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kami 紙 paper

The most important items made of paper are the

. Papermachee Dolls 張子 hariko .

They have their own "Doll Museum".

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. Anesama ningyoo 姉様人形 "elder sister" dolls .

. Chiyogami 千代紙 colored printed paper

. Hanayome ningyoo 花嫁人形  bride dolls .

. Kaishi 懐紙 folded paper, "pocket paper" .

. Kamibukuro 紙袋 Paper Bags and envelopes .

. Kami tsubame 紙つばめ paper lark .
temple Jakkooin 寂光院 Jako-In

. Men, omote 面 masks .

. Mizuhiki 水引 ceremonial paper strings .

. Origami Daruma 折り紙だるま .

. Papercraft with Daruma.


. Washi, Japanese Paper 和紙 - Introduction .
- Japan's Encounter With Paper
- Material used for Washi
- The Great Washi Paper Sculptor, Uchiumi Kiyoharu 内海清美
- Echizen Washi 越前和紙 paper from Echizen
- Inshuu washi 因州和紙 Inshu Washi / Tottori and Shimane
- Izumo Washi 出雲和紙 Washi paper from Izumo


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Paper Dolls
by Utagawa Yoshifuji, published circa 1890s


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- ABC - List of Paper Craft from the Prefectures

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. . . . . . . . . . Gifu

. Matsukura Kannon kami ema 松倉観音紙絵馬
votive tables of horses made of paper .



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. . . . . . . . . . Kagoshima


. Keshoobako 化粧箱 cosmetic box .
from Kagoshima Shrine


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. . . . . . . . . . Kanagawa

. Odawara choochin 小田原堤灯 lanterns from Odawara .


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. . . . . . . . . . Kochi


. washi ningyoo土佐和紙人形 paper dolls from Tosa washi .

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. . . . . . . . . . Kumamoto

Yamaga choochin 山鹿灯籠 lantern
These lanterns are made solely of paper and are said to be the acme of paper craft. They were originally for festival use, but recently they have become popular as souvenirs.

. Yamaga Tooroo Matsuri 山鹿灯籠まつり
Yamaga Lantern Festival .



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. . . . . . . . . . Okinawa

. uumen ウーメン(紙びな)hina dolls from paper .



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. . . . . . . . . . Shimane 島根県

Sekishu washi 石州和紙 Sekishu Paper



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While mention is made of Sekishu in the Engishiki, a Heian period (794-1185) document on court protocol, a more direct reference to paper is made in the 紙漉重宝記 Kamisuki Chohoki, a ""A Manual of Papermaking"" published in 1798. It says that when 柿本人麻呂 Kakinomotono Hitomaro went to take up the post of protector in the province of Iwami (Shimane prefecture), he taught the people there how to make paper.
Sekishu Washi
has been made unceasingly for about 1,300 years. In the early days it was made by farmers in their spare time but gradually became a specialized job of work and today, paper is still being made using the same skills and techniques as of old.
Handmade papers
differ slightly depending on the plant fiber source. The long fibers of kozo paper make it really strong and supple. Also beautifully pliant is mitsumata paper which is taught and has a slight luster. Even more pliant is ganpi paper which is glossy and is not preferred by hungry insects. Produced in large quantities, kozo paper was used in the past for ledgers by merchants, who were quick to throw them down their wells if a fire broke out, knowing the paper was strong enough to withstand a dousing.
These days paper is made for shoji screens, calligraphy paper, letter paper, envelopes and postcards, and business cards and many other things that all retain a distinctive character.
- source : kougeihin.jp.e.oo.hp.transer.com... -


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Tesuki washi (handmade Japanese paper) was invented in 105 AD by a Chinese official named Cai Lun, and introduced to Japan in 610 AD by Doncho, a Buddhist monk from Korea. Sekishu washi, the special washi paper of western Shimane Prefecture, also has a long history of over a thousand years long. The name Sekishu comes from the Sekishu region (present-day Iwami), where the paper was first produced. The paper is also known as 石州半紙(せきしゅうばんし) Sekishu-banshi (“half sheets of Sekishu”) because of the cut of the paper. ...
... In light of the unique traditional techniques and methods employed to make Sekishu-banshi by the Sekishu-banshi Craftsmen's Association, Sekishu-banshi was designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property in 1969.
... Sekishu Washi Kaikan (Sekishu Washi Center)
... About Workshops and Craftsmen
- source and more : sekishu.jp/en/history... -

. Shimane Folk Art - 島根県 .

. Kakinomoto Hitomaro 柿本人麻呂 Hitomaru 人丸 / 人麿 (c. 662 – 710) .



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. . . . . . . . . . Shizuoka

. origami shinzoo 折紙神像 god figures from folded paper .
From Mishima Shrine


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. . . . . . . . . . Yamanashi

. kami kanbutsu 紙冠物(かみかんぶつ Helmet from paper .


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