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Echizen Washi Japanese paper that the goddess transmit


Konnichiwa! Hallo everyone!

This time, I would like to talk about "Echizen Washi Japanese paper that the goddess transmit".

In fact, we are currently developing a new product using Echizen Washi Japanese paper!

So today, I chose this theme so that everyone can know the charm of Echizen Washi paper. Here we go!!


Echizen Washi is a Japanese paper made in Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture, which is one of the "three major Japanese papers" along with "Mino Washi" in Gifu Prefecture and "Tosa Washi" in Kochi Prefecture.

It is said that the goddess who appeared upstream of the river in the Okamoto district of Echizen City taught the villagers the technique of making paper.

…What? Goddess??

That's right, isn't it splendid!? :-)

About 1500 years ago, a beautiful goddess appeared upstream of this river and said, "This village is blessed with pure water, although there may be a shortage of rice fields and plowed fields. It would be nice to make a living by making paper with this water. "

The villagers were deeply moved and asked, "Who are you?", But disappeared while saying, "I am from this land."

Since then, villagers have begun making paper, which is believed to be the origin of Echizen Washi paper.

After that, they called this goddess "Kawakami Gozen" and worshiped at Okamoto Shrine.

This is the only "paper god" in Japan.

After that, with the spread of Buddhism, sutra copying became popular and the demand for paper increased. High-quality Echizen Japanese paper has come in handy and has come to be used nationwide.


Echizen Washi Japanese paper used by masters of Japanese painting such as Taikan Yokoyama, Takeuchi Seiho, and Ikuo Hirayama.

It is said that famous Pablo Ruiz Picasso also used Echizen Japanese paper!!!

The points that are suitable for drawing are: -Smooth and strong surface

-Can be stored for a long time

-Good color development and high water absorption

There are also many types of product. It was used as official paper by the Shogunate as the finest paper. In addition, for Fusuma (paperd sliding door) and wallpaper, banknotes and checks, stock certificates, woodblock printing paper, colored paper, strips, envelopes, stationery, postcards, business cards, etc.

Japanese paper "Washi" has been made for a wide variety of purposes since ancient times.

In nowadays, they also make clothes for staying in space!!!

The features are the beauty and strength of the natural color. And since the fibers are long and can contain moisture in the gaps between the fibers, they absorb and release moisture according to the humidity in the room.

Each piece is handmade by skilled craftsmen.

The three major raw materials for Japanese paper that have been used for a long time are mulberry, mitsumata, and ganpi.

This raw material is strained in a tank containing Abelmoschus manihot called "Neri".

"Neri" has a viscosity. It is necessary to evenly disperse the raw material fibers in water one by one in order to make beautiful paper.

Some craftsmen have become living national treasures. It was the late 8th Iwano Ichibei and 9th Iwano Ichibei, who also dedicated Japanese paper to the famous Louvre Museum.


The Japanese paper products currently available at our store are thick Japanese paper with a rugged texture.

The lineup includes eyeglass cases, wallets, business card holders, earrings, and Gamaguchi coin purse.

It is characterized by wrinkles called Shibo, which are soft and have a leather-like feel. The more you use it, the more you become attached to it!

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We deliver you Japanese genuine skill with warmhearted crafts. We hope that we can continue to help you add color to your life with "tradition" and "craftsmanship".





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