Tenjin Washi Factory
An hour and half away by plane from Tokyo, Uchiko City, located in Ehime prefecture is a hidden gem that can only be found in Japan. While we have a lot coming up for you about Uchiko in the coming few weeks, we wanted to start this video tour of this wonderful city with the Tenjin Washi Factory where the famous Ozu washi is still made by hand.
Ozu Washi is said to have been manufactured since the Heian era (794-1185), and is mainly used for calligraphy paper, shoji sliding door screens, etc. but also for special application like for the Ikazaki Kite Battle kites. Famous for its quality the Ozu Washi has been made famous for its durability and evenness.
Also if you are interested seeing first hand how Ozu washi is made, know that the Tenjin Washi Factory is open to the public for a free workshop tour upon reservation!