The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

Travel Jan 7, 2017

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

by Stephen Mansfield

Stepping off the bus at the Gakko-iriguchi stop in Higashi-Chichibu Village in Saitama Prefecture, the first things to strike the eye are high-flying clusters of balloons, suspended like colorful dirigibles. Here, the workshops and exhibition spaces of Washi-no-Sato, a well-known papermaking center tucked into the ...

Woman makes her mark in papercraft

National Nov 28, 2013

Woman makes her mark in papercraft

by Wang Yexing

Yuko Narumi, a 21-year-old woman who once dreamed of becoming an illustrator, has abandoned the pencil and plunged into the ancient craft of making paper by hand. Narumi works at the Tenjin paper mill in her hometown of Uchiko in Ehime Prefecture, providing new blood ...