Video:  Otoko-musu Japanese Knot

Video: Otoko-musu Japanese Knot

Special knots are used for bamboo fencing, training trees, and for decoration. Here is a short video demonstrating a simple knot called “Otoko musu.” For the demonstration, the usual black palm rope is replaced with white cord to make it easier to follow the ties. The videos are taken at Otsuka Bamboo Company in Kyoto, Japan. Several other knots are simply variations of this knot.

Kumamoto En  熊本園

Kumamoto En 熊本園

The Kumamoto En Japanese Garden is part of the Sister City relationship between Kumamoto City, Japan and San Antonio, Texas. It was constructed between March and April of 1989 by a team of carefully selected volunteer craftsmen and landscapers from Kumamoto, Kyoto, Tokyo, and San Antonio. This team included craftsmen from Yasuimoku Koumuten in Kyoto. The garden is patterned after the famous 300 year old Suizenji Park 水前寺 in Kumamoto and contains many of the same elements. These plaques in English and Japanese stand at the entrance to the Kumamoto En (pictured below).

Daimyo Fence 大名竹垣

Daimyo Fence 大名竹垣

Bamboo fencing is a valuable element in Japanese gardening. It is a way to create a special space while adding beauty at the same time. In this installment, we demonstrate how to build the Daimyo, or Shogun style fence. The photos are taken at Otsuka Bamboo in Kyoto,...
Kennin-ji Fence  建仁寺垣

Kennin-ji Fence 建仁寺垣

This fence uses vertical slats of bamboo held over a wooden frame with horizontal split corms tied with palm rope. It is also capped with three half-culms to protect from rain. This style of fence can be either one-sided or two-sided. It sometimes employs ornately...
Katsura Fence  桂垣

Katsura Fence 桂垣

Bamboo fencing is a valuable element in Japanese gardening. It is a way to create a special space while adding beauty at the same time. We will start with a well-known style from the famous Katsura Detached Palace in Kyoto. The photos are taken at Otsuka Bamboo in...
Yotsume Fence  四目垣  四つ目垣

Yotsume Fence 四目垣 四つ目垣

The Yotsume-gaki 四目垣 is a well-known style and one of the easiest to build. This is a great fence to learn a little about cutting, drilling and tieing bamboo. The photos are taken at Otsuka Bamboo in Kyoto, Japan. For a demonstration of Japanese fence knot, see Otoko...
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