Shuzenji-Gami: Washi Workshop
The world is rapidly changing, and traditional crafts folk are disappearing at an alarming rate. Japan, a country renowned for its long history of traditional crafts, is no exception. That’s why the discovery of ShuzenjiGami, a traditional washi paper workshop in Izu, is a rare and important find.
Total Washi Experience
Takuto Masuda, the artist and proprietor of ShuzenjiGami Washi Kobo, not only makes the paper, but he also grows the mitsumata plant used to produce the highest quality washi paper. Masuda-san’s dedication to preserving the traditional craft is evident in his commitment to growing the plant himself, and in offering workshops to teach others the art of washi paper-making
While there are places around Japan that are well known for concentrations of traditional crafts and artists, Izu lost most of its old ways long ago. For centuries here in Izu, one of the ways locals made a living was to grow mitsumata in our mountainous environment. Masuda-san’s dedication to this traditional craft is a shining example of how individuals can help preserve a cultural heritage.
Hands on Workshops
Masuda-san offers washi paper-making workshops on an appointment basis. Participants can learn all aspects of washi paper-making and create their own unique postcards or stationary for a day or learn the entire process over multiple days. The workshops are a great opportunity to experience the traditional craft of washi paper making from a master.
For those who don’t have the time to attend a workshop, ShuzenjiGami has an online shop where you can purchase Masuda-san’s beautiful hand-crafted products. From affordable items to higher-end works of art, there is something for everyone. Purchasing these unique products is not only a way to support a traditional craftsman, but also a way to bring a piece of Japanese cultural heritage into your home.
A Passion for Traditional Craft
Masuda-san’s passion for preserving the traditional craft of washi paper-making is admirable. His dedication to growing the mitsumata plant and teaching others the art of washi paper-making ensures that the craft will continue for future generations. ShuzenjiGami is not just a place to shop for souvenirs and gifts, it’s a place to experience and appreciate the beauty of traditional Japanese craftsmanship.
Support Local Artists
ShuzenjiGami is a rare treasure in a world where so many traditional crafts and the knowledge that goes with them are disappearing. Masuda-san’s dedication to preserving the traditional Japanese craft of washi paper-making is something I urge you to support. His workshops and hand-crafted products offer a unique opportunity to experience and support Japanese cultural heritage.
ShuzenjiGami is a rare trasure in a world where so many traditional crafts and the knowledge that goes with them are disappearing. Masuda-san’s dedication to preserving the traditional Japanese craft of washi paper-making is something I urge you to support. His workshops and hand-crafted products offer a unique opportunity to experience and support Japanese cultural heritage.
Shuzenji Gami is located in the heart of Izu near the ancient Shuzenji Temple:
1302-1 Shuzenji, Izu, Shizuoka