Kimono makers, seamstresses and homemakers have gathered at shrines to thank their bent pins and broken needles for the hard work and faithful service they have provided over the past year. They express their thanks by holding a small memorial service and putting the pins and needles to rest in a block of soft tofu or jelly. It is also an opportunity to pray for improved sewing skills in the year to come. (Montreal Modern Guild)
For years I have stored my dull, broken and bent needles in this little glass jar. It has a cork lid and keeps all these sharps safe. And it holds all the secrets and sorrows that my needles have absorbed over their years of service. They have seen me through a lot of stitches and memories, and I am thankful for them!
Here is a youtube clip of a Hari-Kuyō service.