本美濃紙

重要無形文化財

本美濃紙とは

本物の美しさ、柔らかさ、そして強さ

1,300年の歴史を誇る、美濃和紙の本流にして原点

The oldest paper in Japan is stored in the Shosoin Temple. During the 2nd year of the Taiho era(year 702), this paper was filtered and was used as a family register in the regions called Mino (Southern Gifu Prefecture), Chikuzen (North West, Fukuoka Prefecture) and Buzen (Northern Half Part of Oita Prefecture, East of Fukuoka) . Even 1,300 years ago, Mino paper was known for being evenly intertwined and having a silky softness.
When the Middle Ages came, the name Mino Paper started appearing frequently in literature.
In the Edo era, it was given the highest evaluation as a Japanese sliding door`s most luxurious paper and the “Mino Reputation” became a standard.

  • 美濃国
  • 正倉院 文献

昔から変わらぬ、色合い、地合い、風合い

It is white, beautiful, soft and strong. Only genuine Mino paper has these high guality components. When the sun shines on the paper, the beautifully intertwined fibers can even be sean. If Mino paper has fulfilled the above requirements being specified. it makes up about 10% of all the Mino Japanese paper products. The stream of the Nagara River, the richest and finest quality water flowing from the stream of the Itadori River, the finest Nasu kozo from Ibaraki Prefecture, Kiso cypress as the instrument, the solid brass filtered figure, and the scrapes from the bamboo are also connected together to make a sukisu, or a bamboo strainer for making Mino paper.

障子に使われる本美濃紙

重要無形文化財「本美濃紙」指定要件

Name: Hon-minoshi
Classification: Important Intangible Cultural Propery
Association for Preservation: Association for the Preservation of Hon-minoshi Papermaking (Gifu Prefecture)
Classification: Arts and Crafts
Type: Hand-made Japanese Paper
Association that gives Recognition: Association for Preservation Certification
Date of Recognition: April 15, 1969 (Showa 44)
Requirements for Recognition: First, The mulberry bark should be the only source material source of the paper
Second, The paper should be made using the traditional process and equipment only
・Whitening of the skin is done, and for it to mature, it is boiled in soda ash plant or use the soda ash.
・Bleaching extract with chemicals, and fillers should not be added.
・Beating or a method equivalent to this is done.
・Paper making is kneading of the paper is done using Tororoaoi (Sunset Hibiscus), and by shaking the bamboo strainer sideways.
・Drying is done using a drying board press only.
Third, the traditional glossy color of authenlic Hon-minoshi should be attained by the preservation of the nature of its sentiment.
  • こうぞ
  • 叩解
  • 製法

京都迎賓館にて、本美濃紙の障子が賓客をもてなす

The Hon-minoshi manufactured by the people of the Association for the Preservation of Hon-minoshi Papermaking checks the quality, appearance and the fiber composition, and then certifies it as “Genuine Mino Paper”.
In April 2005, 5,000 Hon-minoshi were manufactured by Paper craft artisans in Sawamura Masashi (Warabi, Mino City) , as an exhibition of a traditional Japanese skill. The paper was then used as lighting fixtures and paper wincows in the corridors and the Fuji Room of the State Guest House in kyoto.

  • 京都迎賓館 藤の間
  • 照明器具
  • 照明器具

選ばれた職人のみが漉くことを許される高品位紙

From the Meiji Taisho, there was also a time when production has become about 4,700 units. However, the home to produce a traditional Japanese Paper with high growth decreased. The apprehension of the local volunteers loves the traditional techniques of this Hon-minoshi, and in order to inherit, in 1960the society of the Preservation of the Mino Paper was formed. In 1969, it was renamed the Association for the Preservation of Hon-minoshi . The members are the only one who are capable of preserving the skills of the most imporant cultural heritage, and manufacturing of the Hon-minoshi.

美濃紙の種類

本美濃紙保存会会員

  • Sawamura Musashi and Miyoko
    Postal Code 501-3788 Gifu Ken, Mino
    City Warabi 752-3
    Telephone and Fax: 0575-34-0146
    Products:Hon-minoshi, Usu-mino, Kyoma and other Shoin Paper
  • Suzuki Hagi and Toyomi(Mino Chikushi Workshop Representative Suzuki Takehisa)
    Postal code 501-3788 Gifu Ken, Mino City, Warabi 1806
    Telephone: 0575-34-0543 Fax: 0575-34-0544
    Representative Suzuki Takehisa
    Products:Hon-minoshi, Usu-mino, Small paper Handling Products
  • Ishihara Hidekazu
    Postal Code 501-3787 Gifu Ken, Mino City,
    Ueno 416
    Telephone and Fax: 0575-37-2940
    Products:Hon-minoshi, Usu-mino, Rice Paper, dyed paper
  • Hasegawa Satoshi ( Hasegawa Paper Workshop Representative Hasegawa Satoshi)
    Postal code 501-3788 Gifu Ken, Mino City, Warabi 1942-1
    Telephone: 0575-34-0479 Fax: 0575-34-0561
    Representative Hasegawa Satoshi
    Products:Mino Shoin Paper, Usu-mino, Japanese paper accessories and others
  • Kurata Makoto (Colsoyado Representative Sawaki Kenji)
    Postal code 501-3705 Gifu Ken, Mino City,
    Tachibana 673-1
    Telephone and Fax: 0575-35-1306
    Products:Hon-minoshi, Usu-mino,Rice Paper, Paper Overboard , other thin papers
  • Ieda Minako
    Postal Code 501-3734 Gifu Ken, Mino City, Chiyune Cho 2710-23 (To Kojima)
    Telephone and Fax: 0575-35-2715
    Products:Hon-minoshi, Usu-mino, Paper Saturation, Pull the other Kira

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