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by Keiko Miki November 06, 2019 2 min read

Giving gifts to your beloved family, friends, partners or clients on various occasions such as their birthday, wedding and anniversary is very important for making better relationships or building stronger bonds. Frequent gift senders might think it’d be great if a happy surprise can be added to their gifts with awesome wrapping.

We would like to show you an awesome gift wrapping technique with “Furoshiki”.

What is "Furoshiki"?

What is

Japanese Furoshiki has a long history. Its origin, though not clear, dates back to even before 1300s. Furoshiki is a cloth shaped nearly square and used for multi purposes. The size and design are rich in variety. Also, material, texture and manufacturing process are all different! Not only for gift wrapping on weddings and seasonal greetings, it can be used for carrying your belongings or lunch boxes. Carrying Japanese traditional New Year dishes or Sake is one of the typical examples.

Unlike its old designs which combine arabesque pattern and family crest emblem, more modern and global designs are increasing these days.

Why is Furoshiki Wrapping Good?

Why is Furoshiki Wrapping Good?

It only takes 2 seconds for us to get a first impression of someone or something they see. In other words, the first impression is very important. So are gifts!

The biggest advantage of Furoshiki wrapping is that recipients will get a much better first impression. Which do you think will make them happier – A gift wrapped in ordinary paper wrapping or one in warm-looking fancy Furoshiki wrapping? What if you get such a gift? You must feel it’s so special.

Lunch Box Furoshiki Wrapping

Lunch Box Furoshiki Wrapping

There are various ways of Furoshiki wrapping such as “Simple Folding Wrapping (Hira Zutsumi)”, "Ribbon Wrappig (Otsukai Zutsumi)“ and "Knot Hiding Wrapping (Kakushi Zutsumi). Among those, “Lunch Box Wrapping” is the most basic technique that anyone can learn easily.

Step 1

Place the Furoshiki face down and put the gift box in the middle at an angle.

Place the Furoshiki face down and put the gift box in the middle at an angle.

Step 2

Hold the corner in the front, pull it over the box and tuck it in underneath.

Hold the corner in the front, pull it over the box and tuck it in underneath.

Step 3

Pull the other side corner over the box and tuck it in underneath.

Pull the other side corner over the box and tuck it in underneath.

Step 4

Cross the right side and left side edges and tie them up once.

Cross the right side and left side edges and tie them up once.

Step 5

Then, pull the lower edge over the upper one and tie them tight again.

Then, pull the lower edge over the upper one and tie them tight again. (This way of knotting is called “Mamusubi”, “Katamusubi” or “Honmusubi” in Japanese”.)

Here are some tips:

1. Be aware of symmetric balance.

2. Wrap tightly and try not to let Furoshiki loose. 

Let’s make the only one gift in the world with your favorite Furoshiki!

Keiko Miki
Keiko Miki



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