Tokyo Area

Form organic Japanese paper using natural fibers and local plants

Form organic Japanese paper using natural fibers and local plants

from 280.00

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Experience Includes |

  • 10 min - History of Japanese washi paper

  • 20 min - Demonstration of making washi paper

  • 90 min - Crafting 2 sheets (60cm x 60cm) of your own washi paper

    You will be accompanied by a friendly Detouur guide who will interpret in your language of choice, from English, French, or German. If you require translation in another language, please let us know at checkout and we will do our best to accommodate your request!

Availability |

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Session 1 (13:00 - 15:00)

Number of Participants:


Tokigawa,  Saitama
1hr 30min from Tokyo Sta.

Offered in Japanese
with English, French, or German interpretation

2 hr Experience

2 people max.

About Washi |

Washi | Wah・Shi 

Washi is made from 'kozo' mulberry plants, which are grown by Hiroko and her staff themselves. Hiroko's atelier is located near a river that provides the pure water necessary to make washi and the mountains of Saitama, where the mulberry plants grow. Traditionally, washi has been used as paper for various Japanese art forms, such as Nihonga, an ancient style of painting, as well as for more utilitarian purposes such as shoji sliding door frames. With its warmth, durability, absorbency, pliability, and transparency, washi is an extremely versatile material and'innovative uses for washi today abound in interior and graphic design, bookbinding, painting, etching, sewing, calligraphy and much more.


05 | The Washi Artist

At Hiroko Tanino's washi atelier in northwest Saitama, an area known for its long history of washi production, you get the sense that washi paper is alive. The wamth, soft natural fibers of this traditional Japanese paper and its beautiful transparency almost communicate a quiet breathing force, a vitality that does not exist in machine-made paper. Produced using techniques passed on over 1300 years since its beginnings in the Edo period, washi contains a long and profound story of human creativity, even playfulness, and respect for nature. This heritage of technique was commemorated in 2014, through the inscription of washi in the UNESCO  Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Along with other washi artisans today, Hiroko, continues to pass on the legacy of washi for today's world. [Read More]


Things to note |

  • Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance.

Cancellation Policy |

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