Every year around May 3rd, a grand Washi Festival takes place in Okamoto, the oldest washi producing location in Japan.
This traditional festival has taken place for over 1200 years!
For 3 days, locals and visitors from around the country gather at Otaki Shrine in Okamoto and celebrate the gift of washi from Kawakami Gozen (‘God of washi’).
Mr. Sugihara was kind enough to send me pictures of what the festival looked like this year.
Unfortunately, the first 2 days of the festival were struck by rough weather, but the 3rd and final day was miraculously saved.
For more information and pictures from past festivals, click here.