Kanzokashiki Washi Japanese Paper Making Experience
A fundamental process in Washi Japanese Paper making - Toyotashi Obara Paper Art Museum (Toyotashi Washi-no-Furusato) annually hosts the Kanzokashiki event, with admission free of charge and open to anyone willing to participate. Basically, it's the steam boiling process of the mulberry shoots, and also the first step in making the pulp from which washi is produced. Recently harvested material is steam-boiled at a device called koshiki, a kind of cupola furnace, then the outer bark is taken out until the inner bark is bare. This will be the raw material that will afterwards be cleaned, pounded and stretched.
"Kanzokashiki" is a play with the words kozo (mulberry tree) and koshiki (furnace). Students and other townspeople also participate in the event.
216-1 Hora Eitaro-cho, Toyota-City
|Fee||Free of charge|
|Opening days / hours||From 8:00 AM - Preparation of the shoot bundles for boiling, boiling and preparing for the next step (requires waiting a couple of hours until the steaming is finished).
*: Subject to cancel depending on weather conditions.
From 11:00 AM - (For visitors) Participating in the outer bark removal.
*: Processing estimated to take place around noon.
|Parking lot||Available, free of charge (cap. 150 cars)|
|Place||Toyotashi Obara Paper Art Museum (Toyotashi Washi-no-Furusato)|
|Holding time||January 17, 2020
*: Event to be held even under light rain. Cancels in case of inclement weather.
|How to prepare||-Warm clothes for outdoors that you do not mind if getting stained
-Footwear that allows for stable and firm movement is highly recommended
|Access by Public Transportation||1-From Nagoya Station, board the Higashiyama Line subway and alight at Fushimi Station.
2-Change trains to the Tsurumai Line bound to Akaike and Toyotashi (may require changing trains again in Akaike - if changing trains in Akaike is not desirable, board the train bound for Toyotashi Station from Fushimi Station).
3-Alight at Toyotashi Station and, from the East Gate Bus Platforms, board the Toyota City Oiden Bus bound for Kaminigi (小原・豊田線［上仁木方面］Obara-Toyota-sen Kaminigi Homen).
4-Get off at Washi-no-Furusato (和紙のふるさと).
*Click here to check transportation directions and fares in Toyota.
|Access by car||Exit at the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway Toyota Fujioka I.C. or the Sanage Green Road Nakayama I.C. and drive on Route 419 for 15 km in the direction of Mizunami.|
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