Honmisu gami

– The Paper for preserving Japanese culture –
misu

TESUKI WASHI BERLIN Selections:

Article No. g/m2 size Image
RU-MIS-001 15g/m2 25 x 64cm  
RU-MIS-002 20g/m2 25 x 64cm  
RU-MIS-003 27,5g/m2 25 x 64cm  Uekubo_Honmisu_Atsukuchi_300

*Material: 100% Kozo(Kochi Pref.), White Bark

Yoshino town, located at the center of Nara Prefecture, is a collective term for the central and northern part of the Kii Mountains and the areas along the Yoshino-gawa River, within Yoshino-Kumano National Park. The most famous site in the area is Mt. Yoshino-yama, with over 30,000 cherry trees, it is considered to be the best cherry blossom viewing spot in Japan.
Yoshino is also known for old paper-making town and there are 5 types of Yoshino Washi.
Misugami plays a very important roll in Japan’s culture as it is being used for preserving National Treasures and cultural properties like “Kakemono” or “Kakejiku” (Japanese scroll painting or Calligraphy).
Basically a Japanese scroll comprises of 4 layers of Tesuki Washi on its backside and each sheet of washi has a different character. The 2 middle parts are normally Misugami. When the scroll is hanging on the wall, it should have a certain tension. On the other hand it should be also very soft for rolling when it is put away . It seems like a contradiction but Misugami’s roll is keeping the tension of the scroll and softness of rolling up. A technique particular to Misugami is called “Su-bu-se”, in which the wet piece of paper is set flat onto a drying board, this process creates a soft, yet strong sheet of paper.
Misugami is made by 100% kozo from the Kochi prefecture together with the root of the Tororo-aoi hibiscus plant (Abelmoschus manihot plant) and the outer shell of the Ostrea denselamellos oyster which is refined and made into a white powder( Gofun in Japanese) .

Master:
Ryoji UEKUBO