The Participants Amazed with the Versatile wrapping Ability of Furoshiki

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Date & Time: Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Spot: Japan International Cooperation Agency Yokohama. Participants joined from each hotel room through Zoom
Participants: Four participants (from Vietnam, Afghanistan, Benin, Ghana) and a staff of Japan International Cooperation Agency Yokohama
Instructors: Three KSGG members
Languages: English
Report by Akiko

JICA*1  Four participants who were taking training course of JICA in Japan joined in a Furoshiki, a big and square cloth for wrapping things, workshop. Since this workshop was held on Friday, it started at 6:00 p.m. after their training course was over. First, we started with an overview of the history of furoshiki, and its various types of wrapping method. After that, we introduced how to wrap items with a furoshiki by a method called Hon-musubi. *2 With this basic method, you can unwrap the items easily when unwrapping. The participants who tried and succeeded in wrapping and unwrapping a furoshiki shouted with joy.
We also introduced three other wrapping methods: Wrapping a square box, a bottle, and a spherical object such as a watermelon. All the participants enthusiastically looked at our demonstration and tried each wrapping method.
They asked us to introduce how to carry items on their back with a furoshiki. We introduced a wrapping method they requested. One of them who tried this method managed to make the bag with it. He showed a big smile and pretended to go out with the bag.
Since the left and right sides of the screen images are reversed when working with zoom, this was complicated for them. So, we were changing the position of the camera so that they could see the instructor’s hands from the same direction. This workshop was successfully held thanks to the instruction document sent to them in advance. At the end of the class, everyone seemed to be contented with the activity.

*1 Japan International Cooperation Agency
*2 One of the names of how to bind the rope. Hon-musubi is the Japanese name for the reef knot or square knot.