Umami Mart Registry

Kabamaru is a gray and black striped cat, and the leader of the pack. In this celebratory scene, he and his colleagues are riding koinobori, koi streamers (like windsocks) which are hung to celebrate Children's Day in May. The koi signifies perseverance and growth as koi swim strongly upstream and eventually become dragons in the face of adversity.  

The Japanese text reads: Sora no koi, ten ni nobotte, ryuu ni naru

This translates to: Koi in the sky, climb to the heavens, become a dragon

Use furoshiki to dress up a suit pocket for a wedding, wrap up your bento, a bottle of sake or wine as a gift, or wipe the sweat off your brow during your next hike.

Hajime Okamoto was born in 1942 in Osaka and is a celebrated calligrapher and artist. He was greatly influenced by his time spent in China in the 80s, and returned to Japan to create the Kabamaru series in 1998. Okamoto calls his paintings "Ink Pop Art" and actively exhibits his work throughout the country.


  • Artwork by Hajime Okamoto
  • Dimensions: 19 7/8"L x 19 7/8"W
  • Material: 100% cotton
  • Made in Kyoto, Japan