The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

March 2020

WASHI: STRENGTH, BEAUTY & ENDLESS POTENTIAL

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  • THEME FOR APRILWASHI: STRENGTH, BEAUTY & ENDLESS POTENTIAL

    The oldest examples of Japanese handmade paper, or washi, were made in 702 and are preserved in the Shosoin repository in Nara Prefecture. Being made from natural fibers and chemical free, washi is not only strong and long lasting, but also flexible, intrinsically beautiful, even translucent. For these reasons and more, washi paper continues to find use in an everexpanding range of products and applications.

FEATURES

  • Washi: Tradition and New Possibilities

    An interview with Sugihara Yoshinao, president of a longstanding manufacturer of revered Echizen Washi paper.

  • Sekishu-banshi: Supporting Culture and Art

    A superior type of handmade paper from Shimane Prefecture plays an important role supporting culture and art.

  • Showing Thoughtfulness with Paper Cords

    The tradition of making mizuhiki decorative paper cords is still going strong in Iida City, Nagano Prefecture.

  • Expanding the Potential of Design with Paper

    Innovative paper products made at a Tokyo workshop continue to capture the imagination of people around the world.

  • Eco-friendly Bedding Fit for Athletes

    Recyclable beds and bedding offering superior sleep comfort will be provided to the Athletes’ Village at Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Any Requests? The Art of Cutting Paper

    Introducing Hayashiya Imamaru, a kamikiri paper-cutting artist with a career spanning some sixty years.

  • Giant Kites Battle On with Local Energy

    In Niigata City, two neighboring communities do battle once a year using giant handmade paper kites.

  • Teabags that Swim in your Cup

    Teabags in the shape of animals and fish are all the rage as novelty gifts.

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