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added on : January 22, 2024

Mizuhiki is a traditional decoration with deep ties to Japanese culture and important real-life applications. It is a decorative knot used to seal gifts given during ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. The strings are traditionally red and white, but the range of colors has expanded over time. Tokyo has a number of shops where visitors can find charming accessories made with mizuhiki, and workshops where they can try making it themselves.

Makiguchi Shoten Co., Ltd.: Heritage and Authenticity

Makiguchi Shoten Co., Ltd. has over 90 years of history. The shop started out making ceremonial wrapping paper with woodblocks in the days before modern printing. They have since expanded into other ceremonial items, but they still carry original wrapping paper with embossed lettering not found elsewhere. The shop carries a wide range of goods, from the basics to elaborate sculptures made with mizuhiki. They make sculptures in collaboration with artists and feature them on a rotating display. There are also materials on sale for customers interested in making mizuhiki creations at home.

Tokyo Mizuhiki: Tasteful and Elegant

Tokyo Mizuhiki sells mizuhiki works made by Emi Nakamura, an artist who has been featured in international conferences such as the G7 Summit. Their portfolio is constantly updated and featured on their official Instagram page. There are a wide range of accessories on sale including earrings, ear cuffs, hair clips, rings, and broaches. Despite using the mizuhiki knots, they are not constricted by tradition and use creative and playful knots. The store also displays various other works of art incorporating mizuhiki, including lampshades and vases. Tokyo Mizuhiki also offers workshops in English, which are available via advance reservation.

komorebi: Shopping and Workshops

Komorebi specializes in glass beads but also offers a wide range of mizuhiki products and workshops. There are eight levels of workshop based on experience, and certificates are available at an additional cost. Beginner classes start with the standard mizuhiki knots such as awaji musubi, and advanced classes challenge students to make complex sculptures such as flowers and cranes. Workshop participants can make a reservation on Komorebi’s website. They sell traditional knots suited for wedding attendees and charming accessories such as broaches and earrings.

Makiguchi Shoten Co., Ltd.

Address 3-25-5 Asakusabashi, Taito City, Tokyo
URL Makiguchi Shoten Co., Ltd. (JPN)

Tokyo Mizuhiki

Address 3-8-6 1F Shimo-Meguro, Meguro City, Tokyo
Other Workshops require advanced booking
URL Tokyo Mizuhiki (JPN)


Address Cosmo Harajuku 4F, 4-31-11, Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Other Workshops require advanced booking
URL komorebi

For up-to-date information on opening hours and further details please check the official websites.

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