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Toyota-City Kanzokashiki Washi Japanese Papermaking Experience

Date : 01/13/2023

  • Kanzokashiki Washi Japanese Paper Making Experience

Participate in a Fundamental Process of Washi Japanese Papermaking!

The Obara Paper Art Museum (Toyotashi Washi no Furusato) holds the Kanzokashiki - Mulberry Shoots Steam Boiling Process - event, with admission free of charge and open to anyone willing to participate. This is the first step in making the pulp from which washi is produced. In it, recently harvested mulberry shoots are steam-boiled at the koshiki, a kind of steam cupola furnace, then stripped of the outer bark until only the tough pliant inner bark is left - the raw material that will afterwards be cleaned, pounded, and stretched.
"Kanzokashiki" is a local colloquialism believed to be derived from the words kozo - the term for mulberry tree - and koshiki, the apparatus used as furnace. This is a traditional event at that area and even students of the local elementary school take part. Come and see this centuries-old activity!


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Date : January 13 (Friday), 2023
*: Event to be held even under light rain. Cancelled in the case of inclement weather.
Holding time : Steam boiling scheduled to be finished by 11:00 AM
[Morning] 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
[Afternoon] 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
*: Ending time may change depending on the amount of mulberry shoots.
Place : Obara Paper Art Museum (Toyotashi Washi no Furusato)
Location : 〒470-0562
216-1 Hora Eitaro-cho, Toyota-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : Admission free of charge
Parking : Available, free of charge (cap. 120 cars)
Phone number : 0565-65-2151
How to prepare : Wear warm clothes for outdoors that you do not mind getting stained.
Bringing work gloves and footwear that allows for stable and firm movement is highly recommended.
Please wear a face mask as part of anti-infection measures.

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  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    ・From Nagoya Station, take the subway Higashiyama Line. Alight at Fushimi station and take the subway Tsurumai line. Alight at Toyotashi station and take the Toyota Oiden Bus Obara Line bound for Kaminigi. Alight at the "Washi-no -Furusato" stop and walk 1 minute.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Exit at the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway Toyota Fujioka I.C. or the Sanage Green Road Nakayama I.C. and drive on Route 419 for 15km in the direction of Mizunami.

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