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Items for sale culled from John's extensive collection.

Fukusa Gift Covers


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Gate Way to California Fukusa

Tsudure Weaves

Hand Painted

壽 寿
Congratulations, Celebration, Long Life

Kotobuki is a character commonly used as a decorative element on fukusa. The actual meaning is long life; however, it has also taken on the connotation of congratulations or celebration. The character may appear in its modern Japanese form, in the older Chinese format, or in highly stylized forms – so stylized that they may not be readily recognized. Fukusa with kotobuki as the main design element may be used for any occasion other than for funeral gifts.

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Ancient Chinese Form

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Decorative Medallion Form

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"Grass Writing" Style

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Pine Trees

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Flying Crane

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Fukurokujin -God of Wisdom

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Fukurokujin -God of Wisdom

Examples of Stylized Kotobuki Characters

Silk Double Weaves Kotobuki

Silk Tsuzure Weaves Kotobuki

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