A Well-Deserved Rest

 

hari-kuyo

today was the yearly hari-kuyo, the day of paying tribute to those broken, bent, rusted or otherwise worn sewing needles and pins by sticking them in soft materials– namely, tofu or konnyaku.  in the kanto region, the event takes place on february 8th every year at designated temples and shrines, with the purpose of expressing gratitude towards the hard-working needles and praying for improvement in sewing skills.

mine are now retired at renkeiji in kawagoe– rest in softness, dear needles!

針さん、針さん。ご苦労さん!

今日は年に一度の針供養。錆びたり・折れたり・曲がったりして使えなくなった針をお寺や神社に参拝し、こんにゃくやお豆腐に刺してお世話になった感謝の気持ちとお裁縫上達の祈りをこめて供養する行事です。

私はここ数年間集めておいた針たちを川越の蓮馨寺へ持って行きました。たくさんの制作のお手伝いをしてくれた針たちも、今は柔らかいこんにゃくでおやすみしています。

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  1. What a fantastic custom!!!!

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