(Introductory Mizuhiki Course)
Learn to make a traditional noshi-bukuro (gift money envelope) using the mizuhiki paper cord knotting technique known as awaji-musubi, and get a closer look into the spirit of Japan’s long-standing traditions of gift culture.
In this workshop, we’ll use a tenugui hand towel as the folded envelope, which offers a unique souvenir to bring home with you. The finishing touch is to write your name, or the name of a special someone if you’re making a gift, on the front strip with a Japanese calligraphy brush, and your work is complete!
- Available Dates
- Every day except Wednesdays, Thursdays, and holidays (see calendar below)
- Available Hours
- 10:00am to 12:00pm
- Maximum Attendees
- 3 people (min. 1 person)
Since ancient times, Japan has valued the culture and tradition of gift-giving as an important element of social relationships. Compassion for others is at the heart of our gift-giving culture.
Wrapping, folding, and knotting are the primary techniques, developed over centuries, that make up the traditional methods of preparing gifts. Within this tradition, mizuhiki paper cords tied around an envelope or box is the iconic feature of Japanese gift-wrapping. The mizuhiki knot signifies that the gift is “unopened” and represents something pure and sacred, but also acts as a symbol of the connection between two or more people.
The yuino (or engagement gift) shop, Hichikuro, has been known locally as the “consultant for ceremonial occasions” in this neighborhood for over 80 years.