ぬいぐるみ

Unico Tenugui

I went to the  手塚治虫の美男美女展~優艶~ in Osaka today, a Tezuka Osamu exhibition of “Beautiful People” from his body of work. I am such a weird Tezuka fan, because I reallyreallyreally like Unico, but  Unico is a really really tiny part of Tezuka’s stuff. Loving Unico is like going to Disneyland when you love Dumbo, but nothing else, lol.  There was only one piece of Unico artwork on display, which was Chao’s transformation sequence. It was really cool to see the original artwork instead of a print, but I couldn’t take any photos anyway. It was also ¥600 to get in, which was more that I should’ve paid to see one print. Oh well.  I’m still glad I could go.

The gift shop, at the end, had a neat unexpected treat. Almost most of the stuff was non-Unico merchandise. (Tons of Black Jack stuff, which I guess is the most popular these days…?) But they had not just one but two Unico tenugui! Tenugui are roughly translated as “washclothes” but they’re really more likely artistic fabric prints. Originally they probably were used as wash clothes or as clothes to wrap bento boxes etc. with, but these days you can find them in shops sold as wall hangings. They usually have really lovely prints and are intended for display.

The blue one is called “Unico with a lot of Chao” and is so silly and cute. The other one is called “Unico and the West Wind” and is just so beautiful that I can’t believe it exists.

Just look at how lovely it is! Like a flower rainbow. It’s so beautiful just on its own, but then it’s like extra special because it’s Unico and the West Wind. It makes me so happy. I’m going to have to buy a frame for it I think so I can properly display it. Unico and Chao is cute, but I don’t feel as strongly about needing to show it off.

The West Wind one is apparently more special as it was ¥1600, whereas the Chao one was “only”  ¥1300. Honestly, it’s probably a good thing that Unico isn’t more popular if just for my wallet/space.

Why can’t I hold all these Unicos?