Yuki's Travels: Gathering of Young Generation Papermakers @ Sugihara-gami
On the last weekend of June, our Fukui associates and I visited Sugihara-gami in Hyogo Prefecture to attend Seinen no Tsudoi (Gathering of Young Generation Papermakers). This meeting is usually held annually, each time in different paper making villages. The Sugihara-gami paper making village is said to have originated in the late 7th century, but once came to an end in the 90's, due to the overwhelming presence of western papers. However, thanks to Dr. Jugaku Bunsho and his studies of Japanese papers that Sugihara paper making was revived.
The two days spent at Sugihara-gami were extremely educational and filled with unique experiences meeting and conversing with papermakers and people from the world of washi at large. Although the next location has not been announced I am already looking forward to reuniting with everyone that I met this year!
Left to Right: Hiroya Yamashita, Yuki, Masami Igarashi, Yoshinao Sugihara