Saturday, May 29, 2010

ハンケチーフ Handkerchief

Folks handing-out free packets of paper pocket tissue is a common sight at train station exits and large crosswalks; within these packets is an advertisement for shops or businesses. Carrying pocket tissue or a handkerchief is proper etiquette in Japan and because most restrooms in Japan don't have paper towels, they are also quite necessary. Many also use a handkerchief in restaurants as a napkin, the ones provided are often very small and waxy, and as the summer months progress many trade the handkerchief for a skinny towel to keep themselves dry from the heavy humidity. Recently I received this Totoro handkerchief from the Studio Ghibli film となりのトトロ (Tonari no Totoro) as a gift, kawaii is it not?

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