Mino washi is a traditional technique that has been used to make paper in the village of Mino for over 1,300 years. It’s a pretty laborious process involving reaping, barking, soaking, simmering, beating, compressing, drying, and more! I’m tired already just talking about it. And then if that wasn’t enough, there’s the dying process, intricate detailing, etc. So if you ever find yourself in Mino, Gifu, make sure to stop by the Mino Washi Museum to learn firsthand how to create these beautiful sheets of paper. Or if you’re lucky enough to be around during their annual washi lantern competition (early November), that should definitely be a stop on your list!
Here’s a video showing the entire process as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiXy0CeJUHc