Sunday, February 08, 2009

In memory of needles

Today is harikuyou (針供養), or memorial day for needles. It doesn't seem to be a well-known holiday, as several folks that I've mentioned it to have never heard of it. It's a day for people to take their broken needles and put them in a block of tofu, then have a memorial service for them at the temple. It seems like it's a holiday for craftspeople, like tailors and seamstresses, who want to honor the service that their tools have given them.


  1. Sounds like a dangerous way to accidentally eat a needle in your tofu!

    I love you, Selena!
    xoxo, Dee

  2. Oh yeah, I forgot that part! After the ceremony, we feast!