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Ozu Washi is a Traditional Japanese Paper store, established in 1653 in the Nihombashi area of Tokyo. The store carries everything from high-grade traditional Japanese Paper (Washi) to products used by artists all over Japan. The store has papers suited for calligraphy (Shodo), Japanese-style paintings (Nihon-ga), Sumi art (Suiboku-ga), Buddhist paintings, block print, paper art, origami, and more. In addition to producing high quality paper for artists and craftsmen, Ozu Washi also offers restoration services. After you get all your shopping done, we recommend visiting the Ozu Washi Gallery to see incredible works of calligraphy and paintings. There's also a small museum on the history of Ozu Washi and the Ozu Washi Shoran which displays various works of Washi produced around the country. The Shoran has flowers, clothes, and dolls all made from Washi, in addition to other paper-based works like Kinkarakami (gold-leafed paper).
Ozu Washi offers a few cultural workshops for guests to participate to better understand Washi and Japanese arts. The extensive list includes around 80 classes, including calligraphy courses, sumi art, origami, engraving, paper art, flower pressing, Mizuhiki (Japanese art of tying paper cords), and more. With so many to choose from, we highly recommend trying the
Handmade Washi Experience Studio during our Quilt Japan Tours. During this brief hour workshop, you'll watch a demonstration learning the traditional Washi paper-making techniques before trying it yourself. Take home an incredible souvenir from this hands-on experience during our all-inclusive Quilt Japan Tours, or add the Ozu Washi store to your itinerary on a private Japan tour or during a free day in Tokyo.
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