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Washi Paper Making with an Artisan in Mino, Gifu Prefecture

By Voyagin

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3h
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Multiple languages

Highlights

  • Learn how to make traditional Japanese paper

  • Visit the studio of a Mino-washi artisan

  • Tour a historic washi manufacturing district

  • Learn the deep history of this Japanese art

  • Traditional Japanese paper—the old-fashioned way!

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What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Materials

  • What's included

    Instruction

  • What's included

    Pick-up from Minoshi station (up to 3 people)

  • What's excluded

    Lunch

Know Before You Book

  • Participants must be aged 5 or older.

  • Pick-up is included for up to 3 people with small-sized luggage. For groups of 4–6 or guests carrying large suitcases, please take a taxi from Minoshi Station (15-minute drive).

  • Your host will teach you with basic English, supported by additional teaching aids in the workshop.

What you can expect

Making traditional Japanese paper, or washi, is practised in just three towns in Japan—of which Mino City stands out above all.

Washi is designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, while Mino washi itself is further designated as a Traditional Craft by Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry, thanks to the vital role it has played in Japanese culture and history.

For a truly authentic experience making Mino washi by hand, using carefully preserved traditional methods, please join this unique and personal tour in Mino City. Visit a historical washi-making district and the Terada Washi Studio!

Your host will be Terada-san herself, a professional Mino washi artist who moved from her home in Kanagawa (near Tokyo) to this centre of Japanese papermaking, to properly pursue her passion for Japanese crafts.

Experienced in showing international visitors the beauty of washi, Terada-san will take you through the process of creating this unique (and nationally significant) kind of paper, mentor you in the process of making your own washi item, and take you around the Warabi washi-making district to learn more about this fascinating side of Japan.

The Warabi district used to be a true centre of washi manufacturing, and most of the houses in this area were previously involved in the paper-making industry that supported the entire region. Each washi studio has its own style, and Terada-san specialises in Shoji paper (paper for sliding doors) as her teacher before her.

Mino City is a historic manufacturing town in Gifu Prefecture with a 1,300-year heritage in handmade paper. Although the number of workshops now has dwindled significantly since their hey-day, the craftspeople of Mino City continue working with the traditional tools, and they say they still do 90 % of the process in the same way it always has been done.

Fan or Mask-Making
10:30 – Pick-up from Minoshi Station
11:00 – Learn about washi making from an artisan
11:30 – Make an ‘uchiwa’ fan or a ‘kitsune’ mask
12:30 – Washi district walk
13:00 – Receive your finished craftwork
13:30 – Drop-off at Minoshi Station

Traditional Washi and Fan-Making
10:30 – Pick-up from Minoshi Station
11:00 – Learn about washi making, Washi District walk
12:00 – Washi making
12:30 – Make an ‘uchiwa’ fan
13:00 – Receive your finished craftwork
13:30 – Drop-off at Minoshi Station

Location

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Activity Location

  • Terada Washi Studio
  • Hirookacho
  • Mino Gifu 501-3732

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Minoshi Station
    • Hirookacho
    • Mino Gifu 501-3732

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