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Etchu Kokushi or Gokayama Washi are the traditional names for hand-made paper from the village of Taira. This paper is made from a mixture of Kozo (paper mulberry) fibers and the viscous extract of the Tororo Aoi (a relative of hibiscus) plant. This mixture gives the paper its beautiful appearance and highly prized durability. Gokayama Washi has a long and successful history. We can find evidence of its existence from over 1,200 years ago, when it was written in official documents that 400 sheets of Gokayama Washi were presented to the imperial court. 20 bundles of Nakaorigami washi paper were also offered to Toshinaga Maeda, who was the second lord of the Kaga clan in the Keicho era (roughly 400 years ago).he In modern times this paper has been highly regarded as a material for use in various arts. It is often used in the creation of chigiri-e (collaged artistic works made from washi), and is used by woodblock printers and painters. Gokayama Washi paper is officially designated as a national important traditional craft of Japan.




The Kozo tree we use to make our paper is a type ofmulberry tree.
We picked the Kozo we use from among many types, such as Hime Kozo which grew in the mountains around many villages in the area, and Kajinoki, which is native to warmer areas.
Here at Gokayama Washi no Sato, we carefully raise our own Kozo on a field about a hectare in size, high up in the mountains of this area.

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