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Mizuhiki Yoakari Cafe – Dreamy night-time cafe

Mizuhiki are decorations used on gifts and envelops for both celebratory occasions and bereavement. Recently, mizuhiki are increasingly used in accessories and interior decor, but their essential function is to mediate communication by giving form to one's feelings toward those they care. One of the traditional crafts of Kanazawa is the Kaga-mizuhiki created by Soukichi Tsuda, the founder of Tsuda Mizuhiki Orikata, which subsequently spread to the rest of Japan. Originally starting with a flat design, it expresses feelings for the other person through plumpness of Japanese paper foldings or a three-dimensional mizuhiki knot. The spirit of this craft has been inherited by the company’s present owner, who continues to preserve it by popularizing it in a form suited to the needs of modern life, the "Familiar Mizuhiki Orikata" that is a part of our modern life while remaining steeped in tradition.


1OMO Cafe decorated with mizuhiki

During the night, our OMO Cafe will be transformed into a space illuminated by mizuhiki. The decorations feature designs that incorporate traditional awaji knots used for mizuhiki as well as the three-dimensional form unique to Kaga-mizuhiki. Carefully crafted mizuhiki in the shape (or knot of) pine, bamboo, and plum will be suspended from the ceiling, where its shadows are beautifully cast whilst lanterns with designs featuring a series of awaji knots will be set up on the tabletop to give the impression of flickering light. Lanterns will also be set up on the floor to cast shadows of the mizuhiki on the ground and on the lower sections of the walls. A calm and serene night time atmosphere will be created as the entire OMO Cafe space is decorated with mizuhiki.

2"Mizuhiki OMOnaka," a Japanese confectionery created in collaboration with a local store

Kanazawa ranks first in Japan in terms of annual household expenditures on confectioneries. This is believed to have been due to the development of tea ceremony culture during the Edo period and the spread of wagashi (Japanese confectionery) production among local residents in the prefecture. There are also many local stores in the neighborhood of our hotel that are essential for anyone looking for desserts, such as long-established wagashi stores, and tea stores that are loved by the people of Kanazawa for many generations. In light of this, we created an original dessert for guests to get a taste of what our neighborhood has to offer.

Okegawa Sumiyoshi Shoten has supplied us with red and white monaka wafers with a mizuhiki pattern, which we have filled with various kinds of filling. Our red monaka features a combination of white chocolate yokan (red bean jelly), whipped cream with red bean paste, and seasonal fruits. This was a collaborative effort by Sakakobo Taro, an innovative wagashi store and Horita, a long-established grocery store that sells local fruits and vegetables. Our white monaka features Kagabocha® (certified roasted green tea stems of the Kaga region, Ishikawa Prefecture) ice cream specially prepared by Nodaya Chaten, a long-established tea store founded in 1859, in combination with nuts, orange peel, and puréed Gorojima Kintoki sweet potato, a traditional Kaga vegetable. For the garnish, we used the edible gold foil of Hakuichi, the first company in Japan to have created Kanazawa foil goods, to give the monaka a gorgeous finish. Furthermore, Japanese black tea from Nodaya Chaten is served alongside the Mizuhiki OMOnaka. This tea is unique for its natural sweetness and little bitterness making it a perfect match with the monaka.

Time: 7:00 to 11:00 pm
Price: 1,000 JPY per set
Price includes: 1 Mizuhiki OMOnaka (red or white), a cup of Japanese black tea (hot or cold)
Available to hotel guests and day visitors

3Make your own cutlery rest with mizuhiki and use it at the cafe!

This activity is supervised by Kaga-mizuhiki Tsuda Mizuhiki Orikata where participants can understand the three-dimensional nature of Kaga-mizuhiki. Although it is often considered difficult to tie mizuhiki knots, the method demonstrated in this activity is simple as participants simply choose a mizuhiki of their favorite color and tie it at their preferred position. The cutlery rest is larger in size than most chopstick rests, allowing it to be used for not only for chopsticks but also forks and spoons. The finished product will be placed in a box with OMO’s original logo for the participant to bring home as a memento of their trip and can also be used as it is with sweets from our OMO Cafe. Tools made for use in our everyday life can be elevated into a form of craftsmanship.

Price: 700 JPY per set
Available to hotel guests and day visitors

All year
7:00 to 11:00 pm
1F OMO Cafe