Ukiyo-e Furoshiki - Cats Representing 53 Stations Along Tokaido
Furoshiki are Japanese multi-purpose square wrapping cloths that come in a variety of sizes and patterns. The beautiful ukiyo-e patterned furoshiki are made of sturdy cotton shantung that has a textured surface and are a perfect size to wrap your lunch box.
This woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi shows 53 cats representing each station (shukuba) along the Tokaido, a major route that connected Edo (present day Tokyo) and Kyoto in the Edo period. The route begins at Nihonbashi at the upper right corner and ends at Kyoto at the lower left corner.
What is great about furoshiki is that they are so simple yet so versatile. Add furoshiki to your collection of eco bags and explore their endlessly possible uses.
19¾” x 19¾”
Made in Japan
Who Makes It
Yamada Sen-i has been designing and manufacturing furoshiki in Kyoto since 1937. With hundreds of designs from traditional to contemporary, the company shows us many creative ways how these simple yet versatile cloths can be used.