Ukiyo-e (pictures of the Floating World) is a form of traditional Japanese art popular during the 17th to 19th centuries. Artists made woodblock prints and paintings of beautiful scenes that hark back to the Japan of old. Scenes included female beauties, Kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, folklore, historical depictions, landscape and travel, and many more.
The Hiroshige Ukiyo-e Furoshiki | Morning view of the Nihonbashi Bridge is considered to be a masterpiece. This furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloths) is taken from the world of the famous Ukiyo-e artist, Utagawa Hiroshige; as part of his The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido series, this stunning image cemented Hiroshige’s fame, and became one of the most iconic pieces of Japanese art. The Tokaido road used to link the old capital Edo (modern day Tokyo) to the imperial capital, Kyoto; it was the main transport road in old Japan.
The composition shows the early morning sky rising above the Nihonbashi bridge, where merchants and others are already going about their daily business. The bridge still exists today!
Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths (Wikipedia). They can be used as as an impromptu bag, for wrapping things for storage, as eco-friendly reusable gift wrapping, and more! Furoshiki have been making a comeback in Japan in recent years, as a beautiful and "green" way of gift giving and beautifying one's daily life. We've got more design in our furoshiki collection available right here, and even a useful DVD teaching you how to get the best of this bento boxes best friend.
How to wrap a bento box in a furoshiki:
Place the bento box in the middle of the furoshiki. If the box is square in shape, place it on the diagonal, so the sides are facing the corners of the cloth. Bring two opposite corners of the cloth over the box and tie securely. Then, bring the other two corners over the cloth, and tie again. You can also find instructions online for wrapping different objects in creative ways, such as how to wrap a wine bottle to make a handle for bringing wine to parties. See this page for more furoshiki wrapping and tying ideas.
Dimensions : 48 x 48 cm (18.9″ x 18.9″).
Weight : 44 g.
Material : 100% cotton.
Made in Japan.
This furoshiki is made of 100% cotton. It is machine-washable (use the gentle cycle, and lukewarm water). The recommended maximum water temperature is 40 degrees C / 104 degrees F). Furoshiki are relatively wrinkle-free, but they can be ironed to become pristine.