Embrace Japan’s tradition of wrapping by indulging in a beautiful furoshiki! More eco-friendly then your normal wrapping paper, furoshiki are squares of cloth that come in various sizes, so you can wrap a book or use it as a backpack. Vimeo has a great video from RecycleNow that demonstrates some basic folds for furoshiki.
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You can find lots of good books in both English and Japanese on the many ways to use furoshiki practically and as decoration. There’s a good selection in the bookstore by Ippudo Ramen in Katamachi.
~MS the Younger