Traditional Crafts of Nara: “Making Yoshino Washi Paper by Hand”

  • Program
    per person:3,500 JPY
    time period
    2018-08-01 - 2020-03-31
    *Please select and let us know the time of your visit from 09:00 – 11:30 and 13:30 – 16:00.
    Language English

A hands-on experience of making traditional Japanese paper called “Washi.” Why don’t you make your own Washi postcards and design them using natural dyes?

Handmade Japanese paper, or Washi, was introduced by Prince Oama (later Emperor Tenmu) to Yoshino more than 1,300 years ago. It is made from paper mulberry, panicled hydrangea, white clay, and soft water drawn from Yoshino mountains. They say it is strong enough to last for 1,000 years. Washi paper has been used mainly for mounting such as scrolls. In these modern days, it is also used for restoring cultural properties in Japan, as well as in the world.
Please enjoy making Washi paper with an instruction of Mr. Masayuki Fukunishi, Traditional Artisan designated by Nara prefecture. He is also a “Holder of Selected Conservation Techniques” recognized by Japanese government, in the field of making handmade Japanese paper (Udagami) for mounting. In this program, you will make Washi paper by hand and decorate it with your original designs using natural dyes from plants. It will be your one and only set of eight postcards.
  • Let's try paper making with water,mulberry,paste.

  • I will dye with natural liquid of plant.

  • Original washi with natural dyes.

Program details
Program Traditional Crafts of Nara: “Making Yoshino Washi Paper by Hand”
Program fee

per person:3,500 JPY

Available time period

2018-08-01 - 2020-03-31

Required time 30min
*Please select and let us know the time of your visit from 09:00 – 11:30 and 13:30 – 16:00.
Schedule ・A talk about Yoshino Washi paper. (approx. 10 min)
・A hands-on experience of making Washi paper. With instructions of the artisan, this program is enjoyable for both children and adults. (approx. 10 min)
・Design and tint the Washi paper you’ve just made using natural dyes and make original postcards of your own. (approx. 10 min)
・We will send your work, after drying it in the sun for a week, to your designated address. A shipping fee is required separately.
Requirements for participation Participants: 1 - 10 persons (Please consult us for a group of 11 persons or more.)
Age: 6 (elementary school student) or above
Things to bring / required items No need for you to bring or prepare anything.
Included in this fee ・All materials
・Instruction booklet in English regarding Washi paper
Not included in fees ・Shipping fee
(A shipping fee varies depending on destination. Please pay it at the workshop.)
Meeting location Fukunishi-Washi Honpo
Meeting location Detail 218-1 Kubogaito Yosino-cho Yoshino-gun Nara
Address of meeting location Yoshino-cho Yoshino-gun, Nara-prefecture

【By car】
-1 hour and a half from Nara city.
-1 hour and a haif from Osaka city.
-20 minutes from Kintetsu Yamato Kamiichi station

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Payment method cash on site
Language English

The instructor will explain in easy/simple English.


As we prepare the materials beforehand, please promptly inform us of any changes such as the number of persons or cancellations.


Cancellations 2 days or 1 day prior to the event require 50% of the participation fee.
Cancellations on the day of the event, or no show, require 100% of the participation fee.

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  • Profile

    Fukunishi Masayuki of the sixth generation of Fukunishi Washihon Honpo is "Holder of Selected Conservation Techniques" recognized by Japansese goverment,in the field of making handmade Japanese paper for mouning.
    We continue to keep traditional techniques from ancient times until now. For that reason, it is used for restoring culutural properties around the world.


    Please enjoy making washi paper, and learn Japanese traditional culture.

    Company information

    Company:Fukunishi Washi Honpo
    Address:218-1 kugaito Yoshino-cho Yoshino-gun Nara Yoshino-cho Yoshino-gun Nara-prefecture

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