Yuttari Ottari no Mori
Shitsurai is a Japanese art of bringing seasons into everyday life. This art has been practiced in Japan for thousands of years. With every rhythm of season and life, the Japanese people have celebrated with shitsurai by mindfully arranging vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers and other symbolic tools and objects.
Yuttari ottari no mori means “tying and weaving of the forest,” and it is the figurative name we use for the activity of binding ourselves through time to our family past and future by bonds of the living forest.
Shitsurai is a way for children and adults to come together and practice Yuttari ottari no mori. Shitsurai provides a framework of ritual and vocabulary which adds meaning and beauty to an encounter with the natural world. The practice of doing shitsurai by hand forms strong sensory memories in childhood which can become part of the lifetime foundation of the child’s sentimental relationship with nature and Japanese culture.