How to tie tsunodashi

How to tie tsunodashi

The next step is tying obi.

This time I’m going to show you how to tie tsunodashi without obimakura, a pad for obi.

It is very casual and relatively easy to tie.

You can do it!


Things necessary

  1. Nagoya obi
  2. Obijime cord
  3. Obiage cloth
  4. Obi-ita board
  5. Himo (karihimo)
  6. Gauze  (30 cm × length of your opened arms)
  7. Elastic rubber band

As shown in the picture below, put the obiage and the gauze string together with a rubber band.

obiage and gauze string


Tie obi

Wrap obi and tighten it

put "obi" on the shoulder

1. Take the half-width part called te and put it on your shoulder. The folded edge called wa is facing outward.


wrap "obi" once

2. Wrap obi once.

In a narrow space, it is easier to turn yourself rather than to wrap obi.


"yanoha" take the diagonal part

3. Take the diagonal part (white star).


draw the diagonal part

4. Draw it (white star) to the bottom line called obishita-sen (yellow star) and pull the right hand obi forward.

This action is called “yanoha wo hiku” that means “draw a bow”.


place "obiita"

5. Place obiita between the first and second turn.


Wrap "obi" again

6. Wrap obi again along the first turn and tighten it.


Make a knot by folding

hold the folded edge

7. Take te off and hold the folded edge.


Slide it to the right

8. Slide it to the right beyond the back center.


Slide the left hand

9. Slide the left hand down to the bottom line.


Slide "obi" and the left hand

10. Slide te to the left a little.


keeping the left hand in place

11. While hold the left hand there, tighten the right hand obi.


fold the crossed part up to make a fake knot

12. Te and tare were crossed. Place your right hand under the cross part while holding your left hand in place. Then fold it up as following the dotted line.


13. View after folding up. Now you have a knot.


take "karihimo"

14. Take the center of karihimo.

You may switch to your dominant hand.


Hold the folded knot

15. Pass it to the other hand. Secure the folded knot with it.


Tie it firmly on the obi.

16. Tie it firmly on obi.


Tuck te at the front

check "tesaki" position

17. Pull te firmly and bring it to the front. Is the end of the half width part called tesaki on your bust top? That’s the ideal position!

If it is longer, turn it to the opposite side.
If it is short. no problem. Continue as it is.


Fold it in half

18. Fold it in half from your side.


Tuck it at the front

19. Tuck it at the front.


Make otaiko : upper line

open "taremoto"

20. Open taremoto close to the knot and fold into a triangle.

It is important to open neatly to make a beautiful otaiko.


Fold up "tare"

21. Fold up the rest of tare as following your hands.


ake the center of "obiage" and gauze string

22. Hold the upper line in place and take the center of obiage and gauze string.

Is there taresaki,  the end of the hanging obi behind your knees? That’s ideal length to make otaiko.


Put "obiage" and the gauze string inside

23. Put obiage and the gauze string inside tare and pass them to the other hand.


Bring it to the front

24. Bring it to the front.


move it up

25. Hold the gauze string only. Move it up and…


down to fit the strings

26. …down to fit the strings and the upper line of the obi firmly on your back.


Tie the gauze string aside

27. Tie the gauze string aside and pull it forward at the center front.


Put the knot deeply

28. Put the knot deeply between obi and datejime.

This action creates some space in front of you, making it easier to breathe. Moreover, obiage and the string get stuck to your back.


Tie "obiage" temporarily

29. Tie obiage temporarily so as not to bother you, and take away karihimo.


Make otaiko : bottom line

take "obijime"

30. Take the center of obijime.


Hold "obijjime" and "obi" together

31. Hold obijjime and obi together. The holding position is about 10 cm below the bottom line of obi.

Straighten the fabric grain, so you’ll get a smooth line.


Tuck the rest of "tare" inside.

32. Tuck the rest of tare inside.


Leave "tare"

33. Leave tare or a tail about 10 cm.


slide up both hands

34. While holding obi and obijime, slide up both hands to 1/3 from the bottom line.


Tie obijime

tie "obijime"

35. Tie obijime into hon-musubi knot. Please refer to the video below.


Put te inside otaiko

take "te" off and unfold the side

36. After tying obijime, take te off and unfold the side.


View of the back

37.  View of the back.


Fold back "te"

38. Fold back te and put it right under otaiko layer.


"te" is shown from both sides of "otaiko"

36. This is the standard tsunodashi. Basically te is shown from both sides of otaiko about 5 cm.


inside "otaiko"

37. View of the side.


Tie obiage

Tie "obiage"

38. Tie obiage into hon-musubi. Please refer to the video below.



Go on.

center the knots and cross points

39. Let’s check all. Especially check that the intersection of  haneriobiage and obijime knots are aligned at the front center.


view of the back

40. View of the back. Basically, set taresaki, the end of tare on the highest line of your butt.

Okay, you did it! Let’s go out!