"Ogasawara-Ryu Origata Wrapping" presented by Kokura Castle Japanese Garden

Folding and Wrapping

By Tachibana Museum

By : Kokura Castle Japanese Garden

In-no-shiki Male butterfly of Kuwae-no-hisage and female butterfly of Nagae-no-choshiTachibana Museum

Folding and Wrapping

When the political and cultural center of Japan shifted in favour of the more rugged warrior classes (Samurai) during the Kamakura period, the use of paper flourished and transformed.  The Samurai required thicker and stronger paper, and it was around the Kamakura and Muromachi periods that paper also became suitable for practical everyday use.

Gift wrapping was one such example of this transformation.

Flowering Tree Wrapping and Flowering Plant WrappingTachibana Museum


Left/Flowering Tree Wrapping

Right/Flowering Plant Wrapping (Gyō of Gyō; 6th degree)

Shin・Gyō・Sō: Shin is used to refer to the basic form. Sō is used to denote an efficient form, one which eliminates the unnecessary, and is a result of diligent practice.  Gyō is the form that sits between Shin and Sō.

Ori-sue(four variations)Tachibana Museum


Ori-sue: A folding box that holds slips with names of certain scents written on them; used in Kodo.

Black Pepper WrappingTachibana Museum

A Black Pepper Wrapping

Top/Sō of Sō

Bottom/Gyō of Sō (6th degree)

Chopsticks Wrapping (Gyo of Gyo;6th degree)Tachibana Museum

Chopsticks Wrapping

Gyō of Gyō; 6th degree

Publication WrappingTachibana Museum

A Wrapping for Books

Ko-noshiTachibana Museum


Noshi: Sliced dried abalone.

Taru-no-kuchi WrappingTachibana Museum

Taru-no-kuchi Wrapping

Taru-no-Kuchi: A keg of sake used on celebratory occasions.

Japanese Fan WrappingTachibana Museum

Japanese Fan Wrapping

In-no-shiki Male and female butterflies of HeijiTachibana Museum


Male (right) and female (left) butterflies from Heiji

In-no-shiki, Yō-no-shiki: Two parts of a wedding ceremony, with In-no-shiki being a dedication to the gods, and Yō-no-shiki being the ceremony for men. Butterflies in the ceremony symbolize fertility.Heiji: Earthenware vessel containing sake.

Aigyo-no-mmori WrappingTachibana Museum

Aigyo-no-mamori Wrapping

Good luck charm that a newlywed bride brings when she marries into a family.

Rite of Passage Male butterfly of Kannabe, From the collection of: Tachibana Museum
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Rite of Passage Female butterfly of Kannabe, From the collection of: Tachibana Museum
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Arrangements used for EngagementsTachibana Museum

Modesty and heart-felt intentions are highly esteemed in Japanese culture, and the slightest gesture can convey great meaning and beauty. This is why, depending on the object, time of year, and occasion, appropriate forms of folding are used to transmit an aesthetic sense of beauty.
Ogasawara style bow and arrow. Betrothal items (replicas). A scroll describing Ogasawara etiquette. A video of Kyuba Archery(a traditional style of archery done by mounted samurai), can be viewed at the permanent exhibition in the Japanese Garden within Kokura castle.

Credits: Story

Kokura Castle Japanese Garden

『Ogasawara-ryū Musubu Oru,  Tsutsumu』
Author:Kiyotada Ogasawara, 31st generation head of Ogasawara-ryū
Photographed by : Hoshino  Tatsuro
Publishing Agency : HEARST Fujingaho Co. (Previously Asset Fujingaho Co.)

Curated by
TATEHATA Atsuko(Kokura Castle Japanese Garden )

Photo by
HOSHINO Tatsurou

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