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美濃手漉き和紙職人 倉田真 Mino Hand-Made Washi Artisan,Kurata Makoto
美濃手漉き和紙職人 倉田真 Mino Hand-Made Washi Artisan, Kurata Makoto
美濃手漉き和紙職人 家田美奈子 Mino Hand-Made Washi Artisan, Ieda Minako
美濃手漉き和紙職人 家田美奈子 Mino Hand-Made Washi Artisan, Ieda Minako
美濃手漉き和紙工房 Corsoyard Mino Handmade Washi Studio,“Corsoyard”
美濃手漉き和紙工房 Corsoyard Mino Handmade Washi Studio,“Corsoyard”
美濃手漉き和紙工房 保木工房 Mino Hand-Made Paper Manufacturer, Atelier Hoki
美濃手漉き和紙工房 保木工房 Mino Hand-Made Paper Manufacturer, Atelier Hoki

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Mino Hand-Made Washi, Japanese Paper Specialty Store, Kami-no-Shigoto

Mino Hand-Made Washi, Japanese Paper Specialty Store,Kami-no-Shigoto

2249, Aioicho, Mino City, 501-3723, JAPAN
tel/fax 0575-33-0621
Open For Business; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Closed; Monday to Thursday (open on public holidays)
Business Hours; 10am – 5pm (subject to change)

CONCEPT

Japanese Washi paper was once an integral part of Japanese life. It was used for umbrellas, for lighting as paper lanterns, for covering the sliding doors in Japanese homes, and even in the modern world as coffee filters. Much of Japan’s culture was built around and based on the use of Washi. Unfortunately, in many instances, the quality paper has been replaced by other cheaper materials.

1,300 years of cultivated Japanese Washi paper tradition is being reconsidered and redesigned as we strive to create products that can be enjoyed by all as familiar, modern life materials, made by the traditional Mino Washi (Gifu Prefecture made Washi)craftsmen, and produced under the “Kami-no-Shigoto” moniker. Our goal is to connect Japanese Washi paper with the new generation to create a sustainable society.

What Materials Are used For Kami-no-Shigoto’s Mino Washi?

Mizu Uchiwa, Water Fan

Mizu Uchiwa, or Water Fans, evolved from Gifu Prefecture’s rich river culture. They boast a waterlike transparent beauty, and cool you via evaporation having been dipped in cold water. At Kami-no-Shigoto, we begin product development with Japanese Washi paper. The Washi paper used for Mizu Uchiwa, for example, is produced by two of Mino’s finest craftsmen, Kenji Sawaki and Makoto Kurata, who are skilled at making ultra-thin ganpi-shi Washi paper. These two craftsmen can produce the thinnest of Japanese paper, while retaining practical strength in order to create the beautiful transparency imperative for water fans.

Go-shuin-Cho, Red Seal Book

The Go-shuin-Cho, or Red Seal Book, is a special booklet in which to collect special red seal stamps from Japanese shrines and temples as a visit memorial or as a lucky charm. The concertina-like books are made of quality Washi, and bound in Fukurotoji style. The collected red seal stamps are often used as room decorations too.

Takeshi Kano and Yuki Matsuo are the two Japanese craftsmen responsible for much of the production of the Washi paper used by Kami-no-Shigoto. The paper crafted by Takeshi Kano is called “Mino Sanno-Shi”. The three main raw materials used are the bark of the kozo mulberry bush, mitsumata oriental paper bush, and the ganpi, Winter Daphne. Kozo mulberry fibers produce a courser fiber base that enhances the fibers of the mitsumata, while the concentration of finer pulped ganpi Winter Daphne, fibers fill the minute gaps and creates a high-density paper that is thin, smooth and prevents writing ink from smearing or bleeding through the page. Another line developed to make hand-made Mino Washi red seal books at more reasonable prices is made from Japanese Washi paper created by Yuki Matsuo. Left over kozo mulberry pulp from paper production is collected and reused to reduce costs.

WASHI dECO

The WASHI dECO series is a patterned Japanese Washi paper produced in collaboration with Hoki Kobo and Ieda Paper Industries Co., Ltd., making it possible to express elaborately molded washi. The production of patterned Washi paper requires a special mold created by Ieda Paper Works, while Hoki Kobo is in charge of making the paper itself. By providing each other with manufacturing information feedback, they have created Japanese patterned paper with unprecedented delicate expression. The patterned Japanese paper produced by Hoki Kobo is used in the WASHI dECO window decoration series, such as the popular SNOWFLAKE and NATURE + series, which can be applied to glass windows simply with water.

Washi Accessories

Hon-Mino-shi Washi paper accessories are made by Makoto Kurata and Minako Ieda. Hon-Mino-shi is a traditional Japanese paper made in accordance with techniques designated as a National Important Intangible Cultural Property in 1969, and also registered as a UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage item in 2014. There are strict rules for the production of this Japanese paper, and as of January 2018, only five members of the Hon-Mino-shi Preservation Society, including Kurata and Ieda, are approved to make true Hon-Mino-shi Japanese paper.

Hon-Mino-shi paper features the attractive properties of Nasu Kozo mulberry and is fine enough to be able to transmit light. This paper is also recognized as being an excellent source paper for the Japanese art of Origami. Kami-no-Shigoto is currently producing a range of Hon-Mino-shi paper and original origami accessories. Using this quality Mino paper, delicate transparent origami with beautiful, clean creases can be created.

At the Mino Handmade Washi Studio, “Corsoyard”, master craftsman Kenji Sawaki and origami master, Yuga Arisawa, are pursuing the perfection of beautifully finished Japanese paper for origami. Together, they have developed a transparent Japanese paper, "Origami Jewel Kingyo" (trade name) born from the optimal blend of mulberry and Winter Daphne bark pulp as raw materials. The Kingyo, or goldfish, folding method is an origami original devised by Corsoyard’s Yuga Arisawa. Yuga Arisawa was apprenticed to Corsoyard in an effort to make Japanese paper that would satisfy his origami work. This particular Washi paper is also used for origami crane accessories designed by Hiroko Takahashi.

How to make Mino Washi

Free download link. You may download the file “How to make Mino Washi”. When using the file, please credit “Kuniyoshi Otaki & Kami-no-Shigoto”

How to make minowashi PDF Download (c)大滝國義・カミノシゴト



For traceability, all Japanese Washi paper used in Kami-no-Shigoto products, including raw material contents and production details are retained.

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