Palm Tawashi (scrubbing brush made of palm fibers) is suitable for scraping and scrubbing, and can be used for cleaning thin mesh, items with many grooves, metal knives, iron products, wood products and ceramics. Unlike conventional tawashi brushes, this one does not use left and right belt straps so that all four sides can be used. More eco-friendly than sponges and reasonably priced, Palm Tawashi can be used for cleaning cooking utensils, removing stains from cutting boards, mortars for grinding, colanders and other fine mesh. It also removes oil stains from steel and other materials. Food (vegetables) can be gently cleaned only on the surface without damaging the vegetable itself by simply rubbing the soil stains with moderate force. Palm Tawashi can be also used in the living room. By raising the hair on carpets and rugs, it will lift small debris from between the hair and make it easier to vacuum clean. It can also be used in a wide range of gardening and outdoor equipment as well as on the earthen floors and in entrance areas. Although palm tree is often regarded as being less expensive than hemp palm, it is gradually becoming more valuable even in Sri Lanka, which is the country of origin of palm nuts, the raw material for palm. Mr. Masatsumu Kitayama, a craftsman who has been making Palm Tawashi brushes for many years, hopes that by passing on his skills to Sri Lankan tawashi craftspeople and selling them in Japan, it can help preserve and pass on both Japanese and Sri Lankan palm tawashi brush cultures.