Takubo Straw amulet ornament "En-musubi"
A decoration thanking and wishing “En” in Japanese which is the connection with people and good relationships. It represents the historic Agemaki knot. The Agemaki is made by crossing two simple loops then tying them together beautifully. This simple knot harbors the power of the Japanese people who have valued “ties” in their culture from ancient times. The red color is also often used for wishing a good relationship and a good connection.
Warazaiku, straw amulets, made from rice straw by the Japanese Kai family, who have been growing and braiding rice straw into traditional objects of good fortune for generations. Based in the township of Takachiho, Miyazaki prefecture, an old, sacred ground, sometimes called a “mythic village”, each Warazaiku shape and knot type offers a different story, from guarding against evil to bearing good luck.