Friday, April 27, 2012

A Trip to Ogawamachi: Traditional Paper Making

Amano san showed us how to make washi, Japanese paper.

she does this three times to make a piece of paper.

a piece of paper is now made.  you can do this yourself, she says.
Chiho san and me
At Saitama Dento Kougei Museum at Ogawamachi

the home for Japanese papers

the room to make washi 

he is pressing wet papers one by one.

we can make something like these.  washi is very light.

Amano Miho san showed just two of us how to make a paper.
What a coincidence!  Yes, we share the same last name.  Maybe, we are related.

I asked her if her hands have gotten rough doing this daily.  She said no, on the contrary.
Her hands looked smooth and shining.


keiko amano said...
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keiko amano said...

I mixed up uploading the photos out of my fear of losing them. Anyway, the first 10 photos should follow at the bottom.

kristieinbc said...

Very interesting! It looks like so much work goes into making each piece of paper!

Sumathi Mohan said...

Very precise and informative. You did a good job Keiko. Nice work of quality. Thank you for sharing. commendable!

Sumathi Mohan said...

Keiko, it is so simple and precise, beautiful way to teach and educate people. thank you keiko for sharing it with us. love it. :))

keiko amano said...


Thank you. Next time, I'd like to try to make my own washi and choose own colors and thickness, and when I write a haiku, I can choose different style of kana. I bought a few more brushes, and went to order my own rakukan which is a stamp made of Chinese stone. It takes about one month. I can't wait.

keiko amano said...


Thank you! Yes, if you follow the photos, you can make washi. Seeing is believing!

ZACL said...

How interesting, Keiko.

You answered a question I had about the same name.

I have some Japanese paper at home, however, I do not know how it was made. It is probably a commercial product, which was purchased a long time ago in the Japanese shop in London. The paper has a delicate design and is textured. It is not white, it has a pleasing cream/beige shade.

keiko amano said...


I bet what you have is washi. It is feather light and durable, and I've never seen pure white like computer- printer paper.

I have contacted someone whose wife is highly likely my relative. He said he owns my great grandfather's mother's letter. He told me it is very small piece of pink paper. It must be wahshi, nothing else. I'm so excited that the color is pink. I asked him if he could take a photo and send it to me. He said he is 85 and his cell phone is old style. I offered him that if he permit, I'll go to his house and take photos by myself! Well, anyway, just knowing such letter exists makes me wonder and write an essay, short story and so on.

ZACL said...

What a super discovery Keiko.

keiko amano said...


I think it's because most people from older generations kept everything and did not move very much.

keiko amano said...

About ofu, Chiho san said it is made of wheat flour. I don't know how to make though.

ZACL said...


Are you linked into my blog Keiko, I know we had mutual difficulties? I seem to get to yours but do not have notifications of your new posts. It may be because of the original fun and games with the set up.

keiko amano said...


My setup on the blogger is same, but I added a bunch of the bloggers from my local writer's group. Also, I use Facebook more.