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Wednesday, 17 August 2011


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Linda Austin

I love the temari ball I have. It's of cotton and silk, but I won't dare play with it. It sure would be nice to know the singsong tune of the tamari ditty. I will have to ask my older Japanese friends.

G. R. Collia

It's a shame that Gwladys Hughes made no mention of the tune. Maybe the text that the translation came from only included the lyrics. The translation was made in 1949, but she doesn't say how old that particular ditty was... it seems that children were still singing it at that time though.


There are several temari play songs and some appear in Youtube videos. The song in your blog entry is posted here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGA4rKkcG60

Do you make temari yourself? I do, it is a thoroughly addictve form of embroidery. Cheers Rebecca

G. R. Collia

That's marvellous, Rebecca. Thank you for that link.

I haven't made a temari yet, but I've been looking at a lot of patterns and contemplating having a go. A friend makes them and she's addicted, like you. She tells me that once you start you can't stop. She has a huge collection now.

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