Hi everyone 👋😀
My name is Ylenia and today I am going to introduce you our seventh “Experience Japan Culture Firsthand” entitled “Japanese pinching craft【Tsumami-Zaiku】Experience”‼️
We had the honour of having Ms. Aya Takeuchi as our instructor. She lives in Toyota City (Aichi Prefecture) and started Tsumami-Zaiku as a self-taught artist 9 years ago.
“Tsumamu” ➡️ “to pinch”
“Zaiku” ➡️ “small work”
【Tsumami-zaiku】, also known as -The Art of the Pinch-, dates back to the Edo Period (1603-1867) in Kyoto.
This is a traditional Japanese craft made from small and colorful pieces of old cloth such as Kimono 👘 (the fabric is usually silk crepe), they are pinched and folded with tweezers. During the Edo Period, Tsumami-Zaiku were not accessories but original creations to put inside paulownia wood boxes. Nowadays Tsumami-zaiku is getting more and more popular.
You can create daily charming objects such as earrings, combs, kanzashi (ornamental hairpins), headbands, scarf pins and so on, or elegant ornaments for your home. The designs are various, you are spoilt of choices! Remember that “nature” and “animals” are the keywords 👌
You know, when I am in Japan, I love the feeling of the passing of the four seasons. Currently, although it is late August, in Japan Autumn is already in the air 😯 Last week I was so surprised to see all those warm-colored fall decorations as well as Halloween goods in the shops 🍂🧡🎃
Bringing with us this「special season transition feeling」, let‘s dive into today’s【Tsumami-zaiku】theme 😊👇
Today we are creating this delightful frame decoration 😍
“Tsukimi” (or Otsukimi) it literally means “looking at the Moon” but it refers to the Japan’s harvest Moon Festival and it is always held in the Country in Autumn.
“Tsukimi” symbols are： tsukimi-udon (the egg yolk resembling the full moon), tsukimi-dango, the Japanese pampas grass, taro and autumnal products such as sweet potatoes, pumpkin, chestnuts and so on.
The “Moon-viewing” tradition became popular during the Heian Period (794-1185), after the influence of Buddhism coming from China and successively coexisting with the native Japanese Shintō religion. For this reason, according to a Buddhist Tale, in Japan the Moon is also said to present the image of a rabbit pounding ingredients for mochi with a mallet.
In this frame we have: a cute white rabbit 🐇, pampas grass 🌾, a full Moon 🌕 and two clouds ☁️.
NO needle or thread are needed 😁
In my opinion, the most challenging parts were rabbit’s body, ears, and wheat spike leaves but the procedures overall were not difficult. I was very satisfied about the final result😍
WELL DONE EVERYONE ! 🥳💯
“Anyone is capable of doing Tsumami-Zaiku. It is important to practice at your own pace without looking at the people around you, there is no need to rush. I like making Tsumami-Zaiku creations according to the seasons: the traditional Japanese calendar marks the passing of the seasons, the seasonal transition can be felt everywhere, even in our home but perhaps most of us do not realize it. This is why we have to treasure Japanese culture. Once we go home, let’s decorate our room with this fresh autumn-themed Tsumami-Zaiku. We will surely feel cheered up.”（cit. by Ms. Aya Takeuchi）
月見 （つきみ）Pron. “Tsukimi” : Moon-viewing
満月 （まんげつ）Pron. “Mangetsu : Full Moon”
秋 （あき）Pron. “Aki” : Autumn
簪 （かんざし）Pron. “Kanzashi” : Ornamental hairpins
兎 （うさぎ）Pron. “Usagi” : Rabbit(s)
雲 （くも）Pron. “Kumo” : Cloud(s)
芒 （すすき）Pron. “Susuki” : Pampas grass