Make a paper vol.1

A piece of paper is filled all with the land story and the craftsmen's life.

Washi, traditional Japanese paper, is made from plants, which are harvested there, water, light, and wind. Washi is, as it were, like the representation of the climate of its land.

Unlike tearing the plant’s fibers and finishing a paper while keeping water in the frame, Washi is made up while pouring water into it and gradually finishing it into high purity and a transparent paper. Rather than plants, it is an ultimate high transparency piece of paper as if water accumulates. This paper’s manufacturing method cannot work without Japanese water. Japanese water is very soft water compared to water with high hardness. This soft and clean water is the reason why Washi was produced under its unique manufacturing method.

Each made paper is put on a board, gives a lot of sunlight, and then gently dried by the wind blowing on its location. Gaining in the sunlight makes paper’s transparency high and increase whiteness. It is said that its transparency and whiteness gradually increase during the extremely cold winter season. The natural wind makes paper finish with a softer texture. The natural rich climate produces the paper with unique luster and texture.

Furthermore, Washi has been created as more aesthetic products by continuing craftsmen’s wisdom and ingenuity, which perfectly calculated the climate, materials, methods, seasons, and time. This is Washi and its world and its story.

A piece of paper is filled all with the land story and the craftsmen’s life.

  • PhotosYoshiyuki Mori
  • WordsAtsuko Ogawa
  • DesignNoriaki Hosaka
  • Translation Mina Ishikawa