• SHARE

Since the introduction of papermaking techniques from continental Asia in the early seventh century, Japan has developed its own unique paper culture.

This unassuming material is deeply rooted in many aspects of Japanese life, as demonstrated by the enduring popularity of shoji and fusuma — two types of sliding door made light and easy to handle, as well as decorative, by the use of paper. But washi, the traditional paper of Japan, is much more than a versatile resource. It is also intimately associated with celebration.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)