“Washi” made in Mino
”Mino Washi” is well known all over the country. The exact history of when it started is not known, however, the oldest family registry which is kept in Shosoin in Nara Prefecture was made with ”Mino washi”, so it definitely goes back as far as the Nara period.
Creating artistic paper
“Mino washi” also supported traditional ”kogei” of Gifu as well. The color of ”Mino washi” is soft and delicate, and when held up to light, you can see the fibers intertwining beautifully in vertical and horizontal directions. This makes the paper suitable for making items like Gifu lanterns and Gifu Japanese umbrellas.
Tatsuo Ichihara, whose workshop we visited, is a professional with 60 years of experience in the field.
- Mino Washi Tatsuo Ichihara
- Mino City, Gifu Prefecture