Welcome to Gokayama Washi


                     Agricultural Association
                    Gokayama Washi

Add:148@Shimonashi, Nanto-shi
Toyama-ken, 939-1923
TEL/FAX: 0763-66-2016
E-mail:gokawasi@p1.tst.ne.jp


¡Our History
Long time ago, the defeated warriors of Heike handed down the culture of Kyoto to Gokayama village.
Gokayama washi is one of the examples of this culture.
In the feudal age of the lord of Kaga (Now Kanazawa) as a yearly tribute and used for the paper money of its fief. Since then, Gokayama washi developed under the auspicious care of the Kaga-clan.
Today, the quality of Gokayama washi is recognized by the exclusive selection in the restoration of Katura Imperial Villa in Kyoto and also especially well-known for its various colors and variety of washi used for chigiri-e.





¡What is washi?
Among papers throughout the world, washi is unique, having both natural strength and beauty.
The secret of this characteristic made from the raw material such as Kozo, Gampi, and Mitumata of which
its fiber are long and strong.
Abundant of clear and cool natural water makes high quality of washi.
Touch and feel the warmness and gentleness of handmade washi.





¡Visit and Experience handmade papermaking
You can visit our papermaking workshop and see the production process.
You can also challenge handmade papermaking and keep your work of art
for \500 a sheet.









¡Chigiri-e @@Torn and Pasted Picture

The beginning of the Chigiri-e is uncertain and did not date back long ago.
It is very natural, however, by looking the various colors of washi in front of your eyes, one may think of using washi instead of paints to draw pictures@with washi.
Today Chigiri-e work is highly esteemed both nationwide and also overseas for its artistic value.
Tear washi into the shape of flowers or leaves by your own fingers. And paste then on a thick paper such as a post card or a greeting card.
You will appreciate of your own handmade work of art.










¡Travel Guide to Gokayama
Gokayama is situated in the mountainous area of western part of Toyama Prefecture, which is located in the middle of Honshu Island facing the Japan Sea.
Gokayama is famous for the thatched roof Gassho style houses evaluated as a world heritage by UNESCO.
The wisdom of the ancestors who bear the severe natural circumstance were handed down today to create unique mountain village culture such as Gassho style houses, folk songs and dances and handmade washi paper.
Once you visit Gokayama,you will be eased by the beautiful nature and nostalgic atmosphere of old and good Japan.




    

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