JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Due to COVID-19, traveling to and within Japan is currently being discouraged.


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Mino Washi Museum has exhibits about washi history, washi making, and washi paper art. It also offers washi paper-making lessons. Make your own washi postcards, etc. Anybody can do it. Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m., closed Tue. Admission ¥500 (¥250 for elementary school and jr. high school). From Mino-shi Station, take a taxi. The museum is far from the train station because it needs to be near a clean river. Parking available.
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Entrance to Mino Washi Museum (Mino Washi no Sato Kaikan). It was renovated in April 2017, so it looks new. There are three floors, including a basement floor.
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Basement floor has this paper-making workshop where you can try making your own washi paper. It can be a single sheet 33x45cm), 6 postcards, or diploma. Takes less than an hour. Fees are ¥500 to ¥800. ワークショップ - 紙すきの体験
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A large vat (sukifune) filled with washi fibers floating evenly in the water.
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Our washi instructor taught us how to do it using a wooden mold (keta 桁) supporting a screen.
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Dump the mold into the vat and swish it left/right and forward/back evenly.
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This is what happens when you don't do it right. Uneven paper.
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Transferring the paper sheet.
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We tried making a washi sheet.
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We could put a steel grating having a template design over the washi sheet and sprinkle water over it to impress the grating template on the the paper.
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The streel grating makes these patterns on the paper. We could choose one of these.
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We could also put small leaves on the paper.
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Paper vaccuum dryer. The slit sucks water from the paper.
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Paper vaccuum dryer sucking water from the wet washi paper moving across the slit underneath. Vey neat.
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The paper is them placed on this water heater to further dry the paper. We could take home our washi after 30 min.
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My Mino washi paper.
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Washi making lessons. You can make an A4 sheet, postcards, etc.
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Steps to make the washi fibers from mulberry plants, kozo, mitsumata, and ganpi. Bark is stripped and soaked in river water. Kozo is then boiled. Specks of impurities are picked off. The bark is mashed.
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The museum has exhibition rooms and spaces to display washi artwork.
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On the 1st floor below, there's a gift shop where you can buy Mino washi paper products. It's also where you can sign up for a washi papermaking lesson.
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Washi artist is Akiyama Nobushige.
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On the 2nd floor, Exhibition Room I displays washi art.
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Exhibition room displaying washi art.
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Mino Washi Museum, Gifu
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Mino Washi Museum, Gifu
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Mino Washi Museum, Gifu
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Also on the 2nd floor, Exhibition Room II displaying washi used at home and in practical and commercial products.
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Exhibition room displaying washi used in practical and commercial products.
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Japanese style
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Yarn and speaker cones made of Mino washi.
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About washi yarn.
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Washi hat
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Washi paper lantern
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Mechanized papermaking
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The spread of paper
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Paper for everyday use
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Wash for various purposes
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Washi uchiwa fans
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Washi umbrellas
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Mino washi postcards
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Mino mascots
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General information for visitors. The museum has three floors.
 
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