is 100 years from founder Sokichi Tsuda of the Kaga Mizuhiki. Traditional craft
of the style mizuhiki of Tsuda, Sokichi Tsuda caught Imperial Family presentation
many honor in the original skill and dignity. The plum of the second generation
caught the high evaluation in a field of the art. I established an original style
of Tsuda as Kaga Mizuhiki. I was widely known to the all over Japan widely afterwards.
Now Gohachiro and Chie of the third generation and Hirosi and Sayumi of the fourth
generation inherit tradition.
Mizuhiki: The Symbol of A Japanese Culture of Giving Gifts
Japan there has long been a custom of showing thanks or respect by wrapping gifts
in paper, attaching a noshi (a type of white paper representing a dried abalone),
and tying it with a colored paper cord called a mizuhiki.
In early Edo
period, the gifts presented by samurai became more elaborate and the beautiful
mizuhiki design was devised, with this tradition being passed down to the present.
Mizuhiki could be said to be the symbol of the thanks giving culture of Japanese
The word "Mizuhiki" (literally "Water-pull") is said to come from
soaking materials such a hemp in water and then pulling off layers to make cords.
In the Edo period samurai and other townspeople used mizuhiki for tying their
hair in a topknot. Making mizuhiki also seems to have been a side job for samurai
In the Meiji Restoration, the custom of men and women wearing
their hair with a topknot became faded and mizuhiki were no longer used for tying
topknots. However, mizuhiki are now tied to presents as decorations and they have
become even more elaborate.