I am RYO!
Yesterday, I witnessed a very precious sight!
I am using all Japanese paper "Washi" for my art and manga,
So I visited a place where paper is being produced.
Then I could see the process work for making Washi!
These are all materials for Washi!
I saw this process work for the first time
Because this process work is for a short period of time
The material used for Washi is a plant called "Kouzo(楮)"
Kouzo is very fast growing and can be easily harvested in large quantity making it ideal for Washi materials
Of course, all of these are natural materials, so they will not place a burden on the environment.
I do not know about the paper in your country, but in Japan almost all of the paper is using petroleum.
So Japanese regular paper is a plastic like property so it will be burdensome to the environment…😞
In Japan Washi has been in use for 1300 years, but now they are abandoned and everything has changed into an petroleum life…Japan is really losing its own culture
Well, return the story
After these processes paper will be produced at this factory, But photography is prohibited at the in factory
But here is the wonderful YouTube!
This is introduced with all of Washi production with English subtitles!
If you are interested in the tradition of 1300 inherited in Japan, please look😉
This tree can confirm the texture of "paper" a little↓
And these trees smell very fragrant. I regret that I can not tell it to you ... a wonderful tree fragrance😊
I will quote a bit of my past postings about the difference between Washi and regular paper↓
This is the paper used by Japanese professional cartoonists↓
It is hard.
And this is Washi↓
It is soft.
This post talks about the softness of Washi, but there is also a hard type of Washi.
The biggest feature of Washi is its "touch feeling", but it is very hard to convey in pictures…
Washi is a bit gritty, but it touch the "feeling of tree" is very good
Anyway, I am glad that I could meet the process work of this washi!
I will continue to draw art and manga that kept using Washi!💪
Have not you seen the -Jingi-仁義 series yet?
My Samurai manga -Jingi-仁義 can be seen here!
All my mangas drawn in "Washi(和紙)"
It is a traditional Japanese paper made from 1300 years ago.
Posts on Washi and manga processes↓
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