CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan --
A Furoshiki gift wrapping class was held at the Family Readiness Center Nov. 21 aboard Camp Foster.
Furoshiki, the Japanese art of wrapping, is an eco-friendly technique passed down for generations. The square cloth comes in many colors and can be used to wrap objects of any shape.
“Furoshiki is one of the traditionally used wrapping cloths,” said Megumi Tamaki, the family programs and resources intercultural coordinator with Marine Corps Community Services. “I thought it would be a good opportunity for the military community to learn a little bit about the old Japanese culture.”
Participants learned how to wrap items such as books, wine bottles and bowls, and how to apply the technique in everyday use. With the holidays fast approaching, Furoshiki is a popular alternative for gift wrapping.
According to Tamaki, Christmas is a great time to use Furoshiki because it is reusable. The recipients not only gain a gift, but also a keepsake from Okinawa.
The class gave members of the military community the opportunity to learn more about the Japanese cultures and traditions. After finishing, the participants were able to take a bit of knowledge about Japanese culture home with them.
“I feel like I can take this knowledge back to the states with me,” said Melinda Blakley, one of the participants taking part in the class. “I can share with my family and friends what I’ve learned from Okinawa.”
MCCS offers military members and their families a variety of free cultural awareness classes. Times and dates for classes can be found online on the MCCS Okinawa Marine and Family page.