Japanese hand-made paper soon going on Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
After Kaiseki-ryōri, traditional Japanese hand-made paper and its technology have been also shortlisted by a UNESCO preliminary review panel for inclusion on its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. (register in November)
What's Japanese hand-made paper?
Basic washoku manners
The paper products shortlisted for registration are “Sekishubanshi” from Shimance Prefecture, “Honminoshi” from Gifu Prefecture and “Hosokawashi” from Saitama Prefecture. The raw material is all made from “Kazinoki Papermulberry” and already has more than 1300 years history, therefore the paper has marvellous strength which is not easy to get soak. Hence, it also used for maintaining cultural or historical relics worldwide.
Washi also used for parts of lightening and architecture. For example, room divider in traditional Japanese homes is made by washi and the lightening has more securely and warm look by using washi. Eriko Hiroki is one of a famous artist who creats artwork by using washi in order to produce theme as “Creation of WASHI paper artwork appeared lively in the architechtural space.”
“Eriko Hiroki Exhibition - SUNLIGHT”
“Eriko Hiroki – Prayer 1 – May all be blessed by sound sleep and new life”
There are also other artists, designers who uses Japanese paper for their artworks overseas. For example, the Dutch painter ,Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, who used Japanese paper for his work has high reputation in 17th century, so many artists go and purchase Japanese paper. Pablo Ruiz Picasso and Salvador Dalí also used Japanese paper for their artwork. Nowadays, more and more international artists came to Japan specially purchase the Japanese hand-made paper.
There are Japanese hand-made paper available is many shops, we would like to introduce you some specialized washi shops shown as following:
日本橋 はいばら - Haibara
Established more than 200 years and retailer in Japanese hand-made paper.
Address: 2F, 2-8-11 Nohonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
小津和紙 – Ozu Washi
Established 360th anniversity historial shop.
Address: 3-6-2 Nihonbashi-Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
鐮倉四葩 和紙よひら- Yohira
Wahi made decoration and goods available.
Address: 1-15-20 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.
紙舘 島勇 – Kamiyakata Shimayuu
Colourful Japanese paper with coloured figures, and washi specialized shop.
Address: 2-4-25 Ote, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.