Toyota-City Kanzokashiki Washi Japanese Papermaking Experience
Date : 01/13/2023
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!