My Japanese "T" word is Temari - beautiful thread covered balls. Here is a description of Temari from temari.com:
A thousand year old craft from Japan, Temari is traditionally given as a gift. From humble beginnings as simple toy balls for children's play, Temari create a magnetic effect on viewers today. As a spectacular decorating focal point, the puzzle of the design is mesmerizing. The concept is elegantly simple, the end result is simply elegant!
Temari. com has a how-to lesson the website, if you are interested.
I would like to really learn to do this! I made one small beginner ball and started another that is still unfinished. Maybe someday....