One of the greatest things about going out to a restaurant in Japan is the oshibori, hot or cold towels given to patrons to clean their hands before a meal. We don’t know why more countries haven’t adopted this practice; there’s nothing better than being greeted by a soothing oshibori before a delicious meal. But once you’ve wiped your hands off (…and face for some people), that mini towel just sits around at the table looking like a soggy rag. That’s why we’re bringing you these easy instructions on how to create a bunny out of your oshibori towel. Enjoy!
How to make a towel bunny
1. Fold the towel in half diagonally so you make a triangle. Slightly offset the top points. It looks like Mount Fuji!
2. Pull on the top points a little to make them completely straight.
3. Grasp the bottom of the towel (Mount Fuji’s base) and roll it 3/4 of the way up.
4. Grasp the center of the towel and pull the middle towards you, pinching it together.
5. The two small ends of the towel that are sticking up will become the rabbit’s ears, so give them a little shape.
6. Just to make things a lot easier while finishing off the rest of the body, secure a rubber band around the rabbit’s neck (the part behind the ears). You can skip this part once you’ve gotten used to making towel bunnies, but for now, let’s use it.
7. Slightly open the two rolls of towel that are sticking out.
8. Cross the two open rolls over each other. These are your bunny’s legs!
9. Fold the legs under the bunny’s body, making sure the front legs are nestled under his chin.
10. Secure the bunny’s feet with the same rubber band that’s around his neck.
11. Fluff up the backside and you’ve got yourself an adorable towel bunny!
So why not give it a try at home or the next time you’re out at a restaurant in Japan. You’ll have a cute rabbit companion to keep you company while you eat!
[ Read in Japanese ]