Skin deep: Japan's <i>washi</i> paper torn by modern life

Lifestyle Jun 25, 2019

Skin deep: Japan's washi paper torn by modern life

by Natsuko Fukue

Once an indispensable part of daily life in Japan, ultra-thin washi paper was used for everything from writing and painting to lampshades, umbrellas and sliding doors, but demand has plunged as lifestyles have become more Westernized. Despite its 1,300-year history and UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage ...

Leiji Matsumoto surfs the floating world

Art Apr 2, 2017

Leiji Matsumoto surfs the floating world

by Tim Hornyak

The work of manga artist Leiji Matsumoto mixes historical periods, themes and technologies, often in a science-fiction setting: His signature comics involve steam locomotives and reborn World War II battleships sailing among the stars. These grand flights of fancy, which have found fans around ...

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 ...