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The Annual Handmade Papermaking Workshop

Special Workshop in Winter


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Mitsumata is from the Thymelaceae or Daphne plant family marked by each ‘joint’ of the plant separating into 3 branches. There is no established theory of the origin of Mitsumata however, it is said that the plant was distributed around the center & southern parts of China and the Himalayas. Paper made from Mitsumata is called “Mitsumatashi” and because of its strength, long fibers and natural resilience to insects, it is used for Japanese currency. Japan’s Ministry of Finance began using Mitsumatashi in the Meiji era (c.1879) and the cultivation of the plant was thereafter spread throughout Japan.

As Spring time approaches, the blossom of the Mitsumata are blooming! This special workshop will be covering the entire Mitsumata papermaking process from harvesting Kozo and Mitsumata branches to cleaning the bark, steaming and papermaking.

Basic Infomation

Date >>
January 20st(Sat) and 21nd(Sun) ,2018

(Total 2 days : The time schedule might be modified depending on the progress of the days.)

Location >>
- The Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper
Kawahigashi, Yamakawa-cho, Yoshinogawa-shi, Tokushima 779-3401 JAPAN

Enrollment Limit >>
15 (18 yearts old and over. Must attend 2 days in a row.)

Workshop Fee >>
Total 2000 yen (include lunch for 2 days)
Please note that a *4,000 yen wire transfer fee (from overseas) is not included.
Please make payment by cash or credit card when you arrive at the mill.

Accommodations >>
The workshop will be held for 2 days. If you need an accommodation, please contact us.

Application Deadline >>
Time for application will be closed once the enrollment limit of 15 people has been filled.

To apply or for more information >>
Please contact us via e-mail.
Customer Support / Fax: 81-883-42-6085

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Day 1:
9:30 am ~ 4:30 pm Depart from “The Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper” to the Mitsumata field. Harvesting Mitsumata tree – Steaming – Peeling the outer bark – Processing white bark.

Day 2:
9:30 am ~ 4:30 pm Mitsumata Papermaking at “The Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper.

The work details might be modified without notice depending on class progress.


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