Paper wholesaler

Kidai Shoran (detail) © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst (Asian Art Museum, National Museums in Berlin), former collection of Hans-Joachim and Inge Küster, gift of Manfred Bohms 2002, photography: Tadao Kodaira

Washi paper was used for a wide range of purposes, including writing, drawing, and printing, as well as for daily necessities, and a wide variety of washi was produced and consumed in large quantities throughout Japan. In Nihonbashi today, there are paper wholesalers that were established in the Edo period. Ozu Washi has a museum and offers hands-on paper-making, and Haibara, which also serves as a gallery, offers a wide variety of colorful washi.

Ozu Washi