【What is Mizuhiki?】

It is hardened paper string used in Japanese formal gift wrapping which is manufactured by twisting and starching washi paper.

Opinions divide about its origin but according to one of them, it traces back to 607, when Japanese Imperial court sent envoy to Sui Dynasty China.  It is said that the envoy ONO no Imoko, praying for a safe return voyage, tied linen strings dyed in two colors of red and white on the items to be presented to Japanese Imperial court. The custom since then, to put red and white strings to all the presents to the Imperial courts, spread to samurai society, then it spread out to the common people after Meiji restoration in late 19th century.

Today, it is used as auspicious ornaments in various ways such as home decorations and accessories as well as in ornamental wrappings for gift boxes and gift money envelopes.

 

【Workshop Step】

8 Steps from “Introductory” to “Expert”

Eight steps (C1~C8) are prepared to learn the minimum basic skills required to create original mizuhiki works and to teach in mizuhiki classes.

To unify the technique obtained in and outside of Japan, materials for each course are provided in the form of kits (komorebi kits). Starting from C1, gradually going up the steps to finish C8, finally you’d be qualified as an instructor of komorebi, HarajukuTokyo (kHT hereafter). if you finish C3, or C5, you could restart from the next steps even after a long interval.

With the instructor qualification, your field of activity would be broadened, for example, to sell your works or to have your own classes. You could carry on by yourself or kHT could offer supports as follows.

  • About your classes: If you run the kHT course(C1~C8) using komorebi kits, your classes could be authorized kHT classes and those who finish C8 in your classes could be komorebi instructors. (komorebi kits are offered at special prices for instructors)
  • About your works: Fine pieces of works could be introduced or sold at mizuhiki site run by kHT or could be displayed and sold at real shop of kHT. (kHT would receive handling charge, which is separately specified, from the amount sold)


【The assesment for the previous courses on ACTIVITY JAPAN】

 


【Registration】

C1 :Beginner 1(approx. 1 hour)

What to learn:

Handling of mizuhiki through basic knots(Awaji knot , Daki awaji knot )

Please book from here.
1 to 4 seats
C1- Activity Japan(←click),
or
C1- komorebi(←click)


C2:Beginner 2 (approx. 1.5 hours) 

For those who have learned Awaji knot, C1 course.

What to learn:

Five petalled flower knot (Flat plum flower knot) and Mizuhiki band making

Please book from here.
1 to 4 seats
C2- Activity Japan(←click),
or 
C2- komorebi  (←click)

C3:Beginner 3 (approx. 2 hours)

For those who have learned Awaji knot, C1,  and Flat Plum Flower knot, C2.

What to learn:

Ball knot and make it into a pair of earrings

Please book from here.
1 to 4 seats
C3- komorebi  (←click)


【Workshop Instructor】

 

Representative of komorebi, Harajuku, Tokyo
Certificate and License:
 ISGB  (International Society of Glass Beads)member, 
Curator’s Certificate, 1st grade of Art Certification, National Guide Certificate, Art/Curio Dealer, Mizuhiki Liner Maritsukai

【Workshop Instructor】

Representative of komorebi, Harajuku, Tokyo
Certificate and License:
 ISGB  (International Society of Glass Beads)member, 
Curator’s Certificate / 1st grade of Art Certification / National Guide Certificate / Art/Curio Dealer / Mizuhiki Liner Maritsukai