Established in 1989, this non-profit museum (also known as Washi Kaikan) is dedicated to the preservation of the techniques and skills of Awa washi for future generations as well as the expansion, promotion and introduction of Awa washi to the general public through workshop, demonstrations, exhibitions, lectures,etc.
It was established through support received from the Fuji Paper group and the local, prefectural and national government. It serves as an information and research center and has an extensive collection of books and other information on paper and related matters.
It also collaborates with artists who come to use the facilities to make washi for their individual projects.
Tuesday to Sunday 9AM - 5PM (Closed on Monday. If Monday is public holiday, museum is open and we'll close the following Tuesday.)
General >> ¥300
Student (High School and over) >> ¥200
Student (Junior High and Elementary School) >> ¥150
20% off for a group with more than 20 people.
141 Kawahigashi, Yamakawa-cho, Yoshinogawa-shi, Tokushima
The fees for paper making in the "hands-on" area are ¥500 for making 3 postcards and/or ¥500 for making 2 approx. A4 size sheets. You can create your original sheet by placing your own pressed flowers and other decorative elements during the process. Generally the hands-on area is open during 9AM ~ 12PM and 1PM~4PM (unless the area is occupied by a large number of group) and papermaking takes approximately 1 hour.
Upstairs at the museum houses a gallery space for works on paper. Throughout the year, the museum mounts several exhibitions (1-2 months each) that showcase artists who creatively use washi paper in their works. Sculpture, prints, paintings and other mixed media works by Japanese and International artists are exhibited.
In addition to the regularly scheduled workshops and exhibitions, special mini-workshops are sometimes held. Please contact the msuem to learn more.