JAPAN – TOKYO FOR FREE: Origami Kaikan – Washi Museum
Traditional Paper – おりがみ会館 – 和紙 – 折り紙
Discover here how the traditional Japanese handmade paper is produced in Tokyo!
The ORIGAMI KAIKAN, founded in 1858,
was a laboratory to produce and dye the “washi”
(和 紙), the traditional Japanese fibrous handmade paper,
recognised as a cultural heritage by UNESCO.
Origami (折 り 紙) means “folding the paper”.
In Japan, it is an art that dates back to 610 AD,
Introduced by Buddhist monks.
One time it was a luxury exclusively
reserved for ceremonies, often religious,
because of the high cost of paper.
Today, the common format
of origami paper is square.
Among the tools: bone or wooden rulers
for sharp and precise folds
and tweezers for the tiny ones.
The tradition of Japanese paper and origami
is promoted in this international center
through exhibitions, events, a shop and a workshop
where you can see craftsmen at work.
Here you can participate in origami lessons
(of one or two hours) also held by the President
Kazuo Kobayashi, Master of Origami for 30 years.
Lessons have a fee,
while accessing the exhibition and the workshop
where you can see the production process, the dyeing
and the decoration of the origami paper,
Ochanomizu Origami Kaikan (お り が み 会館)
1-7-14 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku – Tokyo
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