'Washi' (Japanese Paper) Making Experience in Nagano City
Though a commonplace material today, paper was long considered a cherished item in Japan. Known as ‘kami’ in Japanese, the word is phonetically the same as the term for ‘god’, underscoring the reverence for paper in Japanese culture. Nagano has a long tradition of producing fine handmade paper and while here you can make your own ‘washi’ (Japanese paper) at a guided workshop at the Patio Daimon complex, nearby Zenko-ji Temple.
Workshops take 30 minutes in each session, and are held every Friday from 10:00 to 12:00, and again from 13:00 to 15:00, at the end of which you’ll have your own self-created paper to take with you. This is an enjoyable activity suitable for all ages.
Advance booking by email is required 3 days in advance.