Thinking out loud...
Although I've used the word origami a few times on this site, it's not really origami at all. Origami actually means "paper folding", but we're folding "oshibori" instead.
A common question is where to buy oshibori outside Japan. If anyone knows of an English website selling Japanese hand towels, please let me know!
Hi Nick, Korin.com sell oshibori to both restaurants and individuals, and they say that they do not have a minimum order. Cindy.
Dear Nick, Last week, in our Target Store (a dept. store), my wife came across face towels that were 30.4 X 30.4 cm. She bought them for me (two 30 packs about 20 cents for each cloth US$).
I tried one out and it works well! The corners are square and that's where I was having trouble finding a cloth that was acceptable. Most, whose demensions were good had rounded corners.
The only thing that I don't like about them is that the two opposite sides are folded over slightly and give the edges extra thickness. But I can work with that. The name of the company is "Roomessentials" and it is a 30 pack, 100% cotton. John.
Hi Nick, We sell oshibori to motorsport enthusiasts at MotoCloth.com. Leo.
I've seen oshibori on eBay, but they are usually cute towels with rounded corners. I think you'd be better off using a wet tea towel, cut down to 30x30cm.
Finally, I know you can buy towel origami books on Amazon, but they are mostly for big towels or napkins.
If you like origami, you'll love this!
Oshibori Origami is the latest Japanese craze sweeping the nation! Instead of paper, we're making origami from wet Japanese hand towels. Oshibori origami is easier than traditional origami, and more fun, too!
Yum! It might be too long and thin, but this delicious croissant is made from the finest wet hand towels in my house! When you're out at an izakaya, dip it in some soy sauce and have a nibble. Almost as good as the real thing!
Aww... isn't it cute? Impress the girls at your table with this floppy eared rabbit. It's the perfect complement to a bowl of salad, and you can make this attention grabbing piece of oshibori art in just four steps!
Why take your kids to the zoo, when you can make your own? You'll need all your oshiborigami skills to get your elephant's ears where they should be, but once you're over that hurdle there'll be nose stopping you!
This cute little baby bird is sure to get some attention, and if not, throw it at someone like a snowball!
When you're out at a restaurant, make a family of them with your friends. I guarantee they will bring a smile to the waitress who comes to clean your table after you've gone.
Run! Run! It's Godzilla! Japan's favorite B-movie monster is recreated with a wet hand towel! He may not have the martial arts techniques or atomic breath of the original creature, but this oshibori monster still maintains Godzilla's aquatic abilities.
Mooooo! You won't get milk out of it, but you might get some laughs if you make an oshibori cow at a yakiniku restaurant! It only takes a few simple folds of your favorite oshibori to make a mad cow. Try it!
With its big head and rubber band accessory, this baby penguin is one of the most popular examples of oshiborigami. Complete with flappy wings and moveable beak, this little penguin is sure to get everyone's attention. It will even stand up for them!
This little oshibori man has written a little poem to introduce himself...
You know you can't tear me or throw me away, I'm not a paper towel that was used yesterday. Warm you up, cool you down, I'll do whatever I can. I'll even clean your mess, I'm the Oshibori Man!
That's right, and you can use a wet towel to make your own oshibori man, complete with hood and cape!
Last but not least, the grand finale, our piece de resistance, the moment you've all been waiting for... an oshibori willy! Embarrass yourself and your co-workers with a wet towel willy! By far the most popular piece of oshiborigami, this carefully crafted symbol of masculinity is sure to be met with disapproving frowns or jokes about one's own insecurities. If you're lucky, though, some people might actually find it funny!
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