Even though these days few people use them to wrap their clothes and shampoo when they go to the public bath (since these are rarely visited and people now have backpacks!), there are still many things you can do with furoshiki (literally, "bath spreads"), the square pieces of cloth that can be found in most souvenir shops in Japan. The question is: Do you know how to fold and tie it so you can use it to its full potential? If the answer is "no" but you still want a practical shoulder bag in the style of a classic furoshiki, look no further than the Azuma Bukuro Furoshiki Cloth Bag Pink-Beige!
This is a real furoshiki, but here twisted, folded, and sewn into the shape of a shoulder bag. It measures 26 x 41 cm (10.2 x 16.1") and the shoulder opening is 55 cm (21.6"), which makes it comfortable for people of almost any height and arm length. It also has an inside pocket and a snap fastener closure, so you can secure your wallet or cellphone. Very easy to fold and store in a larger bag, it features a beautiful chrysanthemum pattern.
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