Hari Kuyou

 Sharp end first.

Sharp end first.

Why are Constance and Patience sticking blunt needles and bent pins into a block of tofu?

A Job Well Done.

A Job Well Done.

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

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Careful placement.

Careful placement.

The needles and pins have served us well this year, stitching a kimono, a velvet pelisse, many clothes and quilts for Hittys and humans…it is time for them to retire.  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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Dedication

Dedication

In their best kimono, Constance and Patience bring their offering of restful needles to the only Shinto Shrine they know of in Victoria, located at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

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Sushi

Sushi

Sushi for dinner…

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To see the girls’ Kimonos in detail, click here.

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16 thoughts on “Hari Kuyou

  1. Such thoughtful Hittys! I never thought of a kind departure for my pins/needles. I do save the fabric/thread scraps and donate them. They are used as stuffing for dog beds.

  2. Just reading about the respect paid to pins/needles…..makes me just want to respect some things I have that have been useful and are now no longer able to do the job.
    I need to put to rest some knives and cooking utensils and get some new ones. I will really miss them. 😦

  3. It looks like Constance and Patience are very pleased for an excuse to wear their kimonos! How nice to have such good helpers for the ceremony – I expect they are very grateful for sewing implements that make them so many nice clothes.

  4. What a nice way to retire old pins and needles. So thoughtful of the girls to visit the Shinto shrine. I am sure Constance takes the lead in all these wonderful decisions.

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