Did You Know? Furoshiki Has a 1200-Year History in Japanese Culture from Emperors to the Common Man!
Japan has an ancient culture, and the furoshiki is one of the tools that Japanese people have used as a part of their daily life for centuries. The furoshiki was first used an incredible 1200 years ago, where it was used to wrap and protect the Emperor’s treasure in Nara, in Japan’s Kansai region. Even today, modern Japanese people use this cloth to protect their own valuable objects!
For many Japanese, furoshiki represents a calming cultural ritual or caring for possessions by wrapping (tsutsumu) and tying (musubi) them way carefully. Even the Japanese words used to describe this process speak of the cultural value:
Tsutsumu means wrapping, but also refers to the unborn baby inside its mother; treating the unborn’s soul with love and respect—just as the contents of a furoshiki!