Furoshiki Workshops


Celebrate the Five Seasonal Festivals with Musubism:

Join us at Musubism for a unique and enchanting journey through Japan's 五節句 (Five Seasonal Festivals) with our exclusive series of five workshops. Each workshop is designed to be held approximately one month before each festival date (1/7, 3/3, 5/5, 7/7, 9/9), allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the traditions, stories, and cultural significance of these special days.

Upcoming Workshop: Tanabata (July 7th) - Held on June 29th

Celebrate the star-crossed romance of Orihime and Hikoboshi with our Tanabata workshop. Learn to create auspicious knots using Edo kumihimo, make wish-granting charms for bamboo leaves, and master the art of furoshiki wrapping inspired by the beautiful hydrangea flower. Discover the joy of crafting heartfelt gifts and ornaments, while delving into the rich history and enchanting tales of Japan.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Create Auspicious Ornaments: Engage in hands-on crafting to create beautiful and meaningful decorations for each festival.
  • Learn Japanese History and Stories: Immerse yourself in the fascinating history and romantic tales associated with each festival.
  • Master Furoshiki Gift Wrapping: Learn unique wrapping techniques that infuse your gifts with love and cultural significance.
  • Celebrate Together: Join a community of like-minded individuals and celebrate the beauty and tradition of Japanese festivals.

Each workshop offers a perfect blend of cultural education, creative crafting, and the soothing practice of furoshiki wrapping. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or new to the world of Japanese traditions, our workshops provide an enriching and enjoyable experience for all.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to celebrate the Five Seasonal Festivals with us. Reserve your spot now and make each festival truly special with Musubism.

We look forward to celebrating with you and sharing the joy of these beautiful traditions!

Limited seats available—reserve your spot today!

Furoshiki: The Gift that Wraps the Heart

Let's delve into why furoshiki is more than just a wrapping cloth—it's a heartfelt gift that carries profound meaning. We'll also explore the healing effects of using your hands, backed by scientific evidence, and invite you to a fun and enriching workshop.

Why Furoshiki is a Gift that Wraps the Heart

  1. A Personal Touch: Using furoshiki to wrap a gift shows the time and thoughtfulness put into the preparation. It conveys a powerful message of personal involvement and gratitude, unlike simply buying and giving something.

  2. Symbol of Tradition and Culture: Furoshiki embodies the rich traditions of Japanese culture, carrying deep significance. Wrapping a gift in furoshiki shares these cultural values and makes the gift even more special for the recipient.

  3. A Sustainable Gift: Furoshiki is reusable and eco-friendly, promoting a sustainable lifestyle. Choosing environmentally conscious options sends a positive message to the recipient, emphasizing care for our planet.

The Healing Effects of Using Your Hands

  1. Focus and Flow Experience: Engaging in handcrafting activities enhances concentration and induces a flow state, a deep focus that reduces stress and increases happiness. This concept, introduced by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, highlights the joy of being immersed in an activity.

  2. Mindfulness: Using your hands promotes mindfulness, the practice of being present in the moment. Studies show that mindfulness reduces stress and brings mental peace. Wrapping with furoshiki is a simple way to incorporate mindfulness into daily life.

  3. Increased Serotonin Production: Handcrafting stimulates the production of serotonin, the "happiness hormone," in the brain. Serotonin stabilizes mood and promotes relaxation, making hand activities beneficial for mental health.

  4. Tactile Connection: Touch is closely linked to emotions. Handling materials with your hands creates a calming effect, bringing a sense of comfort and tranquility. The soft fabric of furoshiki can evoke feelings of safety and peace.

Research and Examples

Research shows that activities like knitting and crafting reduce stress and improve mental well-being. A 2013 study found that knitters reported decreased stress, increased happiness, and reduced anxiety (Riley, J., et al. (2013). The benefits of knitting for personal and social well-being in adulthood: findings from an international survey. British Journal of Occupational Therapy).

Art therapy also illustrates the stabilizing effect of handcrafting. This therapeutic approach uses creative activities to express emotions and relieve stress and trauma.

Limited seats available—reserve your spot today!