Washi Tour 2012: Echizen 3

At the end of our first day, Joanna and I went to Osada-san and Oki-san’s mill.

First stop: Osada-san’s company is a long-running fusuma (sliding doors) paper manufacturer. However, due to the recent decrease in demand for fusuma papers, Osada-san has started working on creating new and innovative items using his papers, such as lamp shades, fans and bags.

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Washi Tour 2012: Echizen Washi 2

Our next stop in Fukui was to visit National Living Treasure, Mr. Ichibei Iwano.

The ninth generation in his family, Mr. Iwano is the maker of the Kizuki Hosho, a high quality 100% Japanese Kozo paper, now mainly used for woodblock printing or calligraphy. His papermaking processes are done by hand, with help from his wife and son. In his late-seventies, Mr. Iwano still takes time to do chiritori, with his own hands, to make sure all or most impurities do not show up on his finished papers.

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Echizen Washi in Tokyo

When Joanna and I visited Fukui back in May, we were lucky enough to see Mr. Sugihara and his staff inspect one of their washi pieces that was to be shipped out to Tokyo that day.

The three long pieces were made to resemble a “bee hive” with the multiple holes in various sizes throughout.

The three large sheets were then formed into a cylinder shape, to create one enormous lamp shade at Ginza Phoenix Plaza in Tokyo:

More pictures can be seen here: http://www.washiya.com/b2b/ipec21/sh/sample2/268/index.htm


Washi Tour 2012: Echizen Washi

Iwano Papers

On Day 2 of our trip, Mr. Sugihara took us to various papermakers in the village. The first stop was Heizaburou Iwano’s mill, where our Iwano papers are made.

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Washi Tour 2012: Mino

On our first day of our Washi Tour, Joanna and I visited Mr. Hasegawa in Mino City, Gifu Prefecture.

Mr. Hasegawa first showed us the beautiful sites of Mino City, like the Itadori River, which is a key factor in Mino papermaking.
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