Next in Kochi, we visited the Hamada family home and studio, where handmade Tengucho is produced. Our World of Washi newsletter article on the family and Handmade Tengucho can be read here. After seeing so many photos of the famous Hamada family and their Tengucho making techniques, it was definitely a surreal moment to be in the small studio watching it live in front of me. It was like the group felt the moment as well, all of us silently snapping away, trying to capture Hironao’s quick, mechanical movements (it wasn’t easy, and we could have probably stayed all day taking photos until he was finished!)
In a week, 4 days goes to papermaking. For the rest of the week, ingredients and materials are prepared. In one day, Hironao can make 250-300 sheets.
The family dog watches over the group intently, thanks for letting us visit!
Coming up next: Kashiki Paper Mill & Kochi Paper Technology Center