The introduction of the Artist vol.15 Ms. Aogiku

The famous Tsumami-zaiku artist will talk about their thoughts about Tsumami-zaiku.


2017 – Started working on Tsumami-zaiku
2018 – Applied a trademark for “Tsumami-mon”, which expresses family crests with Tsumami-zaiku. Started online sales and custom orders.
2019 – Registered trademark for “Tsumami-mon”. Released “Ichirin” Kanzashi (hairpin) with a motif of Japanese sweets.
2020 – Put up items for Yahoo auction. Started selling recipes for Tsumami-zaiku


Q1. How did you start working on Tsumami-zaiku? (Or did you get involved?)

Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by Japanese culture, and I was drawn to the design of craftwork such as family crests, kimonos, Japanese sweets, lacquer ware and Japanese paper. By chance, I found out about Tsumami-zaiku through a magazine and was drawn to it as well, and soon afterwards I started to create my own designs.

Q2. What are your commitments to your work and what do you care about?

I am particular about delicate and precise production. I’m always looking for a way to express myself in my own unique way, placing importance on each step of the production process so that I can reproduce the images that come to mind.

Q3. What is the attractiveness of Tsumami-zaiku for you?

In spite of the simple process of pinching and folding the cloth, the greatest appeal is the diversity of the artwork and expression that can be produced.I believe that the tsumami-zaiku flowers, with their neatly arranged petals, have a unique beauty not found in the natural world.

Q4. What do you think about the future possibilities of Tsumami-zaiku?

Nowadays, not only hair ornaments, but also interiors and accessories are being developed in a wide range of genres, and I think the potential of tsumami-zaiku is still unknown. I believe that tsumami-zaiku will continue to develop in the new era while carrying on the tradition in various ways.

Q5. What do you want to make in the future?

I have been making “Tsumami-mon” with a motif of family crests using tsumami-zaiku, but there are so many different kinds of family crests that I would like to challenge in the future. Also, I would like to pursue a unique work with the beauty of tsumami-zaiku with my own unique expression.

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