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.
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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
Postal Code 501-3787 Gifu Ken, Mino City,
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,
Telephone and Fax: 0575-35-1306
Products：Hon-minoshi, Usu-mino,Rice Paper, Paper Overboard , other thin papers
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