Tsutsumu – The Art of Japanese Packaging

包: Hou, Tsutsumi (package, packing, Wrap something inside) Japanese traditional packaging In the mountain village of Yoshino, an old craftworker is manipulating a single Fujizuru (vine of Wisteria) with spirit. Now it is difficult to get such a sturdy Fujizuru. Like a serpent with a mission of God, a single fujizuru sticks to the surface of Shiraki (non-vernished wood) and firmly ties it up. This fujizuru was collected 20 years ago and had been matured in a dark corner of warehouse.

Sleeping in the past 20 years is not just a sleep. The fujizuru meat and fiber breathed in a moderate natural moisture and gained supple toughness. They put a whole heart in wrapping. The wrapped contents aged over time. When delivered and unwrapped, Yasuke-sushi has become the best taste by aging. But this fujizuru can only get out under sunlight for a very short time. After a while, it will be cut off for opening. At first, the word in Japanese “Kami (God, spirit)” was a word meaning a superior person. God of rice comes down from the mountain. Villagers invite the god of rice and fight in sumo with God.

It is for stepping on the ground and putting the strong power of abundance in the ground. He fights earnestly in sumo with the invisible God of rice. God of rice is strong. Even if he is thrown over and over, he will continue fighting. Keeping fighting is the same as keeping praying with the whole in mind and body Eventually, the god of rice make big smile. The beginning of “Hineri” (wrapping things (In most cases coins) with paper by twisting) is the manifestation of people’s simple heart. A small wish is put in wrapped things and it is given to Gods and spirits. Natural conservation is large, soft and envelops people’s mind. Each one of nature wraps up delicious seasonal foods made by people. A color brought up by nature. A form created by nature. And a wrapped heart. Nature embodies to people’s wisdom and skills.

People make the best use of nature’s dispensation and life. There, a handmade tradition of “tsutsumu (wrapping)” was born. Wrapping fresh eggs. Like to grow five children lovingly. Carrying fresh eggs far. like to let each five children leave on a journey. This is called ”Tamago-tsuto”. A window is naturally formed between the straws. It is knit tightly with a simple love for wrapped things.

Even if it is shaking at the waist of a woodcutter that went deep into the mountain, it will not break. In the 3 rd century BC, ethnic groups making rice landed on the coast of Japan. From that time on, living culture using straw that is easy to obtain, strong and supple has started. It is an old past. But who would have started the way of wrapping of this “Makiburi”? (Wrapped yellowtail) The Sea of Japan is a treasure trove of fish and can take various kinds of fish.

Among them, yellowtail is the king. After immersing “Kanburi” (yellowtail in winter) in salt water for 10 days, dry in a dark place with a strong sea breeze and wind it with straw rope. The head and tail are wrapped tightly, while the middle is wrapped loosely. Then, the ventilation improves. Unpack the rope by the amount you eat and roll the rest again.

I also brought this to a far mountain. If you say in the present word, it is preserved food. This shape is beautiful no matter when I look at it. Who came up with this way of making “Makiburi”? People in this country did not regard severe nature as enemy. They get into nature, blend into nature, and assemble ingenuity from nature itself. They did not go against nature, nurturing the sum of living and people, with the teachings of nature. A straw life culture created from people’s natural surroundings that people quickly notice. Furthermore, the living culture using wood overlaps. Moreover, the life culture of “take” and “sasa” (stem and Leaf of bamboo) overlap beautifully. straw, wood, stem of bamboo, leaf of bamboo, paper and clay. As the flow of each life culture raised the rich creative power of people as the basis of the act of “wrapping”. Take (Bamboo, especially stem of bamboo) Its dry feeling and the straight appearance made bamboo an attractive plant from ancient times for people in this humid country. Crafts using bamboo section. Craft using elasticity of bamboo Takekago (bamboo basket), takezaru (Bamboo sieve) The creativity of the Japanese produced more supple and simple things using bamboo.

From one bamboo, you can collect as many as 36 bamboo skins. It is said that the bamboo skins will fall in order as they are done one by one on a fine summer morning. Sliced beef, white-miso and red-miso, candy broken with a mallet It is a strong and affordable wrapping paper produced by nature. A ”木” or ”樹” (ki: tree) has the same sound with ”気” (Ki) which is used in words of ”気持ち” (kimochi: feeling, intention, mood) and ”気力” (kiryoku: vigor, spirit, power, energy). From ancient times, people have hoped to incorporate the strength of trees’ vitality to myself. Cleanliness, purity of unpainted wood A fresh scent of wood skin Beautiful pattern of wood grain. (夏目(natsume, summer pattern)= bright pattern, 冬目(fuyume, winter pattern)= dark pattern) Taking advantage of the original form of the material, make it a handmade wooden box. In Japanese, ”tasting” is called ”味を見る (see, watch, look the taste)”. The beauty of colors and shapes in the eyes.

”味(Aji, taste, savor) is not just for eating. The container that puts food is not just a container. Even after taking out the food, the fun, interest, beauty of the container itself was needed. The room of the Japanese mind made it so. In the casualness, a rustic taste Feeling the climate of the place where it was produced The joy and interest of not only food, but also the container are catched and exquisitely demonstrated. .