How to tie obijime and obiage

How to tie obijime and obiage

Obijime is a decorative cord to hold obi in place. By firmly tying, obi shape is fixed.

Obijime has two types, such as round and flat. The flat type has two sides. So please be careful not to be upside down when you tie it.

Obiage is a decorative long piece of cloth supporting the shape of otaiko on the back by covering the pad called obimakura.

The knot I share you is the most basic one called hon-musubi.

At first, please watch the video, how to tie obijime.


Tie obijime into hon-musubi

put "obijime" into "otaiko"

38. Take the center of obijime and put it between  otaiko layer and te.


hold booth ends equally

39. Hold both ends equally.


cross and hold the ends

40. Cross them with the left side up and hold them pulling forward firmly.


Tie it once firmly

41. Tie it once firmly.


repeat "stretching and tightening"

42. Hold the ends very near the knot, and repeat stretching and tightening a few times because it is very stretchable.


Hold the knot firmly with your little finger

43. Hold the knot firmly with your little finger so as not to loosen it. Turn your right hand to the left. Then put the right end up and the left end down.


Twist the left end

44. Twist the left end around the right end once.


carefully tighten it.

45. Hold the first knot with any fingers so that it does not come loose, and carefully tighten it.


Tighten more

46. Tighten more.

Tighten it thinking “Never loosen!”.
The vertical line of the knot is on the left.


Tuck the ends in

47. With both tassels facing up, tuck the ends closer to otaiko.


Set the "obijime" in the middle

48. Set the obijime in the middle of obi.

The basic position of obijme is in the middle. You can lower it, if you want to show dou-gara, a front pattern well.


Take the "karihimo" away

49. Finished. Take the karihimo away.


Tie obiage into hon-musubi

The next step is how to tie obiage.  Please watch the video.


How was it? Let’s take a look at the details.

unfold the right part first

50. Untie obiage and unfold the right part first.

Please be sure to unfold it to the side.


Open it with the front side facing up

51. Open the right part with the front side up.


Fold it in 1/3

52. Fold it in 1/3  using your palm.


Fold it in half sliding the fingers

53. Fold it in half sliding the fingers. It’s just like drawing a line with the fingers. A width of 4-5 cm is good.


Pull the right part

54. Pull the right part.


55. Rest it along the upper line of obi.  Then, do the same thing for the left part.


Hold both parts

56. Hold both parts and pull them forward once.


Cross both parts

57. Cross both parts with the left side up. Firmly hold the intersection while pulling them forward.

Always pull obiage forward not to get loose. It is called “waki wo shimeru” in Japanese.


Make a knot

58. Make a knot.


Rotate it 45 degrees

59. Rotate it 45 degrees clockwise.


Straighten the fold

60. Straighten the fold and put it on your right hand.


Make a loop

61. Make a loop with the right part.


pass it through the loop.

62. Pick up the left part with the right fingers and pass it through the loop.


Pull it out

63. Pull it out while supporting the loop with the index finger.

By supporting the loop, you can keep the shape of the knot neat.


Make a loose knot

64. Make a loose knot. Don’t tie it firmly.


Fold the knot half

65. Fold the knot half and put it between obi and datejime, and get a beautiful line.


Put the right part in

66. Put the right part in.


Slide it aside

67. Slide it aside along the upper line. Do the same thing for the left part.


aligned in the center front line

68. Make sure that the cross point of haneri, obiage and obijime knots are aligned in the center front line.



69. Finished!


You did it!

70. You did it!

Put on zouri and go out!