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.
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