Models strut in 'washi' garments to celebrate UNESCO listing

National Feb 12, 2015

Models strut in 'washi' garments to celebrate UNESCO listing

A town in Saitama Prefecture known for its "washi" industry has held a fashion show featuring garments made from the traditional handmade paper to celebrate its addition to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List last November. The show Wednesday in the town of Ogawa, co-organized with ...

Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail

Travel Jul 5, 2014

Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail

by Mark Brazil

At a little roadside store in rural Nagano, a foreign tourist is miming a rice bowl with her cupped left hand. Firm in the belief that Japanese washi (paper — wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper) was made from rice, she waves her ...

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 ...