Ohatake (the Ohata Family) in the town of Ichikai-machi once served as a dyer's shop, dating back to the Edo Period (1600–1868) over 15 successive generations of Ohata dyers. However, during the Meiji Period (1868–1912) they shifted their focus, specializing instead on mushae-nobori (banners depicting warriors).
These elegant and stirring banners are the result of techniques passed down since the Edo Period (1600–1868).
During the Tango no Sekku (Boy's Day Festival), people display suh banners in prayer for the health and growth of young boys. Mushae-nobori has been designated by the Tochigi prefectural government as an intangible cultural property.
Hideo (Koun) Ohata
723, Tanobe, Ichikai-machi Haga-gun, Tochigi, 321-3412
The tradition and history of this Ohatake no Mushae-nobori workshop go back 300 years. In addition to our hanging scrolls (for in-house use) depicting warriors, we offer tote bags, small carrying bags and other new products featuring warrior images, all of which have been well-received by customers.