Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wednesday In Japan !

IMG 2889 by sleepytako
IMG 2889, a photo by sleepytako on Flickr.

My Wednesday post about my life in Japan.

I have a huge list of my favorite things in Japan and near the very top right after the Vending Machines are "Oshibori"

Oshibori are damp hand towels that are given out at restaurants at the start of your meal.
Most of the cheaper restaurants have plastic wrapped paper oshibori but many have, thank goodness, the cotton towels.
According to the season you get either a hot or cold towel.

Absolutely heaven !

In this photo by my Japanese son, sleepytako, you can see the KCC delivery of the fresh wrapped towels all ready for lunch and dinner.

This photo was taken in Umeda around 10 AM.
Thanks David for the use of the photo and the memories !

happy. . . parsnip
music. . . Daydream, Tatsu Yamashita


  1. Hello:
    Your glimpses of Japanese life are so fascinating. We love the idea of the Oshibori and how they are hot or cold depending on the season. A perfect accompaniment to a Japanese meal!

  2. I love oshibori! oh man, I miss them out here.

  3. Yes, these are wonderful, I like them nice and hot!!

  4. This is a most civilized custom.....
    I saw it echoed at the Essex House here in New York.

  5. Very cool! I think the Japanese have a handle on hospitality. And many other things.

  6. I'm dotty about immaculate hand towels and recently took a photograph in a loo with a basket of them.
    I have lots of old family embroidered ones which I scatter about the house but sometimes guests are reluctant to use them and use an ordinary towel instead.
    I've never gone so far as to dampen them though.

  7. It really is the little things that make all the difference.

  8. Fascinating post. I didn't know about oshibori but it is so Japanese. We had this service on the Lufthansa flight we just took back from Florence. Nothing like a warm moist towel to refresh you on an airplane. I like the idea of these as part of a restaurant meal as well. So civilized.