- Washi Japanese Paper Making Experience - "Kanzokashiki" Mulberry Shoots Steam Boiling Process
Toyota-City Washi Japanese Paper Making Experience - "Kanzokashiki" Mulberry Shoots Steam Boiling Process
Date : 01/19/2018
Participate in a fundamental process of Washi Japanese Paper making!
The Obara Paper Art Museum (Washi-no-Furusato) holds the "Kanzokashiki" 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 you too to see this centuries-old activity!