Kaga Mizuhiki: Elaborate Works of Art Created from Paper Strings
The staircase landing at Hana Akari is decorated with Kaga Mizuhiki, a rare traditional craft product from the region, in which decorative paper strings are used to create beautiful shapes. The craft is a refinement of traditional Japanese gift-giving: beautiful wrapping paper with the occasion (and sometimes the giver’s name) neatly written on it in brush calligraphy, with mizuhiki strings then tied around the gift into a decorative knot. Over time, these elaborate techniques used for each element of gift-giving were combined, as a symbol of the luxurious wealth and culture of the Kaga Domain. These tightly tied strings were said to represent the ties that bind people together, especially for long-term relationships like marriage.
Even today, Kaga Mizuhiki makes the perfect way to show how much you care when giving gifts — at Hana Akari, we use Kaga Mizuhiki decorations as our way of letting guests know how much they mean to us.