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The Floral Sake Container Cover
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Floral Sake Container Cover. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

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The first evidence of this design that I know of is found in pictures in the 'Onna Chohoki' (Women's Treasury) which was first published in Japan in 1692. The design can be seen more clearly in the corresponding pictures from the 1847 edition.

1692 original

1847 edition

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A folded example of a Floral Sake Container Cover can be seen on page 19 of the Origata Tehon of Kikuchi Fujiwara no Takehide which dates to the third month of 1697.

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Instructions for making the design appear in the 'Hoketsuki' (Wrapping and Tying), sometimes also called the 'Tsutsumi-no Ki', a treatise on the folding of formal wrappers / tsutsumi, butterflies and packages and the tying of formal knots in the tradition of the Ogasawara school of etiquette, by Sadatake Ise, which was first published in 1764.

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The design is also found in Isao Honda's book 'Nihon no kokoro dento origami' (Japanese Heart traditional Origami) which was published in 1968.

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