog and let me know in a separate comment for one more additional entry.
  • Please only at this post only (not on reminder posts).
  • The giveaway will end at midnight on July 3; one entry will be chosen at random and the winner announced on Friday, July 5. I will contact the winner by email to get shipping information. The giveaway is open only to readers in the U.S. and Canada (I’m sorry – I can’t afford the postage otherwise).

Thanks for entering – I am looking forward to hearing from you!

64 thoughts on “Giveaway #3: Kitchen Set

  1. I’ve been following your posts all through Europe to Japan and back to the W Coast. I’m an AirBnB superhost but of the old-fashioned BnB type where I’m here to cater to people and make them breakfast : ). Would love that japanese kitchen give-away!

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  2. Hi there! I’ve been following your posts via email alerts from Hawaii, all through Europe, then Japan now back to the W coast. I’m an AirBnB superhost in Montreux, Switzerland, but the old-fashioned kind where I”m here to cater to people and make them breakfast : ). Would love to have the Japanese set and you could send it to my US address…thank you!!

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  3. Beautiful! I’ve recently started to switch over our gift wrapping from paper to cloth, and while I’ve made some of our cloths or cloth bags, I keep being tempted by the beautifully designed ones I see from Japan.

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  4. That’s a beautiful giveaway! I love how everything you’ve shared about Japanese designs and motifs seems so simple and yet so intricate. Such hardworking artisans create beautifully delicate designs! (I’m thinking of kimonos you shared awhile ago.) What’s even better is that things are designed to be used over and over again. They are not too delicate to use.

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  5. The chopsticks and towels are beautiful! I am often struck by the beauty of Japanese design…by the beauty of the presention, the effort made to present even the simplest things beautifully. As evident in these items, which I would love to win!

    I have followed you for years (not sure how many), starting while you lived on Hawaii, before the planning of the Big Adventure. I‘ve been following along as you travel the world. Recently I was in Portland for the first time, just in time for the heat wave. I was very impressed with the green bicycle lanes! You‘d never see such respect for cyclists here in New Jersey.

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  6. Well I will say that my teen daughter loves many things associated with Japan. Starting when she was very young she loved pokemon. She continues to watch anime and read manga, and loves doing art related to this. I always show her your photos of when youre in Japan too!
    I know I would LOVE this giveaway!!

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  7. Japanese chop sticks are so different then Chinese. I love the idea of an edge that holds a noodle! The tea towels are lovely. My family laughs that tea towels are some of the favorite pieces of art in my house- always hanging on the range.
    I have enjoyed your blog and adventures.

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  8. I would consider Japanese architecture a type of design. I love the distinctive look which I find very beautiful.

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  9. I’ve been following your blog for a few years and enjoy it thoroughly. Your travelogue is inspiring, but I also just like hearing about your kids, your grands, your reading and watching reviews and your recipes and meal planning. The variety is great!

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  10. DH and I both worked at Herman Miller and really love our Noguchi table. We also have a few pieces of Japanese art bought when we lived in the Bay Area and when we visited Hawaii. Overall, it’s a great aesthetic, and I’d love to have the kitchen set. Cheers!

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  11. I enjoy learning about different cultures and traditions, including Japanese design, through your posts. I love the idea of wrapping gifts in beautiful cloth!

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  12. Second entry. Raining in Delaware….but not enough to keep me from mowing the lawn! Hope all is well in Portland!

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  13. Today‘s entry…the sun has come back to NewJersey. Hope it’s a beautiful day in Portland as well. I really enjoyed my visit there.

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  14. Another entry for me.
    I was rereading your departure from Hawaii. How are your plans for San Clemente doing? I cannot remember when you are planning on landing there. England is next for you, I know.
    We are headed to small town Idaho in September to begin our new adventure. After we are out there I will be looking at winter rentals in San Diego. The Idaho shut in will be too crazy for me!

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    1. I will have more updates about what’s coming next later this summer! We are enjoying our time in Portland, but then I feel depressed just thinking about the winter weather here. I would be looking for a winter rental in SoCal too if we were in Idaho (or here).

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  15. Blue is my favorite color and I love the patterns on the chopsticks and cloths. So elegant!

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  16. Just went out for sushi with a friend last night. Would love to have personal chopsticks! 🙂

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  17. Today’s entry. Hope your daughter will be happy in New York. It can be overwhelming but it’s an incredible place!

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    1. She has a solid place to start, and is living in a good location. She will start looking for work next week – fingers crossed!

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  18. I love your blog and your travel stories have me adding Japan as well as India to my travel list. I don’t know anything about Japanese design, but I do love the items you have chosen and enjoy all your stories of your site seeing as well as regular life things while you are traveling.

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  19. I follow your blog and would love to win the beautiful kitchen set. Thank you Gwen

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  20. I’m reading a book right now about netsuke and I love the amazing designs that were carved for such a simple purpose.

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  21. This has nothing to do with design (but fits in well with the candidates debate), but I was talking to a friend last night who was born and grew up in Japan. He said that their system is kind of like the “Medicare for all” that is being discussed – you present a card and are treated, simple as that. Their old-age pension system is also very simple and covers everyone. Not bad!!!
    Anyway, today’s entry!

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  22. Loved the pictures from your wallet. Thanks for the wonderful giveaways from far away.

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