It is said that the unique techniques of Sekishu-Banshi paper-making
was brought by Kakimoto no Hitomaro.
Even now, this traditional hand-made process of paper-making
techniques such as locally planting, harvesting and steaming off the
outer bark, have been handed down to generation to generation.
No chemical but only natural plants, the Abelmoschus manihot used as
mucilage when the fibered are soaked in water before filtered with a
wooden-framed bamboo screen to form sheets.
The dusts of raw materials are removed by spreading individual Kozo
manually in the cold water even in the winter.
In fact, it is most time consuming and hard work and it need to be
done very carefully with focus without using any machine which might
caused the fundamental damage to the fiber.
Traditional method "Nagashi Suki" process has been used without any
changes for 1300 years.
"Suki" process has been repeated until to form right width of paper,
then dried on wooden or metal boards in the shadow with avoiding
direct sun light.
Sekishu-Banshi which has strictly define their own materials and work
process traditionally was inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List
of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Kawahira continues protecting their traditional techniques and
passing to the public and younger generation.
We will continue working as a specialist of traditional paper marking
with pride and paper will be touched people's hart and to be used by
many people in the world.
Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (柿本人麻呂: c. 662 - 710) was a Japanese poet and aristocrat
Suki: important process of papre-making, the fibres boiled, beaten by
hand, mixed with mucilage in water, and then filtered with a
wooden-framed bamboo screen to form sheets
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
Japan Important Intangible Property
Sekishu-Banshi (Papermaking in the Iwami region of Shimane Prefecture)
Traditional Crafts designated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Traditional Crafts designated by the Shimane prefecture
Sekishu-Washi (Handmade Paper)
683-3 Misumicho-furuichiba, Hamada city, Shimane prefecture, 699-3225
Kawahira (Manufacture and Sales of Sekishu-Banshi, Sekishu-Washi)
TEL/FAX +81 855 32 1166