Comments on: Big (only) in Japan? Oshibori Taking the pulse of trends, trend-watchers and trendmakers in Japan. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:29:40 +0000 hourly 1 By: T-rock Tue, 31 Aug 2010 01:56:53 +0000 It always good to have an oshibori cold or hot
Cold for this blazing summer heat lately and hot to warm up in the winter time.
Hygenic reasons
Health reasons
Removes germs
And it’s just makes you feel much better overall
Relieves stress and tension

By: Dunkirk Sun, 29 Aug 2010 11:42:51 +0000 It’s been 13 years since I lived in Nippon, but I still feel unclean sitting down to a meal in a restaurant here in Sydney without being able to reach for the trusty oshibori.

There was a time when even in economy class (Qantas I recall, in the 1970s and early 80s), flight attendants would glide down the aisles before take-off handing out slightly cologned, chilled or heated hand towels, which were such a lovely way to start a flight and took the edge off the knowledge that you weren’t in business or first, but those days have long gone.

I recall reading somewhere that some oshibori providers are front businesses for yakuza, and that as part of accepting the protection of a particular gang, the restaurant or cafe owner agrees to pay their protection money in the form of a contract with the oshibori provider. Can anyone confirm this, or is it an urban myth?

By: Kurt Thu, 26 Aug 2010 02:20:17 +0000 It probably depends on the company you’re keeping, but I think it’s more or less acceptable for oyaji (er, men) to wipe their faces with non-packaged oshibori, and I’ve often been told in the summer to “go ahead, wipe you face, it’s okay” by hosts. Going to the armpits a la sumo wrestlers though might be pushing it a bit.

With the flat, pre-wrapped suckers — well, no holds barred as far as I’m concerned — neck, forehead, as a napkin for greasy mouths, no problem (though.