“Tepa” means loincloth in a language called Ainu. (Ainu is an indigenous ethnic group of people who have lived in Hokkaido, northern Japan, as well as in Russia, the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin.) I have always been interested in the Ainu culture, and I liked how “Tepa” sounded, so I picked it. 2. What is the main concept/theme of your work? World peace begins with the lower half of our bodies! I strongly believe if women took care of their precious womb with more care and respect, blood and chi (energy) would circulate there, and it would not only give us more vitality, but it would also allow us to be kind to others around us. If our inner body is tension free, our hearts also become relaxed. I would be happy if TEPA could support various aspects of womanhood. 3. What would you like people to experience when they put on your Fundoshi shorts (loincloth)?
They make you feel as though you’re not wearing anything. Therefore, I hope you will feel liberated and discover a new you! When you use the bathroom, you will not feel the stress you may have been experiencing with a strange odor or color of discharge. One of the reasons why vaginal discharge is produced is to get rid of bacteria. I believe that TEPA’s Fundoshi shorts can reduce the discharge by providing our vaginas with a healthy environment. And most of all, it will keep you warm, which is good for our reproductive organs. 4. What is your favorite quote? “If my wish were to be granted now I wish for wings Please put the white wings On my back like a bird I want to spread the wings And take off into the wide sky Towards the free sky where there is no sadness I want to flutter my wings and fly away”
“Give me the Wings” (originally written in Japanese)
I have always liked this song since I was a young child. 5. What do you do when you're feeling low?
I have fun meals with people I love. And I chat away.